Dinosaur Tracks and Tipi Camping In and Around Monument Valley

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Day three and four of our road trip saw us driving from Arizona to Utah. The stops along the way were some of the highlights of our trip, with stunning views, wonderful friendly people, and breathtaking views.

I knew we were headed into the Old West, and would be seeing dinosaur tracks, so I did the thrifty travelling momma thing, and stopped at a thrift store and Dollar Store in Flagstaff before hitting the road, and got the girls some hobby horses at the thrift store ($3 each) and cowboy hats, dinosaur toys and other goodies at the Dollar Store. (Some of the best souvenirs for the girls, and literally 1/10th the price of the same goodies at the overpriced gift shops in the middle of nowhere!)
First stop was to the Moenkopi Dinosaur Tracks just outside of Tuba City, Utah. This location features real dinosaur tracks that have been viewed and verified by paleontologists all over the world. The sheer number of tracks and bones and fossils here are just mind boggling. There are literally hundreds of dinosaur tracks and that the view is fantastic. You can see the Hamblin Ridge in the distance, and get a glimpse of a preserved barren desert land on the Navajo Reservation.
The majority of tracks came from the dilophosaurus, a crested dinosaur weighing from 750 pounds to 1000 pounds – very large meat eating dinosaurs! Our tour guide was a real sweetie, and she even gave Tessa a piece of fossilized dinosaur poop to take home! (Tessa calls it her big rawr cacaball.)

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We stopped for the night at the Monument Valley Tipi Village, a small grouping of hand-hewn and hand crafted tipis built and run by a sweet Navajo family. This stop was simply AMAZING. The immense, still beauty of Monument Valley was just to the east of our tipi, that brought gorgeous views with the rising sun. The Rock Door Mesa was just behind us, and to the west was Tear Drop Arch.
The tipi teepees was carpeted, and included camp beds with linens and blankets, a table and a lamp with electrical outlets. It was the craziest marriage of camping and bed and breakfast style luxury. We had fun sitting around the fire, and then spending a quiet morning of the girls playing in the iconic red sands and hopping around on their hobby horses.

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After eating a yummy breakfast of Navajo Tacos at a nearby Chuckwagon, we headed into Monument Valley, the world famous region of the Colorado Plateau that is characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1,000 feet above the valley floor. We took the 17 mile scenic loop drive, with frequent stops along the way so I could take a thousandy and one pictures!

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After our drive we floored it to Colorado for our Mesa Verde visit.. but that is a post for another day! 😉

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Gingi is a photographer, cosplayer, amateur chef, crazy cat lady, anime otaku, bookworm, generic geek, world traveler, conservative Christian, homeschooler, devoted military wife and stay at home new mother of two little girls.

Gingi blogs about anything and everything that is relevant to being a supermom, stay at home wife, homeschooler and geek girl! You can contact her at gingifreeman@gmail.com or via the contact form on her website at www.domesticgeekgirl.com

Gingi Freeman

Gingi is a photographer, cosplayer, amateur chef, crazy cat lady, anime otaku, bookworm, generic geek, world traveler, conservative Christian, homeschooler, devoted military wife and stay at home new mother of two little girls. Gingi blogs about anything and everything that is relevant to being a supermom, stay at home wife, homeschooler and geek girl! You can contact her at gingifreeman@gmail.com or via the contact form on her website at www.domesticgeekgirl.com

86 thoughts on “Dinosaur Tracks and Tipi Camping In and Around Monument Valley

  • 6 August, 2016 at 2:25 am
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    Okay, those tipi teepees are so much nicer on the inside than I ever would have guessed. What a truly unique and fun experience. I would love to take a trip like that someday – very different from what I see in New England on a daily basis!

    • 8 August, 2016 at 8:28 pm
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      Yeah, those tipis were a trip!!! I am ACHING to go back! <3

    • 8 August, 2016 at 8:29 pm
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      Of course! I will stop by and check it out right now! <3

    • 8 August, 2016 at 8:30 pm
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      Thank you Gil!! You too! <3

  • 6 August, 2016 at 3:45 pm
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    Sounds like a lot of fun! Thanks for sharing!

    • 8 August, 2016 at 8:31 pm
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      It was, it was one of the favorite parts of my trip! <3

  • 6 August, 2016 at 3:49 pm
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    Thanks for the travelogue Gingi. Love feeling like I am along on the trip with you.

    • 8 August, 2016 at 8:32 pm
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      Thanks for stopping by Bill! I love sharing my photos! <3

    • 8 August, 2016 at 8:33 pm
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      Right?!?!??! It was so fun! <3

  • 6 August, 2016 at 7:15 pm
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    What a dream trip! The teepees impressed me a lot, and that’s why it’s nice to read a travel post from a photographer, because we got to see and experience what you did too, in some way.
    Love the cheap thrift store hobby horses!

    • 8 August, 2016 at 8:34 pm
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      I am so addicted to photography while traveling.. happy you guys are here to share with, or I would explode with all these unshared photos, haha!

  • 6 August, 2016 at 9:33 pm
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    Gingi – what a fantastic trip.
    Your photo’s are just great and your girls are growing so fast.
    What an amazing experience, you’ve all had.

    Thanks for sharing

    All the best Jan

    • 8 August, 2016 at 8:36 pm
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      I know, it is amazing to me how quickly these little munchkins are growing.. where has the time gone?!?!

    • 8 August, 2016 at 8:38 pm
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      They were, I am pretty sure we MUST go back as a family soon! haha

  • 7 August, 2016 at 2:23 am
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    Amazing photos and thanks for sharing this wonderful adventure with us..

    • 8 August, 2016 at 8:39 pm
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      Awww, thank you! I had so much fun taking these photos! <3

  • 7 August, 2016 at 2:44 am
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    Gingi, these views are so beautiful… wow… it sounds like you and family had a wonderful and fun time… I am not much of a camper so I don’t know if I would like staying in a ti pi.. The red sand and rocks are gorgeous xox

    • 8 August, 2016 at 8:40 pm
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      Thank you Launna! We did have an amazing time!! <3

      • 20 August, 2016 at 2:39 am
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        Hi Gingi, I have just been so busy with organizing, cleaning and working… I am hoping to find some time this weekend, I have a lot going on … I just need to organize my thoughts xox

  • 7 August, 2016 at 4:02 am
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    Great photos. I love that place! It is the coolest. Glad you and the family had a fabulous time.

    • 8 August, 2016 at 8:41 pm
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      Yeah, we NEED to go back.. love our little adventures! <3

    • 8 August, 2016 at 8:41 pm
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      Thank you Kelly!! <3

    • 8 August, 2016 at 8:42 pm
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      <3 <3 <3 <3 Thanks!

    • 8 August, 2016 at 8:43 pm
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      I know right/?!?!?!

    • 8 August, 2016 at 8:47 pm
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      Thanks Shirley!!! <3 <3

  • 8 August, 2016 at 2:47 pm
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    Ah, this makes me want a road trip!! My family lives near there, so I want to go when I visit in March!

    • 8 August, 2016 at 8:48 pm
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      OMG YOU SHOULD!!! Seriously, it doesnt even cost much more than surrounding hotels!!!

  • 8 August, 2016 at 6:10 pm
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    Great photos and it must be so exciting to see the dinosaur prints! The tipi looks great!

    • 8 August, 2016 at 8:49 pm
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      It was, I was surprise just how impressive and cool they were!!

    • 8 August, 2016 at 8:50 pm
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      <3 <3 Thanks for stopping by friend!

  • 8 August, 2016 at 10:49 pm
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    I loved dinosaurs when I was a kid, so those tracks are pretty awesome!

    • 9 August, 2016 at 5:19 pm
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      Yeah, now Tessa is OBSESSED with dinosaurs, its actually pretty cute!

    • 9 August, 2016 at 5:24 pm
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      <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 Thanks!

    • 9 August, 2016 at 5:25 pm
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      Yeah, we felt like Indiana Jones, haha

    • 10 August, 2016 at 5:46 pm
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      Thank you dear! <3 <3

    • 12 August, 2016 at 11:35 pm
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      Awwww, thank you dear!!! <3

    • 13 August, 2016 at 12:15 am
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      No problem, thank you for stopping by sweetie!! <3

    • 13 August, 2016 at 12:16 am
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      You should!! It was AMAZING!!!

    • 14 August, 2016 at 11:39 pm
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      Thanks!!! I was going for an adventurous look for us, haha

    • 14 August, 2016 at 11:40 pm
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      Thanks Gil, that means a lot coming from you! <3

    • 14 August, 2016 at 11:42 pm
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      I know they are, they are so cutest! Thank you!

    • 16 August, 2016 at 3:12 am
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      Thanks for stopping by! <3 <3

    • 17 August, 2016 at 9:53 pm
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      Thanks! <3 <3 <3 <3

    • 19 August, 2016 at 4:03 pm
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      Thanks! I always pick outfits out for vacations to make the theme match, haha! <3

    • 19 August, 2016 at 4:06 pm
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      Awwwwww, thank you! Made my morning!

    • 19 August, 2016 at 4:07 pm
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      Yeah, they knew exactly what they were too! I was so happy watching them have a blast and learn so much!

    • 20 August, 2016 at 6:08 pm
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      Thank you for stopping by! I love taking travel photography! <3

    • 20 August, 2016 at 6:09 pm
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      Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    • 20 August, 2016 at 6:10 pm
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      Oh you should!!! This place was so neat!!!

    • 22 August, 2016 at 4:43 pm
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      I am, you too sweetie! <3

    • 22 August, 2016 at 4:45 pm
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      It was crazy fun! Cant wait to go another adventure!

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