I got to extend my stays here in Chandler due to some business needs, but still the day to leave this beautiful country is counting down. Although I have experience a super long and tiring road trip on one of the weekend to Zion and Bryce National Park, but I still wish to have more encounter with the amazing natural scenery USA have to offer. During my conversation with Guia, she highly recommend to give a visit to Moab, which offer centralize access to both Arches and Canyonlands National Park. Immediately it become my final weekend plan here in Chandler!
We depart at around 5AM in the morning, both BH and EL was super energetic as both of them have a sleepless night shopping in Walmart, crazy! As a result, both of them sleep soundly during the drive lol! One way drive to Moab was nearly up to 500 Miles in distance, hence it was perfect to have a break on a very famous Monument Valley, after nearly 4 hours of drive. Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 300 Meters above the valley floor, and it is located on the Arizona–Utah border.
It was a norm that the ranger will collect the entrance fee whenever you are driving into any national or state parks, but the entrance gate was kept opened and no one was there to collect the payment from us. Until we park our car and asking around, and we realize that the scenic drive of the park was closed due to on going marathon event. Well, it did help us to decide that we won't spend more time to drive into the park anymore, and we still able to grab the famous view into the butte, free of charge! Visited the store for some souvenir, make a quick time check, and we are ready to continue the road trip, Moab is getting nearer by now!
Nearly 350 Miles all the way from Chandler to reach Monument Valley.
Humphreys Peak view while taking a break in Flagstaff.
The View hotel next to the visitor center.
Say hi to the Monument Valley!
The scenic drive road closing due to on going marathon event.
From the left, West Mitten Butte, East Mitten Butte, and Merrick Butte.
The view point that we snap almost all the photos from.
The view from the store.
EL with the Monument Valley.
It might not look that huge from here, but in actual size these butte are having approximate height of 300 Meters each!
Posing with the Monument Valley.
BH with his unique style of posing.
Bye for now, hope to have the opportunity next time to explore the scenic drive and close up to these amazing butte.
SP posing for a shot before moving on with our road trip.
While waiting for this guy to recharge himself with cigarette.
Monument Valley - USA