Mystery Saucers

Mystery Saucers

Tucked away in the Navajo Nation lies Mystery Valley, which, like its name suggests, is a place of mystery. It is right next to the far more famous Monument Valley, which receives most of the area’s attention. Still, Mystery Valley has wonders all of its own and rewards those who visit handsomely.

Although it lacks the tall monuments of its neighbor, it does have a rich and deep culture. Throughout in the valley, often where you least expect it, are the remains of ancient dwellings. Some are tucked into alcoves, and all are strategically located. They are no longer occupied, but they are certainly not forgotten, either. They are sacred places, and their very presence can be felt throughout the valley, They are a poignant reminder of those who came before us.

Mystery Valley also sports some impressive rock formations, such as these saucers. Wind and erosional forces have sculpted the sandstone into these swirled discs reminiscent of a flyer saucer, poised for liftoff to places beyond. Combined with moody skies and the far off buttes, it makes for an incredible, surreal landscape, and one that completely lives up to the moniker of Mystery Valley. I really like how the saucers point toward Monument Valley in the distance, and how they provide a contrast between the sands, and sandstone, of the valley and the massive monuments.

There is something deep and powerful about the entire valley. At first glance it appears barren and lifeless, but as you spend time there, you begin to realize just how alive it really is. Small wildlife abounds, as does larger animals such as wild horses. Perhaps they are used to sights, perhaps not, but either way, they live in a land full of wonder.

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