About 40 km northeast of Monument Valley lies the Valley of the Gods. In contrast to the Monument Valley, it is hardly touristically developed and instead of a visitor center, there is only a notice board that explains that on the approximately 27 km long, unpaved road through the valley, one is largely on one’s own and that four-wheel drive is recommended.
After a short time you realize that you have left civilization behind you. Not a soul far and wide and absolute silence that is only occasionally interrupted by the chirping of a lonely bird.
On our one-week tour across the Four-Corners region, in which the four states Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico border each other, we (my wife and I) reach Monument Valley at about 1,900 m above sea level. It is located on the border between Arizona and Utah and looks breathtaking and as not of this world. No wonder it has served as a backdrop for many film and television productions.
These striking rock formations, which are called “Butte” in English, are known from several wild west films. One almost expects John Wayne to come around the corner on horseback. Fascinating is the endless expanse and desolation of the desert landscape shimmering in the heat.
This breathtaking view of Monument Valley shows the beauty and dimensions of this spectacular desert. In the film “Forrest Gump,” it served as the backdrop for the end of his three-year run across the United States.
The way to the northern edge of the Grand Canyon leads over the Kaibab Plateau, which towers like an island over the desert-like Colorado Plateau. Green and wooded, it reaches a height of about 2,800 meters and is thus almost as high as Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze.
This photo was taken from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon towards the South Rim. The green Colorado River, which formed this magnificent gorge, can be seen at the right edge in the middle of the picture. The northern edge is about 300 m higher than the southern edge, cooler and in contrast to the south green and wooded.
In the southwest of the USA, a regional monsoon can occur between July and September. Heavy cloudbursts and thunderstorms are the consequence and in the otherwise very dry desert areas a large part of the annual precipitation falls in this time.