Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Monument Valley

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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  • Wah, a pity that the weather was cloudy, but a marvel for the eyes. We have borrowed the Valley drive, on about 21 kms track and the you're going to admire all those extraordinary views. This Park is paying the America pass is not accepted, you are on the territory of the Navajo, the price is $20 don't hesitate to make this visit a true wonder.
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  • The museum was small and was not worth the $20 to get into the park. There was a nice shop if you were interested in clothing or souvenirs. The scenery could be viewed from the road. We did not take t...  more »
  • LJ of Navajo GuidedTour Service gave a fantastic tour of Monument Valley. Not only did we learn about the monuments, we learned all about Navajo culture from Larry J. He was the best tour guide we eve...  more »
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  • The Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park ($20 per vehicle - 4 people) is a wonderful place to visit on the Utah and Arizona Border. Opening hours are 6am to 8pm (Summer Hours). This is where you find the incredible butte towers which mark the landscape and skyline in remarkable fashion. The main activity here is the 17-mile Scenic Drive which makes its way through the tribal park area and around the majestic buttes, some as high as 1000 ft above the ground. Fantastic photography opportunities await. Given the dry conditions, you are very likely to see the deep red buttes against deep blue skies. This makes for many good photos and memories. Interestingly, the unpaved road conditions are surprisingly bad condition, surely the result of the endless stream of vehicles transecting the park in order to see the buttes. To this end, you can take guided drives through the park if uncomfortable using your vehicle to drive through the park. Note that there is a hotel, restaurant and gift shop within the park or you can visit as a day trip from other area hotels just outside the park. If you stay overnight at The View Hotel at Monument Valley, you will be treated to outstanding sunset and sunrise skyline views with the iconic buttes. This was a particularly special aspect of our visit and something we would seek to experience again in the future. In the end, we were very surprised at the poor condition of the Navajo Tribal Park road at Monument Valley. However, some of the finest views are found throughout the park and this more than compensates for the neglected road. Monument Valley is one of those places that you will remember visiting your entire life.
  • Total joke. You can see everything for free from the highway. $20 entry fee, for best view is at visitor center? Do not bother driving the auto route into the park because it is mostly unspectacular. Most of all, the road is thee absolute worst and I am not exaggerating. Its so bad that your attention has to stay on the road, not the monoliths. It's so bad, you crawl at 1 mph in many places and if you dont you risk damaging your vehicle. Not fun at all!!!! Navajo has put money onto visitor center and hotel but haven't bothered to improve the road, which is 99% natural!!! Shame on the Navajo for luring tourists into their joke of a park. Skip it and do the 17 mile Valley of the Gods instead, it's free, zero crowds, better road, and more amazing.
  • An almost magical place. The sights are truly touching your soul. You can feel the spiritual significance and energy of this area.
  • We made a long drive from Phoenix. I was wondering will it be worth this long a drive. Once there, could see nature’s beauty. Vast areas of red sand rocks and some were very gigantic. Must say that the locals have maintained it well considering its remote location. For an entry fee of $20, you get to drive in about 8 miles with plenty of views to see and click. At the end of journey you are bound to have your vehicle bathed with smooth red sand dusts. Lol! If you are nature lover and see how earth’s surface can be so different, it is worth a visit.
  • Stunning scenery abounds on this picturesque drive. Worth every penny of the $20.00 entry fee to tour self guided at your leisure. Pictures do not do this park justice. Incredible. The only complaint I have was that EVERY port a potty on the route was over flowing full. And I mean TO THE TOP. The most disgusting thing I have ever seen. Absolutely shocked. Please charge more money so the septic truck can make more frequent visits.
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