Monument Valley, Arizona

The home of the Navajo Nation is blessed with some incredible sandstone structures with isolated buttes appearing to rise from the Colorado Plateau as though they've been forced from the very centre of the earth.

Monument Valley Tours

Monument Valley ToursOne 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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Monument Valley, Arizona

Monument Valley Insider Tips

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.
When to go
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.
Highlights & Activities

Monument Valley Tour Highlights

Navajo back roads tour
The best way to experience this special place is on a Navajo guided 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 view geological wonders & petroglyph drawings.
Overnight 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. This is a very unique experience as you share in the fascinating Navajo way of life.
Movie Scene locations
It was most definitely John Ford who brought Monument Valley to the world through the Western movies he directed. Forrest Gump was also filmed in the area and tourists can often be seen recreating the famous cross-country running scene with Monument Valley as the backdrop.

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