Video: Riding the Rez

Shonie De La Rosa
11/11/13

My name is Shonie De La Rosa and I live in Kayenta, Arizona on the Navajo Nation, which is located in the four corners region of the United States. Kayenta is also know as the "Gateway to Monument Valley" and thousands of people visit every year from all over the world. 

A few of my friends and I are on the local search and rescue team, and since the terrain is so rugged and vast, we utilize ATV’s in the majority of our searches. In our off time, we like to hone our riding skills by taking random ATV rides whenever we can.

In this video, “Riding the Rez Part 3” we are riding in an area that is just a few miles north of Kayenta on US Highway 163 and about 10 miles south of Monument Valley. We took a dirt road that heads east past a rock formation called “Gorilla Rock.” To the north of this formation is another volcanic rock formation called “El Capitan” which is featured in dozens of popular photographs of the southwest.

To the right, on this road, is a very long stretch of volcanic rock called “Comb Ridge”; to the left there's nothing but flat desert, sand dunes and sand stone rock formations in the distance. It is these rock formations, and the canyons within them, that we explored.

Once we approached our turn to get off these rock formations, we had to wind our way through the sand dunes, which was a lot of fun. Upon arriving at the rock formations you'll get a really good look at how big these are, they simply tower over you.

We explored the multiple canyons and rode in each one as far as we could. Towards the end, you can see an arch that we happened to stumble upon. I had heard stories of this arch from a few elderly locals, but had never seen it. It was quite a surprise to just stumble upon it without having to look for it.

There are so many places to see around here. Sure, this area is a major tourist attraction, and has its many popular sites to see, such as Monument Valley, El Capitan, Navajo National Monument, etc., but there are many places here that are just as awesome that many never get to see.

 

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Submitted by bullbear on
I absolutely abhor ATV's !! Without any regulations and strictly designated roads, these three and four wheelers crisscross the environmentally fragile desert lands and disrupt its ecosystem. You can see the paths as they become wider and wider, killing vegetation, and making it easier for vandals to desecrate sacred sites and petroglyphs.

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Submitted by shonie777 on
Bullbear, everyone is entitled to their own opinion(s). I promise you that if you ever got lost up here and our search and rescue team had to look for you. I'm sure you would welcome the site of me on an ATV coming towards you in the distance to rescue you.

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Submitted by charliel on
I was very saddened by your video. And I'm pretty sure the elders would be too...Terrible role modeling and disrespect to Mother Earth. You are riding over all sorts of flora, most likely animal life AND pristine desert soil. Do you know how long it will take for restoration place at all? Navajo People, this is not ok. Please protect Mother Earth.

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Submitted by indianmedicine on
You have Beautiful Country, and most People are not aware that even the Land must be tended by Man to maintain an ecosystem................................... ................................................................................................................................... The other aspect to "Search & Rescue" is too maintain Knowledge,Skills, and Abilities for the S E R V I C E you provide in Search & Rescue Operations..... .................................................................................................................................... Part of the reason you provided a THREAD to the Readers, is to Share the visual appreciation of The Land, and that YOU are Proud of the Services you provide those that want too Explore "Mother Earth" and what She gives too Her Children............................................................................................................ ..................................................................................................................................... If you never practice the Skills needed to perform these Services, then when the time comes, you will not be at the "Top Of Your Game"; and "L I F E" of a Victim would be lost unnecessarily.......................................................................... ..................................................................................................................................... I applaud You and your Organization for what you do; many do not realize that you go into possible "Harms Way" to Help another as ALL "First Responders" do................................................................................................................................ ..................................................................................................................................... Thank you for NOT being selfish with your Time and Skills, it is much appreciated................................................................................................................ ..................................................................................................................................... Thank You for sharing the beauty of The Land, and what it offers to Two Legged's, and is the Four Legged's Domain........................................................ .................................................................................................................................... I would only suggest that you also incorporate Air Platforms in your capabilities; such as Cost Effective Ultra-Lite Aviation for Observation and a Timely Area response by the Search and Rescue Organization........................ .................................................................................................................................... Perhaps the submission for Law Enforcement / Fire Science Grants could help Fund your Program.......................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................... Again, Thank You -De Oppresso Liber - Indian Medicine................................. ..................................................................................................................................

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Submitted by Patti McIntosh on
This is so well done and such beautiful places! Where can one see Parts 1 & 2? Thanks for sharing!

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Submitted by hammertime on
that was a nice video.. the arch at the end was great.., I was hoping that you were going to hike up to it and take some better ptures of that spot.. More pictrues of that arch would have made it epic.. your music was very good too.. thanks for doing what you do...for the service of everyone...

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Submitted by Mi'Kimaq. . on
Modern technology machines have no place against the skin of Mother earth. disrespectful to say the least. As for being lost out there and seeing a Rescuer arriving on a ATV . .doesn't change the fact of the scraping against Mother Earth. If I got lost 100 years ago, I'm dead, so it should be now. People that get lost are stupid for getting lost and probably should go on to the spirit world. Aho

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From The Mountains To The Sea! From Scoop Rudy! Video: Riding the RezShonie De La Rosa 11/11/13 My name is Shonie De La Rosa and I live in Kayenta, Arizona on the Navajo Nation, which is located in the four corners region of the United States. Kayenta is also know as the "Gateway to Monument Valley" and thousands of people visit every year from all over the world. A few of my friends and I are on the local search and rescue team, and since the terrain is so rugged and vast, we utilize ATV’s in the majority of our searches. In our off time, we like to hone our riding skills by taking random ATV rides whenever we can. In this video, “Riding the Rez Part 3” we are riding in an area that is just a few miles north of Kayenta on US Highway 163 and about 10 miles south of Monument Valley. We took a dirt road that heads east past a rock formation called “Gorilla Rock.” To the north of this formation is another volcanic rock formation called “El Capitan” which is featured in dozens of popular photographs of the southwest. To the right, on this road, is a very long stretch of volcanic rock called “Comb Ridge”; to the left there's nothing but flat desert, sand dunes and sand stone rock formations in the distance. It is these rock formations, and the canyons within them, that we explored. Once we approached our turn to get off these rock formations, we had to wind our way through the sand dunes, which was a lot of fun. Upon arriving at the rock formations you'll get a really good look at how big these are, they simply tower over you. We explored the multiple canyons and rode in each one as far as we could. Towards the end, you can see an arch that we happened to stumble upon. I had heard stories of this arch from a few elderly locals, but had never seen it. It was quite a surprise to just stumble upon it without having to look for it. There are so many places to see around here. Sure, this area is a major tourist attraction, and has its many popular sites to see, such as Monument Valley, El Capitan, Navajo National Monument, etc., but there are many places here that are just as awesome that many never get to see.

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From The Mountains To The Sea! From Scoop Rudy! Video: Riding the RezShonie De La Rosa 11/11/13 My name is Shonie De La Rosa and I live in Kayenta, Arizona on the Navajo Nation, which is located in the four corners region of the United States. Kayenta is also know as the "Gateway to Monument Valley" and thousands of people visit every year from all over the world. A few of my friends and I are on the local search and rescue team, and since the terrain is so rugged and vast, we utilize ATV’s in the majority of our searches. In our off time, we like to hone our riding skills by taking random ATV rides whenever we can. In this video, “Riding the Rez Part 3” we are riding in an area that is just a few miles north of Kayenta on US Highway 163 and about 10 miles south of Monument Valley. We took a dirt road that heads east past a rock formation called “Gorilla Rock.” To the north of this formation is another volcanic rock formation called “El Capitan” which is featured in dozens of popular photographs of the southwest. To the right, on this road, is a very long stretch of volcanic rock called “Comb Ridge”; to the left there's nothing but flat desert, sand dunes and sand stone rock formations in the distance. It is these rock formations, and the canyons within them, that we explored. Once we approached our turn to get off these rock formations, we had to wind our way through the sand dunes, which was a lot of fun. Upon arriving at the rock formations you'll get a really good look at how big these are, they simply tower over you. We explored the multiple canyons and rode in each one as far as we could. Towards the end, you can see an arch that we happened to stumble upon. I had heard stories of this arch from a few elderly locals, but had never seen it. It was quite a surprise to just stumble upon it without having to look for it. There are so many places to see around here. Sure, this area is a major tourist attraction, and has its many popular sites to see, such as Monument Valley, El Capitan, Navajo National Monument, etc., but there are many places here that are just as awesome that many never get to see.

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Submitted by Forceofwon on
To the complainers: Are you going to build something there? Is this YOUR land? Are YOU even going to go visit this someday? I bet the answer is NO. WHY do you want to preserve DESERT LAND? There is miles and miles of it here out west, and I am sure the small area they ride is not hurting anything. And I am part Indian. Thats like saying-lets stop building stuff in the south because the civil war was there Geez. GREAT video by the way! I mountainbike in the desert and love it!
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