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is part of the Navajo Nation in southeastern Utah.
Beginning in 1925 with the film The Vanishing American,
Monument Valley has been the visual representation of the American West. John Ford made Monument Valley famous as the backdrop for most of his Westerns including Stagecoach
, Fort Apache
, How the West Was Won
, My Darling Clementine
, and The Searchers
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After getting our permit for The Wave
, we stopped for lunch at the Paria Scenic Viewpoint and then drove a dangerous, rutted, unpaved road down toward the Paria Ghost Town. The road got far too steep and treacherous and we were worried we wouldn’t make it back up, so we stopped the car at a pull off and continued down on foot.