For reasons I no longer remember, I recently stumbled across a write-up about Valley of the Gods, Utah from VIA Magazine (AAA).

Sunrise on Valley of the Gods by jwoodphoto on Flickr

You see, I've always wanted to visit Monument Valley and I probably followed a link related to that. Maybe it was the picture above?

Anyway, the Valley of the Gods is apparently a smaller version of Monument Valley:

Many people have seen Monument Valley, the vast, iconic desert on the Arizona-Utah border that’s gorgeously interrupted by colossal sandstone monoliths, like bulky ships sailing an ocean of sand. Most often they’ve seen it in the context of a Hollywood shoot-’em-up with cowboys like John Wayne twirling six-shooters and dodging arrows. But few people know that 40 miles up the road there is another monumental valley—a geological Mini-Me known as the Valley of the Gods. A quarter the size of its famed neighbor, it has dozens of equally spectacular sandstone sculptures and spires, but on a smaller scale. What they lack in size, they make up for in brilliant color and variety. And best of all, you’re unlikely to see a single tourist bus here.

Excellent. I'll have to visit one of these days.

The most amusing thing about this article, however, came at the very end: the food recommendation.

A visit here isn’t complete without a stop at Twin Rocks Cafe, at the foot of a pair of natural sandstone towers, for a Navajo taco—chili, lettuce, and cheese served on fry bread. It’s a little like eating taco fixings slathered on a doughnut, and it’s surprisingly tasty.

Taco fixings on a doughnut? Homer Simpson would be proud! :-)

Posted by jzawodn at September 14, 2006 05:12 PM

Reader Comments
# Dave Smith said:

Valley of the Gods a great place to fly over at (relatively) low altitude. You might get the impression that some giant tried to zip that part of the earth up, but the zipper got stuck.

on September 14, 2006 08:19 PM
# Joseph Hunkins said:

Nice pic, but who needs scenery when you've got doughnut tacos for dinner? Mmmm.

on September 14, 2006 09:58 PM
# SandiK said:

Navajo tacos rock! I was so hungry for one last night I almost drove clear across town to get one. Thanks, now I HAVE to go tonight!

on September 15, 2006 06:46 AM
# Ged said:

It looks awesome and reminds me of my favourite Henry Fonda movie Once upon a time in the west. Leone went and shot in Nevada with a spaghetti western sensibility as a homage to all the John Ford films that he loved and used some of the great actors of their time: Woody Strode, Bronson and of course Fonda himself.

on September 17, 2006 02:41 PM
# Jacques said:

Excellent photo! This is super tip to nice trip, thank you.

on September 18, 2006 06:00 AM
# tom said:

really nice pic hard to find such pics..

on September 28, 2006 05:22 AM
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