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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  • A must do without a doubt! This spot has been on my bucket list for a very long time. Every major old western movie was filmed here which made the visit cool. The sense of Native American history is.....  more »
  • We used our car to do the round trip of the valley in the morning, but found the drive very bumpy. It can only be done at a slow speed. Booked a tour in the afternoon with a native and really enjoyed....  more »
  • This is a must-visit place for sure! Visitor infrastructure is much better than I had seen in previous years.  more »
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  • Beautiful place. The entrance fee per car is $20. Because this is a Navajo tribal park, your national park passes will not work. The park visitor center has a small museum, and there is a 17 mile loop road to drive through the park. The road is not paved and is very rough in places. We were driving a van with about 7-8 inches of ground clearance and we still hit bottom in a few places. I definitely wouldn't recommend you try it in a vehicle with low ground clearance. You can arrange a tour if you don't want to drive your own car. The scenery is breathtaking and well worth the effort to drive through the park.
  • Give yourself half a day at least to take your time and really take it all in. Each butte is unique and it takes some time to really wrap your head around the scale and beauty of the place! Bring your camera, binoculars, sketchbook, hat with chin strap (it can be windy)! Even on a cloudy/rainy day the buttes are beautiful and make for really interesting photos. If/when I go back I’d get one of the tours with a local guide to see the other parts not available to self guided tours. Great gift shop too.
  • Dad and I took road trip thru this beautiful state. Totally lost track of the size of the area, and the road did not end. It did. Caught sundown and sunrise. Great pictures! So long ago. I miss you Dad.
  • This is a VERY rough and bumpy drive. The road is mostly dirt and full of large pot holes. We were seriously considering taking one of the tours through the park, but decided to to just spend the $20 to drive through ourselves and I'm glad we decided against the tours, the price definitely wouldn't have been worth it. We enjoyed stopping and looking at the scenery and formations though.
  • Beautiful. Be aware that when visiting with a tour guide you get to access to areas that are otherwise not open to the public. I went with the guide on an open truck, which was great because I could take pictures on the way. We stopped at several locations. The guide was nice, knowledgeable and available to answer questions. However, definitely overpriced. I did the 2h1/2 tour. But the last 45 min we stopped in different locations that overlooked the same thing, just from different angles. Overall recommend.
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