Arizona January 09, 2019
The Mysterious Hidden Gem Attraction In Arizona You Never Even Knew Existed
Hiding in a remote corner of Monument Valley is a lightly-trafficked area of Native American ruins, naturally-formed arches, and towering box canyons. It’s truly a shame how unknown this mysterious stretch of desert is. Check it out:
Nearly 1,000 years ago, the Puebloan people occupied Mystery Valley. Around half a millennia later, the area was claimed by the Navajo tribe who currently reside there.
Two of the world's most powerful forces — wind and water — have shaped these rock walls. Geologists speculate this entire landscape was once underwater, allowing erosion to create the beautiful formations in existence today.
Several different arches were formed with such precision and accuracy, you'll swear humans had a hand in their creation. It's truly awe-inspiring to see what Mother Nature is capable of.
Ruins of the ancient peoples can still be seen all over the valley. We assume this is a former dwelling that still hasn't yet succumbed to the harsh desert elements.
You'll also see petroglyphs scattered around on the rock faces. Treat it like a scavenger hunt and see how many you can spot.
A cluster of handprints leaves visitors with questions that will likely never get answered. They don't call it Mystery Valley for nothing!
So, explore one of Arizona's most lightly-trafficked spots and see how the indigenous people lived. You just might feel on top of the world.
Due to the land's sacred nature, prospective visitors must first hire a Navajo guide. You can do so at the nearby Monument Valley Visitor Center, which is located at U.S. 163 Scenic, Oljato-Monument Valley, AZ 84536.
Have you ever been to Mystery Valley? What’s your favorite hidden gem attraction in Arizona?
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Address: 163 Scenic, Oljato-Monument Valley, AZ 84536