Monument Valley is one of the symbols of the American far-west. Crossed by the US 163, it is located along the border between Arizona and Utah and is part of the Navajos Indian reserve. The name in the Navajo language is “Valley of the Rocks”. In fact, Monument Valley is a scenic expanse of reddish rocky monoliths, some of which exceed the height of 300 meters. The valley is part of the Colorado plateau.
Monument Valley can be visited with your car along a dirt path, but suitable for all types of cars, 17 miles long, generally it takes about 2-3 hours to travel along it, including stops (many). On the Visitor Center panoramic terrace it is advisable to wait for the sunset over the valley. At sunset, the rocks of the valley have the best colors for taking photographs and, at sunset, the shadows make the landscape surprising.
The towns closest to Monument Valley are the towns of Kayenta in Arizona and Mexican Hat in Utah, both of which are approximately 25 miles (30 minutes by car) away from the park. The small town of Blanding, Utah, which is located about 70 miles north (about 1 hour and 20 minutes by car) is the largest center near the valley. The hotels, shopping centers and services closest to the park are located in these three towns.
USEFUL INFORMATION TO VISIT THE PARK
Hours of Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park Visitor Center: Summer (May-September) 6:00 – 20:00. Winter (months of October – April) 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. Closed for Christmas, January 1st and Thanksgiving Day (the fourth Thursday of November).
Hours of the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park Scenic Drive: Summer (months of May-September) 6:00 – 20:30. Winter (months of October – April) 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.
Tickets: The entrance ticket costs $ 5.00 per person (under 9 years old the entrance is free).