Monument Valley

One of the most iconic landscapes in North America, Monument Valley is one of those places that you simply must work into your itinerary when in Southwest USA . The isolated mesas and buttes of Monument Valley, tower as high as 1,000 feet and are instantly recognised as a scene straight out of a Western movie. These unique sandstone formations are located within the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park and are a photographers dream.

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  • Guided Navajo Tour, Monument Valley

    Native Navajo back roads tour The best way to experience this special place is on a Navajo guided back roads tour, where you will be taken to parts of the park that you can only reach by jeep. Listen to traditional stories and learn more about the history of the Navajo Nation. As you come across geological wonders, petroglyph drawings of animals and pottery crafted by local people, you'll soon realise why this place is so special to all who visit.

  • Overnight stay in a Navajo Hogan

    Overnight stay in a Navajo Hogan A Navajo Hogan is an authentic, traditional Navajo home, made out of natural resources such as desert juniper trees and red desert earth, plastered over a dome-shape structure, similar to that of an igloo. An overnight experience in a Hogan is a very unique experience as you share the Navajo way of life and enjoy a delicious home-cooked Navajo Taco dinner.

  • Movie scene locations, Monument Valley

    Movie Scene locations John Ford who directed films such as Stagecoach and The Searchers is said to have been brought to Monument Valley by the Navajo people, but it was most definitely John Ford who brought Monument Valley to the world, through the Western movies he directed. Other films such as Forrest Gump were filmed in the area and tourists can often be seen recreating the famous cross-country running scene with Monument Valley as the backdrop.

When to go
Temperature chart - Monument Valley

Expect a lot of sun and plenty of dry heat where temperatures rise to almost 40C during the summer and then dramatically fall to below zero in the winter months. Cooler temperatures and fewer visitors make spring and autumn an ideal time to visit, however the winter season is spectacular. In the winter months it does tend to snow at Monument Valley, which makes for some incredible photo opportunities.

Insider Tip: Photography
Totem Pole, Monument Valley

Where ever you stand and at whatever time you visit Monument Valley you are never far away from the perfect photo opportunity. For one of the most dramatic sunrises you will ever experience head to Totem Pole a 450ft tall butte, and for the ultimate sunset head to Mitten View. As the sun rises and sets over the horizon, watch on in amazement as the colours change and the light dances amongst the buttes and mesas.

Tours that visit Monument Valley


    15 days | USA West | Camping

    May-Sep from


    This adventure takes in the real 'Jewels in the Crown' of America's National Parks. With great hiking, horse riding, mountain biking, rafting and a truly unique Navajo guided jeep tour of Monument Valley, this tour shows the true American spirit.

    Highlights: 7 National Parks | Great Hikes & Activities

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    6 days | USA West | Hotels

    Apr-Oct from


    Canyons, adventure and luxury dominate this trip through western America. Explore the Monument Valley with a Navajo guide, delve into Moab's slot canyons and towering arches and history of Mesa Verde National Park. All in accommodated comfort.

    Highlights: Arches | Dead Horse Point | Slot Canyons

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    15 days | USA West | Hotels

    May-Sep from


    Supplying comfort and amenities in remote destinations, explore the crowned jewels of America's National Parks. Enjoy active days, scenic landscapes and restful nights in beautiful historic lodges within Yosemite, Yellowstone, Zion and the Grand Canyon.

    Highlights: Historic Lodges | 7 National Parks

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