The Navajo NMP is where one can see a 'cliff dwelling'. I was very interested in seeing one of these dwellings 'for real' as I remember seeing them in the western movies, years ago and wondering how one could live on the side of a mountain. Of course the movies usually depicted the dweller as a lone, forlorn female. In truth the dwellings were little communities. The one we saw, shown below, was 400 feet across 300 feet deep and held 25 homes with 100 - 125 people.
The dwelling itself might have seemed confining, but the scenerey just 'out the front door' was anything but.
From the cliff dwelling we drove on to Monumnet Valley. Think John Wayne movies here. Iconi, monolithic outcroppings seen in many westerns, went on for miles through this valley.
For the entire day last Tuesday, all of what we saw and drove through was in Navajo Nation. The largest First Nations area in North America. From what we saw, the Navajo seem to be an industrious people. Our hotel was Navajo run. As was the restaurant where we ate dinner and all staff in the local grocery store. When we stopped for gas, a flyer announced a Bingo evening. First prize was 10 bales of hay. Seeing the extreme dessert conditions, I can imagine that prize attracting a full house.
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