Monday, March 30, 2020

Horseback Riding in Monument Valley | Day Four


Looking at these pictures makes me feel sore all over again, haha! One of the things I really wanted to do on our trip was go horseback riding. Originally, we planned to do it in Zion National Park, but the company we were interested in wasn't open until the following week. So we decided to do it in Monument Valley! I can't think of a better way to see these amazing monuments! 

Monument Valley is Navajo land, so the road through the valley is very rough and only Navajo can live there. We had a Navajo horseback guide, and he was so kind. He had never left the area, and didn't even know where Florida was when we told him where we were from. 










The views from our horseback ride were incredible. There is no way to see the Valley fully in your car. (Pro tip! Take Dramamine if you are prone to motion sickness! The road is nauseating.)

Below is my money shot! Our horseback tour was at sunrise, which made for awe inspiring photos.


The stable was very primitive! They had an outhouse...like one with the moon on it and everything. And there was no door to the outhouse, so that was interesting. 


Thankfully, we stayed at a lovely hotel right outside the park. Goulding's Lodge has been there forever, but it was spotless, modern enough, and had AMAZING food. We loved staying there.

Running from the indoor pool back to our room in the freezing cold will always be a fun memory for us! Plus, the hotel had forged a few trails around the area, and so we were also able to work in another hike after resting from our horse adventure. 






Did you know people like to stack rocks on trails? I still don't get it, but it's cool looking anyway. 

Funny thing happened while we were staying here! Monument Valley is in Utah, just over the state line, boarding Arizona. While we were there, the time changed for Daylight Saving. So, we started off in Nevada in one time zone, drove to another, the time changed....but Arizona does not observe Daylight Saving...Utah does...So we were very confused! You might say, well, you are vacation! What's the time matter! I'd agree, if we were at the beach or something, but all of our activities were scheduled with tour guides and outdoors, so the time did very much matter! 

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