Monument Valley: Symbol of the West and surface protection
In the dry, red sands of southern Utah lies the majestic Monument Valley, admired for generations by both Americans and the world over for its grandeur and beauty.
With its towering, iconic boulders and mountains littering its dusty countryside, Monument Valley is a constant reminder of the magnificence of nature. But what you might not have known is that it's also a reminder of the importance of surface protection for natural stone.
Monument Valley: Icon of the West
Even before the arrival of European settlers, Monument Valley's epic surroundings were appreciated and inhabited by the Anasazi Indians, first, and then the Navajo.
The approximate 92,000 acre park first captured the popular imagination thanks to the films of John Ford, who set some of his most iconic Westerns there. Movies like 1938's Stagecoach and 1956's The Searchers used its extraordinary landscape as the backdrop for stories of cowboys and outlaws, forever solidifying Monument Valley's association with the West.
He was not the only one. Italian "Spaghetti Western" director Sergio Leone came from Italy in 1968 to film his masterpiece, Once Upon a Time in the West, in its imposing terrain, making it famous for another generation of moviegoers.
Since then, its sandstone monoliths have become a Mecca for both film buffs and nature lovers interested in seeing the untouched West.
The unique landforms of Monument Valley
Monument Valley is distinct for the unusually shaped rocks and boulders which pepper its environment, standing between 400 and 1,000 feet tall. This unique landscape is a product of water-based weathering and erosion over hundreds of millions of years.
Starting out as a lowland basin long before human beings were on the scene, layer upon layer of eroded material piled up into a plateau, which further erosion wore down into the monuments we see today. The valley reminds us of the power of water and the elements to wear down natural stone surfaces like sandstone.
While the rocks of Monument Valley are surely breathtaking, that doesn't mean you want your natural stone surface at home to go the same way. That's why it's crucial to use an impregnating sealer like Dry-Treat's STAIN-PROOF Original™ to repel water and keep your stone looking untouched.