Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Monument Valley

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Geologic Formation · Landmark
Made famous by its sandstone buttes, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park straddles the border of northeastern Arizona and southeastern Utah. Established in 1956, the park strives to preserve the Navajo way of life and features an otherworldly landscape of rugged sandstone hills and soaring rock spires. The protected park lies within a Navajo reservation near a small town of Goulding, which once served as a trading post. Start your exploration at the visitor center, where you can check for current road conditions, arrange for guided four-wheel drive or horseback tours of the valley, and try authentic Navajo cuisine. As you drive up to the visitor center, keep an eye out for roadside stands selling Navajo arts and crafts. Make Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park part of your personalized Monument Valley itinerary using our Monument Valley trip itinerary planning website.
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  • We had Steven as our guide. He was great at pointing out the interesting and unusual things of The Valley. Not only that, he shared his experiences growing up in the area and Navajo traditions and...  more »
  • We loved, loved, loved this place. Monument Valley was a bucket list item for us and we finally got to visit and boy, did it not disappoint. Just hate that there is a 2 hour limit as we could have.....  more »
  • We were driving here from Flagstaff AZ. The nearer we got to Monument Valley, the darker and more ominous the skies grew. We paid our fee and entered the park, driving my Toyota Rav 4. Rocky road was crazy sketchy with ruts. I thought I would high center my vehicle several times. As I drove nearer to the Mittens Rock Formations, I began to imagine my vehicle falling apart- pieces vibrating off from the roughness of the road. We ended up making it to a nice vantage point to view the Mittens and I carefully pulled to the side of the road. I got out and started taking pictures of all the close-by statuesque rock formations. Within 15 minutes, the heavens absolutely opened up on us, and sky dumped rain with a fury I've rarely experienced. I got in my car and we attempted to wait the storm out. After 30 minutes of watching huge drops hammering the windshield, we left this place. The Navajo offer riding tours of this magical place and if I ever visited again, I would most assuredly do that. It would save on the nerves, worrying if you were gonna ruin your vehicle. I craved a chance to visit Monument Valley after seeing beautiful pictures of this area with perfect lighting and rainbows in the shots. We didn't exactly get that on the day we visited. My impression after seeing Monument Valley in person is the red desert sand and red rock formations are even more vivid than I imagined, from looking at pictures of this place.
  • Took a weekend trip here with my husband and it was quite the experience. It was a little on the chilly side, which we prepared for. But, one thing we didn’t prepare for, was how much the wind blew and the sand is super super fine that it came right through the tent. 🏕 It was all over the place. We planned on making food, but ended up at the restaurant.....we didn’t feel like eating sand (in our) food. Which the restaurant isn’t to expensive. It was better then eating sand. When is came to bed time, we actually ended up sleeping in the car. We got up to see the sunrise 🌄 and it was the most incredible thing ever!! It was still windy and chilly 🥶. But it was worth it!!! They also have a hotel there, and spots for campers/RVS. The campsites are really reasonably priced. There’s a loop trail to walk around monuments. Very easy trail.

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