The Navajos control much of the Monument Valley area. This is the land you have seen in many cowboy movies. John Wayne starred in several, two of the most notable are Stagecoach and She wore a yellow ribbon.
We stayed in an area called Gouldings which is a small town of its own including hotel, gas station, grocery store, campground, restaurant, museum, small movie theater, and even a branch of some Utah college all owned by the Goulding family corporation.
The campground was tucked away surrounded by huge sandstone formations. The view from our site looked out between the rock walls to some of the monuments in the valley. The bad news is that two ladies were parked next to us with two yappy dogs. Each time one of the ladies walked away the dogs suffered separation anxiety and barked incessantly. Also one of the ladies was a bit goofy during our interactions with them. Fortunately, we were out sightseeing most of the time.
On the second night they showed She wore a yellow ribbon in the tiny movie theater. Many of the movie scene locations were still intact in this area. We got to walk in John Wayne's footsteps. It was really cool to watch the movie and step outside into the same scene live in front of us.
One day we drove a 17 mile loop road around the rock formations and on another day we did a four and a half mile hike around one of the formations called "the west mitten". IThe hike ended during a wind and rain storm for the last mile or so as we were hiking uphill on sand. The three of us got soaked even though Sue & I had ponchos to wear.
We had a lovely dinner in a tribal restaurant called "The View" looking out at the most photographed monuments just outside. Memorable
The final morning we had breakfast at the Goulding's restaurant looking out at the buildings that were in the movie we saw the night before.
Next, we are on to the Blanding, Utah area which will be our next stop as we head towards Colorado.