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Leaving Dead Horse Point State Park and Moab, we drove south to Blanding, UT our next stop.

On the way we took a side trip to see the Needles Overlook just 21 miles off highway 191 and  outside of Canyonlands National Park. It was high noon, but I took the following photo anyway. It gives you a hint of the vastness of the Needles District of Canyonlands, which is in the background of the picture.

As usual click on the images to see them in full size.

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Back on highway 191, we drove a little bit further south and took another 12-mile detour to see Newspaper Rock, a Utah state monument covered with petroglyphs some dating back as far as 2,000 years ago. It is not much to see, but here it is.

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After that we stopped in Blanding, checked in to our hotel then drove on to Monument Valley to take the following photos at sunset. We had been to Monument Valley before, but last time we took a Navajo tour which went around the major sites. It was in early afternoon, hot, dusty, and not very comfortable. This time we went to the Monument Valley Visitor Center with a prominent view of the valley as seen in many Western movies made last century by John Ford and others.

The first photo is of the West Mitten and East Mitten.

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The next one shows the mittens again, with Merrick Butte on the right and Big Indian on the left.

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To take  these same pictures at sunrise would have been great, but for that we would have had to stay at The View Hotel next to the Visitor Center. We had other plans for the following morning, so we drove back to Blanding for the night.

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