Monument Valley - Motion Picture Locations
Monument Valley from US163 looking over the entire 180 degree southern horizon. The Stagecoach Butte-Saddleback Mesa constellation is right of frame with Eagle Mesa farthest right. That's a lot of sky.
Monument Valley is a cinematographer's and photographer's dream. In every direction, large figures feature in the frame and by moving the camera position, can be arranged to compose any scene. Largely by accident, Monument Valley has been preserved as a motion picture location. Had it not existed, it should have been created. Monument Valley itself is a small area but can be used almost indefinitly for locations due to the number of different perspectives available. Any country wishing to start for itself a motion picture industry could do so if it could manage Soviet-scale construction projects which could built butte and mesa such as these.
Monument Valley Approach: NATO TPC G-19A 1:500,000 air chart, Monument Valley, AZ-UT. Kayenta, AZ is lower left of frame, Mexican Hat, UT upper right . The AZ/UT border runs along the 37 degree Latitude line. As you transit US 163 you drive past Agathla Peak on your right hand side. Finally you enter Monument Valley with Gouldings on on your left hand side and the Valley Road on your right hand side. You can see that both Gouldings airfield and A-Z Minerals airfield are marked on this air chart, which used data compiled around 1972
NATO ONC G-19 air chart Monument Valley AZ and Zion Canyon UT
+ The John Ford's Western Stagecoach (1939) was the first Movie to be shot in Monument Valley
+ Forte Apache (1948)
+ John Ford used Monument Valley again in the Movie She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) filmed almost entirely in Monument Valley.
+ There is a brief scene shot in Monument Valley in Lone Star (1951)
+ John Ford shot The Searchers (1956) in Monument Valley.
+ There is a brief but iconic scene a few minutes from the end of Forrest Gump (1994)
+ In the opening credits of Makenna's Gold (1969) the aerial footage shows the Three Sisters and the Mittens preceded immediatly by some footage shot between the towers just before the Totem Pole. The rest of Makenna's Gold is filmed in Canyon de Chelly. At 01:38:00 as we enter the final scenes, Shiprock, the great tower features as the rock whose shadow gives away position of the canyon of gold.
+ Clint Eastwood filmed The Eiger Sanction (1975) using Monument Valley and Zion Canyon, Utah, for the climbing sequences.
- Clint Eastwood's arrival in Monument Valley at A-Z Minerals Airfield
- Clint Eastwood's training climb with George Kennedy in Monument Valley
John Ford's My Darling Clementine (1946) , under Gouldings Lodge
Monument Valley approach from the east showing the location used in Forrest Gump (1994). Recently in 2012 a roadside sign has been added to mark the spot.
General map of Monument Valley showing schematic of road layout.
General map of Monument Valley together with aerial photograph of Stagecoach Butte constellation superimposed.
Topographic map of Gouldings Lodge
Schematic map of the Mesa and grouping of Butte in Monument Valley.
Monument Valley from the East, arriving from Mexican Hat.
John Wayne and John Ford
+ SEE ALSO
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1971), the novel by Hunter S. Thompson
+ EXTERNAL LINKS
- Other Motion Pictures filmed in Monument Valley are listed here
- Article in the Smithsonian Magazine
- Robbers Roost, in Utah , half way between Grand Junction and Las Vegas.
- Outlaw Trail
- - https://www.questia.com/library/2709491/the-outlaw-trail-a-history-of-butch-cassidy-and-his
- - http://www.wyohistory.org/encyclopedia/butch-cassidy-wyoming
- - http://bigskyjournal.com/Features/Story/fly-fishing-the-outlaw-trail
- Large panoramas of Monument Valley
Monument Valley in 1933. Photograph taken from somewhere in front of Goulding's Lodge.
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