Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
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Monument Valley: Scenic 1.5-Hour Tour

1. Monument Valley: Scenic 1.5-Hour Tour

Choose from a shared or private tour to explore Monument Valley from the comfort of an air-conditioned SUV with an expert local tour guide. Follow the scenic valley drive deep into the red sand desert for incredible views and look-out points. You'll make many stops along the way for chances to get some snaps and take in the scenery. After pickup at the View Hotel, you'll begin the 1.5-hour drive down switch-back dirt roads. The first short stop is at the Left & Right Mitten Butte, followed by a drive-by shot of Merrick Butte, and Elephant & Camel Butte. Stop at John Ford's Point, a beautiful spot named after the director who used this location to make many major western films. Drive over the beautiful landscape where many ancient natural medicines and remedies can be found. As the tour continues, see a 450-foot slim spiraled Totem Pole which stands before the Yeibichei Dancers kingdom. Finally, sail past The North Window, where you'll take in some of the best views of the day.

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Monument Valley: Scenic 2.5-Hour Backcountry Tour

2. Monument Valley: Scenic 2.5-Hour Backcountry Tour

Enter the backcountry of Monument Valley to visit the popular arches, dwellings, and petroglyphs made by the ancient Anasazi people. Stop first to admire the Sleeping Dragon with clouds above, followed by the Chief’s Head with its bonnet of feathers.  Moving on, explore the traditional dwelling of the Navajo people known as hogans. Admire the round, cone-shaped, and multi-sided structures. With or without internal posts, they were built with timber or stonewall and packed with earth or bark. For a summerhouse, the door faces east to welcome the rising sun for wealth and good fortune. Your guide will provide information and a short demonstration of the Navajo people and their lifestyle.  Save the best for last and marvel at an arch that replicates a traditional hogan with an eagle eye looking upon you. Take a panoramic view of the Eye of the Sun, a beautifully shaped eye with sunrays beaming through it. Last will be the Ear of the Wind, standing against a steep sand dune that, if you walk up to it, you're most likely to bring home Monument Valley's souvenir: sand in your shoes.

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Monument Valley: 3-Hour Sunrise Tour

3. Monument Valley: 3-Hour Sunrise Tour

Depart from The View Hotel and see the glow of the sunrise over Mittens and Merrick Butte. See the Totem Pole as the sunrises before heading to your next location. Hear about the geology and history of each monument you pass from your guide as you head to the next stop, John Ford Point. Named after the director that filmed Western movies at the location, John Ford Point is filled with sweeping views of the Arizona landscape. Head to the site where the ancient Anasazi petroglyphs are located. See some of the hundreds of pictographs scattered across the area. While at the location, enjoy views of the Santa Clara River. Spot wildlife along the way and see life thriving in the desert landscape.

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Monument Valley: Scenic 3 - Cultural Tour 3.5 Hours

4. Monument Valley: Scenic 3 - Cultural Tour 3.5 Hours

Start this popular tour with a narrated intro of the Lower Monument Valley and Back Country area focusing on Navajo culture, a deep recognition of Navajo history, and awesome geological facts. After several stops at popular areas/view points, enjoy a Hogan demonstration that displays the local lifestyle. Learn about the different ways native plants in Monument Valley are used, and take home a souvenir of the homeland inside your shoes. Intrigued yet? This fascinating tour ranges 28 miles and covers all major attracted areas and iconic overlook points. Back Country included.

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What people are saying about Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

What a fantastic experience we had on the guided tour. We were upgraded to the 2.5 hour tour at no extra charge. The Navajo tour guide, John, was the best. He provided insights to the different locations we passed or stopped at and gave us local Navajo information along with the other information on movies made on the different sites. We also learned about his Navajo family, especially his grandfather that fought in WWII as a code developer. The weather was good and we had some outstanding photos. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and highly recommend it to any travelers in the area.

Our guide was VERY special, she was kind, and thoughtful, especially with my 90 year old mom who rode with her in the cab. Thanks to all for a beautiful afternoon!

The directions to the ride location was very poor. Needed to ask several people to find the right guide and location.

Saw great sites and our guide John was an excellent photographer. He really helped us take some wonderful pit.

Our tour guide was so informative and nice. We truly enjoyed and learned a lot about Navajo ways of living.