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Monument Valley

U.S. 163 Scenic, Monument Valley Tribal Park Visitor Center, Oljato-Monument Valley, Arizona 84536 USA

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This is, without question, the most iconic drive in America. It really does represent the soul of the road trip and has been featured in media from cartoons to spaghetti Westerns and everything in between. It’s a landscape that isn’t just pretty, it’s profound, and you really get a sense for the big sky Wild West. Top off your gas and grab extra water before heading off on the drive through Navajo tribal land. Reception should be good if you stay on the main roads, but it can be fun to veer off the beaten path, too. If you do, bring a map and plot your course in advance. And, it helps to know that the buttes are larger-than-life massive, so they will take longer to drive up to than you would think!

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“The classic 17-mile valley drive”

Embark on a breathtaking adventure at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park! Located on the Utah-Arizona border, this iconic destination boasts a stunning landscape of towering sandstone buttes, red rock mesas, and sweeping vistas that have been featured in countless movies and photographs. The highlight of the park is the legendary 17-mile drive along the Valley Drive Loop, where you'll be captivated by the mesmerizing scenery that seems straight out of a Western movie. Marvel at the natural wonders of the park, from the majestic Mittens and Merrick Butte to the iconic Totem Pole and Elephant Butte. Be sure to capture the awe-inspiring beauty of Monument Valley with your camera as you explore this rugged and otherworldly landscape!

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Reviewed by
Grace Johnson

  • 1 Review
  • 21 Helpful
April 24, 2016
Rated 5.0

This was the number one highlight of a recent SW road trip. It is truly visually magnificent but what surprised me was how I really felt what a SACRED place it was. There is some kind of energy that surpasses just the physical beauty. I would HIGHLY recommend that anyone do a tour with a one of the local Navajo Tour Guides as they are allowed to take you on roads and places in the valley not allowed on the self-drive and can only be accessed with 4-wheel drive. You will see petroglyphs and hear important and interesting stories about everything you see. Just amazing!

21 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
jr0777

  • 6 Reviews
  • 29 Helpful
December 24, 2013
Rated

The view in the picture above is taken from a hotel called The View Hotel, situated right there at Monument Valley. Impressive views and a beautiful place - the pictures don't do it justice, it should be seen in person.

21 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
ashbanks

  • 5 Reviews
  • 11 Helpful
June 04, 2015
Rated 5.0

Monument Valley needs to be seen. Pictures alone do not do it justice. I highly recommend taking a tour of the back country. There are very spiritual places that can only be seen with a Navajo guide. We went on a sunset tour and caught all of the horses grazing with the monument in the background. Our guide even stopped to let us mingle with the horses. It was amazing. You can travel with your own vehicle, but you only can see so much.

10 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Rudy18

  • 12 Reviews
  • 12 Helpful
June 30, 2021
Rated

On Navajo land and they have the park closed due to COVID-19. You are allowed in the park if you are staying at the hotel there.

9 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
cemsen

  • 11 Reviews
  • 34 Helpful
October 18, 2014
Rated 3.0

If you take your own car into the valley, watch out the guided tour buses - they drive like madmen. If you do take your own car\hire car - keep the windows shut, I'm still finding red dust everywhere. There is lots and lots to photograph and view, but you'll never really be alone to enjoy the sights in the tranquillity they deserve.

9 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Gigi Ho

  • 5 Reviews
  • 7 Helpful
July 10, 2016
Rated 5.0

I can't believe this place isn't a National Monument or some kind of protected area. Thankfully, it is remote, remains beautiful, and awe inspiring to take in.

I'm sure it can be rather crowded during the spring and fall when temperatures are more comfortable, but I went in late December, and the silence, vast openness, and serenity was a very spiritual experience.

7 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Patti Jervis

  • 5 Reviews
  • 43 Helpful
November 07, 2015
Rated 5.0

Monument Valley is spectacular! It is just so impressive. Standing on the terrace at The View Hotel, looking over 'The Mittens' is seriously one of the coolest places I've ever been. The cars driving below on the dirt road look like little Matchbox cars. If you are just passing through really quickly, it is worth the quick detour to stop and see this view. Take it all in and enjoy the beautiful views from the hotel (free). If you have time though, spend a few dollars to enter the park and a couple of hours driving along the 17 mile (I think) drive that will take you up close and personal to many of the amazing formations along the way. Though it is a bit 'bumpy', it is worth the time. My kids thought it was hilarious and even attempted to videotape our drive while we bumped along the dirt road. A definite must-see if you are in the area.

7 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
npawl

  • 6 Reviews
  • 18 Helpful
July 07, 2015
Rated 5.0

Truly amazing geology! The ride through the park was fun, but the best view was really from the observation deck at the beginning. It is so huge and expansive...truly magnificent!

4 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
AJ Newsom

  • Road Warrior
  • 18 Reviews
  • 28 Helpful
August 12, 2014
Rated 4.0

Very cool. We came here to see the spot where they filmed Forest Gump, we found the spot and reenacted the scene, way cool!

4 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
A. Crews

  • 55 Reviews
  • 96 Helpful
March 13, 2014
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I agree that it must be seen in person. There is too much to look at and photograph at the same time so the previous comment is correct about pictures not doing it justice.

3 people found this review helpful

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Monument Valley

U.S. 163 Scenic
Monument Valley Tribal Park Visitor Center
Oljato-Monument Valley, Arizona
84536 USA
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