Monument Valley

Monument Valley might be the most iconic images of the American Southwest. If you're planning on visiting and want a logistical run down of how to make it happen, here it is. Monument Valley is located on the Arizona and Utah borders in the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. There is only one main road through Monument Valley, US 163, which offers the most famous images of Monument Valley. Once you get the park itself, there is an admission fee:

  • Per Vehicle Pass: $20 per non-commercial vehicle up to 4 people ($6 each additional passenger)
  • Per Individual Pass: $10 per walk-in, bicycle, or motorcycle
  • Commercial Pass: (based on capacity of vehicle)
  • 1-4 Passengers: $35 (additional $6 each)

Once you're in the park, you'll want to do the Valley Drive. It's basically the only road visitors can drive on without a tour guide. This road is rough but drivable without 4WD; but after a good rain fall, this road is nearly undrivable even for the most capable of vehicles. Valley Drive is 17 miles of dirt road which starts at the visitor center and heads southeast amongst the towering cliffs and mesas. It takes you past 11 numbered stops at the most scenic places, one of the most famous being Totem Pole, the 450 ft spire that is only a few meters wide. A typical journey around the loop takes at least 2 hours. Visitors are not allowed to hike away from the road closer towards any of the formations on the Valley Drive, but there are several guided tours that do take guests on hikes. Typical rates for guided tours begin around $75 for a 2 hour trip and can includes exploring ancient cave and cliff dwellings, natural arches, and even petroglyphs. This is the basic Monument Valley experience. Some visitors get their fill of this magnificent area just by driving the Valley Drive and taking picutres, other guests crave a true Southwest or Native American cultural experience. If you are the latter, it is recommended that you purchase your guided tour and lodging from one of the small Navajo ran businesses. For each visitor who has gone this route, there tends to be a unique and special story that comes out of it.

Going on a guided tour of Monument Valley is highly recommended. Because Monument Valley is on Navajo land, much of the terrain is off limits to visitors without a guide. Part of the reason for this is to preserve the ancient rock formations and the cultural hertiage of this land, but the other reason is because Monument Valley tours and lodging is a source of inccome for the Navajo who live here. It is a priviledge to experience such a spectacular place, and paying for a tour is a great way to preserve and respect this land and its people. Almost everyone who has been on a guided tour has found it very worth while. The ability to walk among the rock formations, through arches, by cliff dwellings and petroglyphs is special, second only to the stories your Navajo guides will share with you. Many of these tours are customizable or even pre-taylored to some of the most popular activities such as photography, horse trail riding or geology tours. No matter which tour you choose, it will certainly be worthwhile.

There are only a couple options for lodging in Monument Valley. There are two hotels, some cabins and several camping/RV options. The nearest town is Kayenta, which has a couple more hotels that are more familliar in brand. But booking your stay with a Navajo tour company that offers camping on their land is also an incredible experience for those who do not require any ammenties. Backcountry permits are also available for those who wish to camp at designated campsites within the park. Find and book Monument Valley hotels, camping and backcountry permits.


Best Monument Valley Tours & Things to Do

2.5 Hour Guided Tour of Monument Valley

Explore Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park on this 2.5-hour tour that introduces you to Monument Valley's major scenic attractions. During the 28-mile (45-km) journey, you'll also see backcountry monuments, which include arches and ancient petroglyphs from the Anasazi people. Select a morn
Explore Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park on this 2.5-hour tour that introduces you to Monument Valley's major scenic attractions. During the 28-mile (45-km) journey, you'll also see backcountry monuments, which include arches and ancient petroglyphs from the Anasazi people. Select a morning or afternoon departure time when booking. 2.5-hour Monument Valley tour Explore the natural features of Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park See arches and other rock formations used in films and other media. Hear stories about the area from your guide. Choice of departure times when booking.

1.5 Hour Tour of Monument Valley's Valley Loop Drive

Monument Valley draws nearly half a million visitors every year to its famous rock formations along the Utah and Arizona border. Hear the geologic history and ancient mythology behind these formations on a guided 1.5-hour tour of Valley Loop Drive, stopping at the Valley’s most famous land
Monument Valley draws nearly half a million visitors every year to its famous rock formations along the Utah and Arizona border. Hear the geologic history and ancient mythology behind these formations on a guided 1.5-hour tour of Valley Loop Drive, stopping at the Valley’s most famous landmarks and overlooks. Hear the stories behind Monument Valley’s most famous attractions Save your car from the infamously pitted roads and keep your eyes free to roam. Perfect for families of all ages or those with limited mobility. Opportunities for photos of the landmarks along the way.

Buckskin Gulch Private Tour

Happy Tails Canine Adventure Tours will take you and your dog on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure in the Southwest USA! See the highlights of the Southwest all in one amazing journey. From the view into the one-mile deep, 271-mile long Grand Canyon, to the Alice-In-Wonderland-like lunar land
Happy Tails Canine Adventure Tours will take you and your dog on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure in the Southwest USA! See the highlights of the Southwest all in one amazing journey. From the view into the one-mile deep, 271-mile long Grand Canyon, to the Alice-In-Wonderland-like lunar landscape of Bryce Canyon to breathtaking Monument Valley, nothing is more memorable than eight days in the Southwest! Hiking, rafting, and jeep tours are just a few of the activities that you can enjoy with your dog!

Monument Valley Sunrise or Sunset Tour

See the sites of Lower Monument Valley that even tour guides can’t get enough of on this 3-hour sunrise or sunset excursion. Guides custom create itineraries that feature their favorite points in the valley in addition to must-see formations, transporting you in an all-terrain vehicle to s
See the sites of Lower Monument Valley that even tour guides can’t get enough of on this 3-hour sunrise or sunset excursion. Guides custom create itineraries that feature their favorite points in the valley in addition to must-see formations, transporting you in an all-terrain vehicle to sites far off the beaten path. Tour custom created by guides to showcase their favorite parts of Lower Monument Valley. Hear stories and legends from guides with extensive knowledge about the area.

Monument Valley Air and Ground Tour from Phoenix

See more of Arizona's stunning natural beauty on a comprehensive full-day tour by air and land that culminates in Monument Valley. Enjoy a scenic flight from Phoenix over Tonto National Forest, Sedona, San Francisco Peaks, the Grand Canyon and Lake Powell, before landing near Monument Vall
See more of Arizona's stunning natural beauty on a comprehensive full-day tour by air and land that culminates in Monument Valley. Enjoy a scenic flight from Phoenix over Tonto National Forest, Sedona, San Francisco Peaks, the Grand Canyon and Lake Powell, before landing near Monument Valley. Then take a four-wheel drive tour with a Navajo guide to explore Monument Valley and the Navajo Tribal Park. After the 1.5-hour ground tour, try Navajo tacos for lunch before taking in more views on your return flight to Phoenix.

Grand Canyon, Monument Valley and Zion National Park 3-Day Tour

See popular highlights of the Southwest on a 3-day national parks tour from Las Vegas. Discover the amazing landscapes of Zion National Park and visit Grand Canyon National Park, where you can hike, walk along the South Rim or go on an optional helicopter ride. You'll also experience a Nav
See popular highlights of the Southwest on a 3-day national parks tour from Las Vegas. Discover the amazing landscapes of Zion National Park and visit Grand Canyon National Park, where you can hike, walk along the South Rim or go on an optional helicopter ride. You'll also experience a Navajo-guided Jeep tour of Monument Valley. Take an optional tour of Antelope Canyon and see Horseshoe Bend. Hear insightful commentary from your knowledgeable guide with transportation by air-conditioned minibus, select meals and entrance fees included. This small-group tour is limited to 14 people for a more intimate experience. New Private Tour Option- Purchase 5 seats and have a fully private tour with selected ticket type Hotel option.

Cultural Tour of Lower Monument Valley Tribal Park

Learn about Navajo culture and see the natural wonders of Monument Valley on this 3.5-hour tour of lower Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. You'll visit a hogan, a traditional Navajo dwelling, to watch a demonstration, and hear stories from a guide about this region. Select a morning or a
Learn about Navajo culture and see the natural wonders of Monument Valley on this 3.5-hour tour of lower Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. You'll visit a hogan, a traditional Navajo dwelling, to watch a demonstration, and hear stories from a guide about this region. Select a morning or afternoon departure time when booking. See arches, buttes, and other rock formations used in films and other media. Hear stories abouMt Navajo culture from your guide. Visit a traditional hogan for a Navajo demonstration. Choice of departure times when booking.

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