5 states in 9 days. The latest of half-a-dozen road trips through here in the past 4 years. Still finding new things and returning to favorites with plenty yet unseen. New for me this time were Valley of the Gods in Utah and the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in the White Mountains of eastern California. Oh, the Maroon Bells in Aspen, Colorado and Monument Valley revealed themselves to me on this trip too.
The View Hotel is fabulous! I heard they book up a year in advance. However, after Mai and I arrived and had lunch, an inquiry at the hotel desk brought us instant delight! Yes rooms are available! We can even have one with a premium view for not a lot of money! Even better! We were in room 129 and he view from the room is the photo at the top of the page. It was a very civilized sunrise for a landscape photographer. Sleep till 30 minutes before sunrise, then get up to hot coffee and a serene wait for the sun while lounging at my patio table.
My recommendation, if you’re going to visit Monument Valley is to stay at the View Hotel and not Goulding’s. Gouldning’s is not at the valley but about 5 miles away. The food at Goulding’s is better though… much better. Just a friendly tip to give you the five-star experience.
Below is a random selection of my favorite shots.