These pictures are from Canyon De Chelly National Monument, part of our recent roadtrip to the Four Corners area. (Shared with the blogging community at SKYWATCH FRIDAY.)
Geologists say that formation of this 800 foot tall red sandstone monolith began 230 million years ago. Dine' (Navajo) legend says that it was the home of Spider Woman, one of their Deities.
Spider Woman possessed supernatural powers and protected the people. She also taught them the art of weaving. Her web stretched between these spires.
For many years, ancestors of today's Navajo people lived in caves and sandstone dwellings within the canyons that now comprise this national monument.
This is the White House, one of the ruins that we visited.