Photographer's Note

Before movie director John Ford, Arizona's Monument Valley was mostly unknown except to the Navajo Native Americans. Ford's 1939 film Stagecoach, and returning there later to film scenes for The Searchers, Fort Apache, and She Wore a Yellow Ribbon made people aware of the majestic beauty unlike scenery anywhere else.

In Stanley Kubrick's flick 2001: A Space Odyssey the climax with Keir Dulleau traveling through a 'stargate' was from here.

Here are some of the other flicks with scenes shot in Monument Valley:

Once Upon a Time in the West (although shot mostly in Spain and Italy)
Easy Rider - (in the beginning)
Electra Glide in Blue
The Eiger Sanction
National Lampoon's Vacation
Back to the Future III
Thelma & Louise
Forest Gump (where he ends his cross-country run)
Mission Impossible II (Tom Cruise climbing a monolith)
Vertical Limit
Windtalkers (opening and closing scenes)

And today Monument Valley remains very much like John Ford discovered in 1939. No hotels, restaurants, shops, etc., just Nature's domain.

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