New Mexico Geological Society
Fall Field Conference Guidebook - 24
Monument Valley and Vicinity, Arizona and Utah


H. L. James, ed, 1973, 232 pages.

"My first view of Monument Valley was in the light of a setting sun. The monuments and spires were tall, regal fingers of burnished sandstone, almost ghostly in appearance, and the shadows they cast were long, long shadows, so long they seemed to flow off the very edges of the earth. The scene was unreal, strange and unearthly. It would not have been surprising to the beholder to see a dinosaur or some other prehistoric monster come hobbling along scratching his back on the towering spires, but the only movement on that vast panorama of slick rock, sky, sand and silence was a shepherd and his flock moving slowly toward some hidden hogan." Raymond Carlson, Editor Emeritus Arizona Highways.

The first day road log is from Farmington, New Mexico to Kayenta, Arizona, via Shiprock, Four Corners, Aneth, Bluff, Cedar Mesa, Goosenecks and Mexican Hat.The second day road log is from Kayenta, Arizona to Black Mesa and Navajo National Monument. There is also a separate road log for the trip into Monument Valley. The third day road log is from Kayenta, Arizona to Gallup, New Mexico via Dinnehotso, Rock Point, Round Rock, Many Farms, Chinle, Canyon de Chelly, Ganado, St. Michaels, Hunters Point and Lupton.

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Table of Contents:

Note —Downloads of the papers below are free. Road logs mini-papers, maps, and other sections are only available in print.

  1. First day road log from Farmington, New Mexico, to Kayenta, Arizona
    — Donald L. Baars, S. R. Ash, W. L. Chenoweth, H. L. James, R. B. O'Sullivan, and J. A. Ellingson, pp. 1-24.
  2. Second day road log from Kayenta, Arizona, to Black Mesa and Navajo National Monument
    — D. L. Baars, Ash, Sidney, R., William L. Chenoweth, J. D. Strobell Jr., and H. L. James, pp. 26-36.
  3. Second day road log of Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
    — D. L. Baars, Sidney R. Ash, and H. L. James, pp. 37-45.
  4. Road log from Kayenta, Arizona, to Gallup, New Mexico
    — Donald L. Baars, R. B. O'Sullivan, S. R. Ash, and H. L. James, pp. 46-60.
  5. Papers:

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  6. Geomorphology of the Navajo country (1.97 MB PDF)
    — W. Lee Stokes, pp. 61-67.
  7. Permianland: The rocks of Monument Valley (1.58 MB PDF)
    — D. L. Baars, pp. 68-71.
  8. Triassic rocks of northeast Arizona and adjacent areas (1.91 MB PDF)
    — Robert B. O'Sullivan and Morris W. Green, pp. 72-78.
  9. Jurassic rocks of northeast Arizona and adjacent areas (1.03 MB PDF)
    — Robert B. O'Sullivan and Lawrence C. Craig, pp. 79-85.
  10. Cretaceous stratigraphy of the Four Corners area (891 KB PDF)
    — Robert G. Young, pp. 86-93.
  11. Vertebrates from the Cutler Group of Monument Valley and vicinity (683 KB PDF)
    — Peter Paul Vaughn, pp. 99-105.
  12. Tertiary igneous rocks of the Navajo Country, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah (1.32 MB PDF)
    — J. Paul Fitzsimmons, pp. 106-109.
  13. Pebbles from the Chinle and Morrison Formations (1.06 MB PDF)
    — Constance Nuss Dodge, pp. 114+121.
  14. The uranium deposits of northeastern Arizona (1.62 MB PDF)
    — William L. Chenoweth and Roger C. Malan, pp. 139-149.
  15. Ground water in the Navajo sandstone in the Black Mesa area, Arizona (1.03 MB PDF)
    — E. H. McGavock and Gary W. Levings, pp. 150-156.
  16. Lexicon of stratigraphic names of the Monument Valley-Four Corners region (936 KB PDF)
    — Stuart A. Northrop, pp. 157-176.
  17. Ancient cultures of the southwest (2.10 MB PDF)
    — Martin Link, pp. 177-180.
  18. Navajo history: A 3000-year sketch (2.25 MB PDF)
    — Editha L. Watson, pp. 181-185.
  19. Hole-in-the-rock expedition (3.44 MB PDF)
    — David E. Miller, pp. 186-191.
  20. Navajo rugs: The regional style (2.20 MB PDF)
    — H. L. James, pp. 192-198.
  21. Movie-making in Monument Valley (2.02 MB PDF)
    — Richard E. Klinck, pp. 199-203.