Where God put the West
Ford got the tip-off
Harry Goulding was a trader with land in Monument Valley. Because of the disasters suffered by the Navajo as a result of the Great Depression, he travelled to Los Angeles in search of a director who would be willing to film there. He convinced John Ford and the rest is film history. Today, Goulding’s Lodge, a hotel and museum, stands as a reminder and still welcomes visitors.
The dustiest film set
The first western filmed in Monument Valley was not by John Ford but by George B. Seitz, who directed "The Vanishing American" in 1925. Other movies shot here are "Back to the Future Part III" (1990), "Thelma and Louise" (1991) and "The Lone Ranger" (2013).