No cliffs, just buttes
I arrived late in the evening at Monument Valley, tired from the long drive from Bryce Canyon. I pitched my tent on a narrow strip of sand next to the Navajo visitor centre car park, and fell asleep.
I woke at dawn to this view—the iconic backdrop of the cowboy movies of my childhood. I felt the usual prickle of not-quite-recognition that attended much of my drive round the US that year.
Within an hour, the car park was beginning to fill. But for an hour, I had this magical place to myself.
The image here is shot using the High Dynamic Range technique—three images taken at low, medium, and high exposure then composited to capture the detail in the bright sky and shadowed base of the buttes.