May 21, 2017

NAVAJO NATION : the Mittens and Merrick Butte

West Mitten Butte, East Mitten Butte and Merrick Butte

Ansel's View - the Mittens and Merrick Butte at Sunrise, Oljato-Monument Valley, Navajo Nation

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The Mittens and Merrick Butte

The Mittens
West and East Mitten Buttes (also known collectively as The Mittens) are two distinctive geological features found within the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park in northeast Navajo County, Arizona. When viewed from the south, the buttes appear to be two gigantic mittens with their thumbs facing inwards. The two buttes are about 0.6 miles (0.97 km) from the Arizona–Utah state line and West Mitten Butte is 1.1 miles (1.8 km) northeast of the park headquarters. The summit of West Mitten Butte is 6,176 feet (1,882 m) and East Mitten Butte is 6,226 feet (1,898 m) in elevation.

The Mittens form a triangle with Merrick Butte about 2/3 of a mile to the south and, with Sentinel Mesa. The buttes are made of three principal rock layers. The lowest layer is Organ Rock Shale, the middle is de Chelly Sandstone, and the top layer is the Moenkopi Formation capped by Shinarump Conglomerate.

Merrick Butte
Merrick Butte is a butte located in Monument Valley in extreme northeast Navajo County, Arizona. It is located 1.4 miles (2.3 km) east of the monument headquarters and 1.25 miles (2.01 km) south of the Arizona–Utah state line. It is part of the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park and is similar to its neighbors West and East Mitten Buttes just to the north.

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