It was still in the low 50's at 10 am when we took the 1 mile round trip walk, and the forecast was for a high of only 59, so we were already thinking about how cold it would be on our tour, which was scheduled to end about 7:15 pm.
We each layered up for our afternoon tour.....I wore an UnderArmor long sleeved shirt, a long sleeve hiking shirt over that, then a vest. For later in the afternoon I brought a jacket, my watch cap and some warm gloves.....by the end of the tour we were both very happy for every article of clothing we brought with us. Normally it's in the 70's during the day here, but we are in a brief 2 day cold snap. The temps will warm back up to the mid 70's by Saturday.
A little history about the area......Harry Goulding and his wife Leone bought 641 acres of land adjacent to Monument Valley back in 1921 to establish a trading post. Our tour guide, Carol, advised that it was Harry Goulding that helped the local Navajo tribes turn Monument Valley into the first tribal park. I believe there are four now scattered across the U.S. If you would like more info on the Gouldings click the link above.
We were picked up in the vehicle shown above, joining about 18 others (at $70/person that is a good amount of money for one tour....$1400). For us it was a little pricey, but after taking the tour I can tell you it is well worth it, especially to have such a knowledgeable guide such as we had in Carol, who is a full blood Navajo, born on the reservation. She was sent off to boarding school at age 14 in Salt Lake City, and also attended college there before moving back to Monument Valley at age 21. In the Navajo culture there are still, to some degree, arranged marriages, but her mother did not want that for her, so she signed Carol up for boarding school.
I won't pretend to remember all the names of all the buttes, 'windows', and arches but will let the following pictures tell the story......