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America's Most Beautiful Landmarks

Monument Valley, UT/AZ

Sarita Vidal

Monument Valley, UT/AZ

Straddling the Utah and Arizona border on a Navajo Tribal Park, this vast desert valley is punctuated by red siltstone buttes sculpted by the wind into hand-like shapes known as “mittens.” Director John Ford immortalized the landscape in western films like The Searchers.

How to See It: Hike the four-mile Wildcat Trail around the Left Mitten for an entirely different view of the monoliths—some reaching as high as 1,000 feet—from directly below.

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