We had to be awake at 3:30 am to be able to travel from our hotel in Kayenta to the View Hotel in Monument Valley to meet our Navaho guide Ray at 4:45. Ray is part of the Kéyah Hózhóní Navajo native american guiding company. Website here. He took us into the private areas and we drove in his pick-up for half an hour to where we could view the sunrise between the 450 feet high Totem Pole and Yei Bi Chei meaning Navajo spiritual gods. It is located adjacent to the Totem Pole and is imagined as a formation of dancers emerging from a Hogan. I started to take these images just after 5:45am, the sun appeared at 6:10am.
|Totem Pole and Yei Bi Chei|
|Sunrise - Totem Pole and Yei Bi Chei|
|Totem Pole, notice the outline of the native american head near the right base|
|Desert insect which just after it was seen it burrowed into the sand presumably to remove itself from the rising temperature.|
|Animal and reptile tracks.|
|Rattle snake tracks, our guide indicated that the rattler had past this way about ten minutes before we arrived|
|The Bog Hogan rock formation, looks like the outline of a Native American's head with flowing hair|