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“I thought I saw John Wayne driving a stagecoach”

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
Reviewed 2 April 2013

What a trip!! What views! I don't think you can take a bad picture. Seeing all these great buttes brought back all the great movies that were filmed there. the first was Stagecoach with John Wayne.

We recommend taking the self guided tour in your car. The road is a little bumpy in spots but definitely drivable in a non-four wheel drive vehicle (no prius or fiat). It's a 17 mile drive (round trip) and can take up to three hours depending on how many stops you make to take pictures. No services so go to the bathroom and take water. It's dusty but worth while.

2  Thank Ralph L
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Reviewed 1 April 2013

If you enjoy western landscape, this is an absolute MUST SEE as photographs and movies cannot do it justice. As the name suggests, these are natural monuments of sandstone and are visible from miles away. You pay an entrance fee to enter the park and you can visit the hotel, The View and then drive along the road which takes you into the valley. We hired an indian guide who took us on a sunrise photography adventure off the beaten path. Our guide happened to be a photography guide to the likes of National Geographic photographers so my husband was in heaven with the photo opps. Do it right and hire a guide, support the local economy AND see things that you cannot see from the road. Very cold in the desert pre dawn so don't forget to bring your woolies!

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Reviewed 31 March 2013

Most international tourists skip Monument Valley, heading towards Las Vegas after visiting The Grand Canyon and miss out on one of the most beautiful sights in the world! Monument Valley is a mere 200 miles from The South Rim of the Grand Canyon and offers you something as unique as The Grand Canyon! The best way to see it is on an organised tour by the Navajo guide . We took the tour organised by the Gouldings Lodge and it was superb! A lot has been written about the dirt road - but honestly I can't imagine Monument Valley in any other form - imagine being able to zip through the 18 mile road in 18 minutes! Pffff!! Sometimes, it's best to let nature be in its natural form. What makes Monument Valley unique is its absolutely rustic setting - it transports you into a completely different world! It is so rustic that there is no food for purchase, no restroom facilities inside the park. The wild horses, the mesas, buttes, mittens and totem poles up and close - some of them rising up to 1000 feet in height! Vow - leaves you spell-bound!! At every turn of the road, you will be craning your neck to take pictures. The visit to the hogan was interesting. We especially liked the rock formations - the Sun's eye, the Wind's Ear and the Eagle eye...among many many more. This place is a testimony of how creative nature's erosion can be! While we were on the tour, it started snowing and it made the place even more magical, with the formations disappearing, sort of, into thin air as they got engulfed by the mist and snow. We were skeptical as to how our 10 year old would like this - but Monument Valley (along with Mystery Valley) turned out to the most interesting stop for him and the highlight of our 8 day trip to Arizona and Utah! That pretty much sums up the magic and lure of Monument Valley!!! Don't miss it!!!

2  Thank jigiindia
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Reviewed 28 March 2013

Just visited Monument Valley on March 24th. The scenery is wonderful and there are lots of photo opportunities. It is $5/per person to enter the park. If you drive your own vehicle - I had a Toyota Camry rental car and it did just fine - that is the only fee. The 18-mile loop around the valley is nice and affords good photo opportunities and numerous chances to get out of the car and wander around. Yes it is dirt/unpaved and rocky/bumpy in places, but not terrible.

The Inn there would be a great place to stay with tremendous sunrise/sunset views. There is a tribal market for the Dine (Navajo) on 163 just before you get to the turn-off for the Tribal Park. I would recommend stopping there to shop, organize your visit, etc. When I was there, there was a native dancer and native music at the snack bar. I met Alfred Myerson at the Monument Valley Gift Shop (first shop in the closest building to the parking lot). He was incredibly kind, gracious, gentle and helpful and knows all the tour operators, etc. It would be a good place to go to put together your day. While it is certainly not the Grand Canyon, it is a nice place to see. Bear in mind that there are VERY limited facilities, restaurants, places to stay, etc. anywhere near Monument. Kayenta about 25 miles to the South has 3 fast food places and a small grocery and that's about it, if you are coming from the Arizona side.

2  Thank Osdanuwati
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Reviewed 26 March 2013

If you don't want to damage your car on an unpaved dirt road with sometimes difficult turns, you need to pay $60 per person to sit on a rickety bench in an open to winds car, and end up with back pain and covered with dust for touring 2 hours different natural monuments. It is organized rip off. There is a lot to be done to improve the tourist impression. You feel like robbed all over the place.

6  Thank pourpre
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