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15 Days USA-West: Monument Valley, Navajos and Dinosaur Track Sites!

Days 13-15:

Day 13: Monument Valley

You can book a book a half-day or full-day jeep tour in monument valley or also drive with your own car. The track is appropriate only for jeeps.

Our trip guide was a Navajo Indian. He told us the fact that Navajos never lived in tents as in Hollywood movies but lived in homes called Hogan which are made from wooden pieces and mud. The female house and male house differs. The one with round roof in the photo is the female.

The Civil War brought many soldiers to the Southwest, who forced Navajos and Apaches from their homelands through starvation. Now they are back to their land. About 300 000 Navajos lives currently in US and the Navajo Nation Reservation is the largest land area assigned to a Native American jurisdiction within the United States.

I'm a poooor lonesome cowboy....I've a long long way from home ♪ ♬ ♪ ♬ ...

Many film scenes were shot in Monument Valley: Back to the Future, Mission Impossible, the westerns with Clint Eastwood, John Wayne...but here, the first thing came to my mind is the ending scene of my childhoods favorite cartoon: Lucky Luke !

Day 14: On the way to Salt Lake City: Dinosaur Track Sites:

Near to Tuba City, you can find dinosaur track sites with fossil footprints and an unearthed dinosaur skeleton. They were formed during the Early Jurassic period (approximately 200 million years ago) when here was a subtropical region filled with lakes and swamps.

You can tour here in a half-hour or less. It is shadeless and very hot in the summer.

Day 15: Departure from Salt Lake City

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