Monument Valley - Hotels, Tours and Navajo Tribal Park Information (2022)

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Where Is Monument Valley?

Good question. Maps aren’t exactly all-caps-ing its name. And part of part of Monument Valley’s charm is its remoteness, about 60 miles west of the zero-dimensional Utah–New Mexico border on Highway 163. (You should probably go ahead and checkFour Cornersoff your bucket list while you’re in the neighborhood.)

There’s a tiny little town with a lodge, camping, outfitters and a few restaurants. Somecomfy hotelsare located nearby. The visitor center is open seven days a week.
May to September: 6:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
October to April: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

What to Do near Monument Valley

A 14-mile graded dirt road will show you around most of the major monuments (The Mittens, Three Sisters, John Ford’s Point, Totem Pole, Yei Bi Chai, Ear of the Wind), and Navajo guides can lead you deeper, into Mystery Valley, Hunts Mesa and more. A handful of outfits will show you through the area on horseback, just the way people have been exploring it for hundreds of years.Book early for peak season.

A dozen hikes(mostly easy with a few that get tricky) lead to natural bridges and a wealth of Anasazi ruins.

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History & Culture

The earliest people to mark the area were the Anasazi, or Ancestral Puebloans, who settled in around 1200 BCE. Their art and building structures remain, hinting at an ancient resourcefulness that found promise in a foreboding desert.

The Navajo culture took root centuries before Spaniards entered the area in 1581, and 250,000 of their descendants still live on the 16-million-acreNavajo Nation. Monument Valley is a window into their culture. Explore their history, their way of life, their cuisine and their art. You can even take a little home in the form of handmade jewelry or a dyed wool rug.

Monument Valley captured a larger audience’s attention via director John Ford’s Westerns. Beginning with 1939’s Stagecoach, starring John Wayne, Ford’s many happy returns to Monument Valley, Utah, shaped how much of the outside world pictures the American West.

Monument Valley isn't a national park. It's not even a national monument. But it's as American as it gets.

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FAQs

Do you need to book a tour for Monument Valley? ›

You can enter the park and drive to the valley overlook but not beyond. Admission is $20 per vehicle for up to four people. Each additional person costs $6. You need to book a tour to go on the full 17-mile Monument Valley loop drive.

How long does it take to drive the 17-mile Monument Valley loop? ›

The drive is 17 miles long of which 13 miles is a one-way loop, and typical times for the full trip are 2 to 4 hours.

What is the best time of year to go to Monument Valley? ›

The best time to go to Monument Valley is during the spring and autumn months, when temperatures are pleasant. During the summer, it can be very hot. Plus, this is when the Valley gets to be more crowded as many people are here during their summer vacations. In the winter, it does get very cold and it can snow here.

Is Monument Valley worth seeing? ›

Honestly, it's one of the best parks to visit in the USA, especially if you're a lover of all things nature. Now, although you might be familiar with the sights of Monument Valley Park, you might not be aware of some of the most exciting and interesting aspects that are perhaps a lot lesser known.

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