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Monument Valley State Park Travel Guide: 358 reviews and 1,124 photos

Intro

We arrived at mid-afternoon with some time to check into the hotel (Gouldings) before taking the drive through the heart of monument valley in the hours before sunset. The picture above is of sunrise, but rest assured, the light is just gorgeous in the late afternoon.
The 17 mile drive through the most picturesque part of Monument Valley is accessed by going to the Visitors Center which is run by the local Navajo Tribe. The whole park is on the Navajo Nation. While here, be sure to engage with the locals.. you will learn a lot about the current situation of the American Native peoples. They have a different way of doing things and are not as eager to jump into modernization or 'progress' as we know it. They do not have the same sense of aesthetics that you might be used to, but that is not a bad thing.. their aesthetics are more in tune with the whole environment. When you see the 'strip mall' of restaurants and gift shops run by the Navajo on the way into the park entrance, you will know what I mean.
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The 17 mile Drive

Some people take Navajo guides who drive them through the park in truck/trailers and to some 'private spots'.. Maybe next time we will do that, but this time we took our rental all-wheel drive on the red dust roads and just enjoyed the heck out it.
Take your time, drive slow, park & walk and bring water and a camera.

Getting around

This mini-map gives a good overview of the valley and surrounding area. The road though the monument proper is a dirt road, but well maintained and in general good condition. If you have the time, stop often and walk.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Awesome Scenery, Chance to meet the Navajo, you can easily get away from the crowd if you walk
  • Cons:Only one place to stay, might be filled up.
  • In a nutshell:Some of the most inspiring desert scenery in the world.
  • Last visit to Monument Valley State Park: Aug 2004
  • Intro Updated Sep 10, 2005
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  • KiKitC's Profile Photo
    Sep 26, 2006 at 3:36 AM

    Wonderful pictures, great tips. Thanks. We're planning a 4x4 drive out there next year. Can't wait. Hope your birthday is magical.

  • KimberlyAnn's Profile Photo
    Mar 11, 2006 at 7:58 AM

    Monument Valley State Park looks like a place we would really like--beautiful, remote, and interesting. The photographs are stunning.

  • chewy3326's Profile Photo
    Feb 10, 2006 at 8:55 PM

    Great photos. What a beautiful place! I hope to visit the Southwest one day and see Monument Valley...

  • RoyJava's Profile Photo
    Oct 20, 2005 at 7:09 AM

    This is amazing, the area is stunning, and you made top professional photographs,... thanks for share, enjoyed all of it, greetzzz RoyJava

  • L._A.'s Profile Photo
    Sep 27, 2005 at 8:30 PM

    You did Monument Valley justice! :-) I camped there many years ago and remember waking up to black birds flying over head. Amazing place.

  • ferdnbean's Profile Photo
    Jun 2, 2005 at 7:15 PM

    Thank you Frank for the great photos, advice and facts about this park and region.Will hang onto some of your tips as I wander through Monumant Valley. Wayne

  • May 8, 2005 at 6:37 AM

    WOW, you have some amazing pictures here and that lizard is just spectacular.

  • Waxbag's Profile Photo
    Jan 25, 2005 at 5:14 AM

    Stunning photos Frank. Great use of light and contrast. I like the desert wildlife too. People incorrectly think that "desert" is synonymous with "dead".

  • Martinewezel's Profile Photo
    Jan 16, 2005 at 10:23 AM

    Nice pictures and good tips! Visited Monument Valley 6 months ago. One of the most spectacular places on earth, especially at sunset.

  • XenoHumph's Profile Photo
    Dec 20, 2004 at 9:11 AM

    Beautiful pictures! Great page!

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