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MONDAY, JUNE 7, 2010:

Before leaving the Grand Canyon on Monday morning I took a helicopter tour with Maverick Helicopters.
My Canyon Spirit tour departed from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Upon reaching the edge of the canyon,
the South Rim gently drops away as the North Rim and eastern end of the canyon come into view. The journey continued
as we followed the Colorado River upstream to where it merges with the Little Colorado River. We viewed Marble Canyon
and Point Imperial as we flew through the canyon and climbed above the North Rim.
Me and my Maverick Helicopter pilot Colorado River running through Grand Canyon from helicopter Point Imperial on North Rim of Grand Canyon from helicopter

We experienced fabulous bird's-eye views once on the North Rim, and then head south through the Dragon Corridor,
the widest and deepest part of the canyon. As we crossed over the Colorado River, we flew over the South Rim
and the Kaibab National Forest landing back at the Grand Canyon Airport.
Forest on North Rim of Grand Canyon from helicopter Grand Canyon from helicopter Grand Canyon from helicopter

I had to battle some glare from the windows and some bumps in the air to capture the flight video below.

After the helicopter tour it was a 180 mile drive across the Arizona desert to Monument Valley.
I passed Agathia Peak about 15 miles south of the Navajo Nation tribal park.
Monument Valley is a Navajo Nation tribal park, straddling the border of northeastern Arizona and
southeastern Utah of the Colorado Plateau. It preserves the Navajo way of life and some of the most
striking and recognizable landscapes of sandstone buttes, mesas and spires in the entire Southwest.
The area is entirely within the Navajo Indian Reservation near the small Indian town of Goulding.
Agathia Peak, near Monument Valley The Mittens and Merrick Butte in Monument Valley Monument Valley

The view from the visitor center is quite spectacular, but most of the park can only be seen from the 17-mile dirt
road which goes southeast among the cliffs and mesas. The road can be very rough at times but is worth the effort.
John Ford Point in Monument Valley Me in Monument Valley Monument Valley

Monument Valley became world famous when it was featured in many western film classics,
including John Ford's Stagecoach, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon and Cheyenne Autumn.
The Navajo Nation established the tribal park that includes dramatic buttes, mesas and monoliths.
Monument Valley Monument Valley Monument Valley

The View Hotel, where I stayed, is a Navajo owned business located within the Navajo Nation and the Navajo Tribal
park at Monument Valley. It opened in December 2008 and features carefully designed accommodations that serve the
needs of visitors from around the world while blending with the environment so as not to detract from the beauty
of Monument Valley. Each room has a private eastern facing balcony with views unlike anywhere else in world.
The View Hotel in Monument Valley The View Hotel in Monument Valley The View Hotel in Monument Valley

The four minute video below is of the new View Hotel at Monument Valley.

I ended my day by watching the sunset from the hotel.
Sunset in Monument Valley Sunset in Monument Valley Sunset in Monument Valley

I especially like the beginning of the eleven minute video below showing sunrise at Monument Valley.

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