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Monument Valley: Scenic 2.5-Hour Backcountry Tour

1. 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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Oljato-Monument Valley: 3-Hour Sunrise Monument Valley Tour

2. Oljato-Monument Valley: 3-Hour Sunrise Monument Valley Tour

Make the most of your trip and experience an unforgettable visual spectacle that you will remember for the rest of your life. Upon arrival at Monument Valley, follow your guide to a nearby vantage point where the sun rises directly from the center of the iconic Totem Pole. Admire the sun as it rises across the vibrant landscape, and marvel as the combination of colors dance across the sky, changing the shape of famous rock formations and arches. After a breathtaking sunrise, enjoy a tour of the valley with plenty of stops along the way to take photos. See the famous West and East Mitten Buttes, John Ford Point, the Three Sisters, Moccasin Arch, the Totem Pole, The Big Hogan, Sun’s Eye, North Window, and Sleeping Dragon. Next, follow your guide into the restricted back country part of the valley that you can only visit in the company of a Navajo guide. Throughout the tour, listen to your guide share fascinating insight and anecdotes, and learn about Monument Valley and Navajo culture. Finally, visit a Navajo Hogan, a traditional Navajo home, to watch a rug weaving demonstration as well as a ceremonial musical performance.

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Antelope & Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce & Monument Valley

3. Antelope & Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce & Monument Valley

Immerse yourself in the wilds of Monument Valley, Bryce, Zion, Lake Powell, and The Grand Canyon South Rim on a 3-day adventure that brings you deep into the heart of this magical land. From Navajo guided jeep tours, to a bird's eye view over the Grand Canyon in a helicopter, it's a non-stop adventure! This tour has guaranteed departures. During your stay you'll visit Zion and Bryce National Parks and enjoy the photographic wonders of this white, pink and red sandstone park. Here you'll also be able to enjoy a fun BBQ with friends around the campfire, while your guide tells interesting stories of the history and legends of this sacred Navajo land. Along the way, you'll also make stops at Monument Valley for a 4x4 Jeep journey and fly high over the Grand Canyon for some truly breathtaking images of the natural beauty in this land. Day 1: Zion and Bryce National Park (Meals: Lunch) Depart from Las Vegas and travel by mini-bus to Zion and Bryce. Cut by the Virgin River, Zion Canyon is an impressive mix of white, pink and red Navajo sandstone cliffs. Ancient petrified sand dunes towering over 2000 feet above the canyon floor make for an impressive landscape and a photographer’s paradise. Zion National Park offers enchanting walks and hikes for every fitness level. Stroll around the Emerald Pools trail, enjoy the Temple of Sinawava, the Great White Throne, Weeping Rock and visit the interpretive Human History museum where you can enjoy an entertaining rangers talk on the patio. After a full afternoon in Zion we head to Bryce Canyon, A giant natural amphitheater created by erosion along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau, Bryce is distinctive due to geological structures called hoodoos. These red, orange, and white spires provide spectacular views for park visitors. Bryce Canyon is considered by many to be the most scenically diverse place in the world! Enjoy a BBQ and a fun evening around the campfire with your new friends. Camping is in a full service campground with hot showers, swimming pool, hot tub and wi-fi. The lodging option is in Bryce Valley Inn or similar accommodation. Day 2 Monument Valley (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch) Wake up early and head past Lake Powell with an optional tour of Antelope Canyon. Later, you can head to Monument Valley for a 4x4 Jeep journey deep into the Navajo lands. here you can snap some photos of the most iconic Western landscapes. Tonight, you camp along the rim of Monument Valley casting your gaze up at the stars in the sky. Camping is in a full service campground with hot showers and wi-fi. Lodging option is in the world famous Historic Gouldings Lodge. Day 3 The Grand Canyon (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch) After a short visit to a traditional Navajo Trading Post, you will hop into a helicopter (optional) for a bird's eye view of the Grand Canyon! If you opt out of this, you can still stroll along the rim or take a hike into the magnificent canyon. Your guide will share interesting details of this Natural Wonder of the World before giving you plenty of time to relax and enjoy the beauty. Tonight you drive back to the bright lights of Las Vegas. Additional add-ons for this tour: Death Valley Day Tour (Friday and Sunday) Tour the heart of Death Valley National Park from Las Vegas, and visit the hottest, driest and lowest point in the Western Hemisphere. Enjoy an array of colors at an extreme desert environment. Wild West Ghost Town Explorer (Saturday) Spend a day in the Wild West exploring old ghost towns and ancient legends. Keep your eyes peeled for the poltergeist who still roams the streets, and soak up the atmosphere of a true western saloon before returning to Las Vegas.

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From Sedona or Flagstaff: Full-Day Monument Valley Tour

4. From Sedona or Flagstaff: Full-Day Monument Valley Tour

Go on a journey to the land of the Navajos on this fascinating and incredibly scenic 12-hour tour to the heart of Navajo Country. Discover one of the most remarkable, beautiful, and famous landscapes in the world, instantly recognized by the countless Hollywood movies that have used is as a stunning background for western films and more. If departing from Sedona, Arizona, your journey begins with a scenic drive up the famous Oak Creek Canyon. From there, travel through the San Francisco Volcanic fields, en route to the historic Cameron Trading Post. Along the way, your guide will tell stories and answer questions about the enigmatic Navajo people, explaining their long history and unique culture. Once at Monument Valley Tribal Park, you will be treated to stupendous views of the red rock monoliths that have been an inspiration to everyone, from Navajo Medicine Men to Hollywood directors.

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Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Antelope Canyon & Zion

5. Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Antelope Canyon & Zion

Enjoy an exciting 3-day, 2-night private or shared-group winter tour through iconic Arizona and Utah landscapes. Drive through the stunning Mojave Desert to the spectacular Grand Canyon, explore Monument Valley, and finish the tour with some spectacular hikes through Zion National Park. Day 1: The Grand Canyon National Park South Rim Enjoy a scenic drive through the mighty Mojave Desert, arriving at the spectacular Grand Canyon National Park South Rim, considered of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Stroll along the rim, hike into the one of the deepest and most diverse canyons on earth, or take in a bird’s eye view of this breathtaking landscape on an optional helicopter ride. Enjoy a sandwich-style lunch during the course of the way, and stay overnight at the historic Red Feather Lodge. Day 2: Monument Valley After a brief visit to a traditional Navajo trading post, follow the mighty Colorado River through the Painted Desert and wind your way through spectacular scenery to one of the most iconic locations on the planet. The home to the Navajo Indians and the backdrop for many famous western movies, Monument Valley is a real treat for sore eyes. Hop in a Jeep and traverse the stunning landscape with the help of a Navajo guide. Enjoy a sandwich-style lunch during the course of the way, and head in the afternoon to Page Arizona and Lake Powell, lodging at the Quality Inn, Page.   Day 3: Zion National Park Begin the day with a visit to Horseshoe Bend or Antelope Canyon, and then continue for a scenic photo stop at Lake Powell before heading to Utah's finest National Park. Visit the Zion Canyon, an impressive mix of white, pink and red Navajo sandstone cliffs and ancient petrified sand dunes towering over 2000 feet above the canyon floor. Spend the day hiking through the picturesque winter wonderland, and stroll to the emerald pools, marveling at the fantastic views of the Great White Throne and Weeping Rock. Enjoy a sandwich-style lunch and prepare for a return to Las Vegas at approximately 19:00.

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Monument Valley and Mystery Valley Full-Day Tour

6. Monument Valley and Mystery Valley Full-Day Tour

Experience Monument Valley and Mystery Valley in one day with a local Navajo guide. Discover iconic monuments, learn about the history and traditions of Navajo Nation, see the Anasazi ruins, and enjoy plenty of photo opportunities. See famous monuments at the Monument Valley such as the Three Sisters, John Ford Point, Moccasin Arch, the Totem Pole, the Big Hogan, Sun’s Eye, North Window, and the Sleeping Dragon as well as the West and East Mitten Buttes. Additionally, enjoy an exclusive visit to the valley’s backcountry, which is only accessible with a Navajo guide. Continue to Mystery Valley, where you can learn a lot about generations of Navajo people and their culture. Visit a Navajo Hogan, a traditional Navajo home. Watch a rug weaving demonstration and enjoy a ceremonial music performance performed by your guide. Lastly, Explore the Anasazi ruins and the petroglyphs and be amazed by stunning 360-views of the area.

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Utah: Monument Valley Self-Guided Driving Tour

7. Utah: Monument Valley Self-Guided Driving Tour

Explore the incredible Monument Valley on a self-guided tour. Follow the app along the route to learn about the area's geology, history, and peoples. Download the app and start your adventure on the outskirts of the tiny town of Mexican Hat. From here, cruise across the rust-red land and crest the rise where Forrest Gump’s long run finally came to an end in the famous Tom Hanks film. Then, continue on to Monument Valley itself. Along the way, get acquainted with the park and learn what makes it different from other national parks. After passing the visitor center, turn back the clock 200 million years to see how these unique formations came to be. Then, jump forward in time to learn about the mysterious Anasazi tribe, the first people who ever lived in this harsh place, and the Navajo. Next, come to Wildcat Trail, the only self-guided trail in the park. From here, you can hike through some of the most incredible sights the valley has to offer. After that, see the towering formations of East Mitten Butte, West Mitten Butte, and Merrick Butte. Continue to John Ford Point, a gorgeous viewpoint named for the famous Western director John Ford. Along the way, dig into the countless Hollywood hits that have been filmed here over the years, from The Searchers to 2001: A Space Odyssey. Visit the Three Sisters monoliths looming 1,000 feet over the landscape. On your way through the jaw-dropping scenery, learn more about the long history of the Navajo, from the dramatic tale of Navajo code talkers in World War II to the tribe’s modern presence in the country. At North Window Overlook, find the perfect spot to catch a sunrise. Finally, end up near Camel Butte and Elephant Butte, where your tour will conclude.

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From Las Vegas: 3-Day Tour of Iconic American Natural Beauty

8. From Las Vegas: 3-Day Tour of Iconic American Natural Beauty

Depart from Las Vegas on a 3-day tour exploring some of the most iconic natural sights in the United States. Trail through the photographer’s paradise Zion National Park with its towering sand dunes and sandstone cliffs. Stay overnight on the shores of Lake Powel before being guided through Monument Valley by a local Native American Navajo on a 4x4 jeep. Revel in the beauty of the Grand Canyon with an optional helicopter ride before riding Route 66 back to Las Vegas. Day 1: Las Vegas — Zion National Park — Lake Powell Begin the tour from the convenient meeting point in Las Vegas and get on board the fully air-conditioned tour bus. Arrive at Zion National Park with its impressive mix of white, pink and red Navajo sandstone cliffs. Stroll around the Emerald Pools trail and take an enchanting walk suitable for every fitness level. See the Temple of Sinawava, the Great White Throne, Weeping Rock, and visit the interpretive Human History Museum for an entertaining ranger’s talk on the patio. Round off the day and head to the shores of Lake Powell for the first nights’ hotel stay in Page, Arizona. Day 2: Lake Powell — Antelope Canyon — Monument Valley Make your way past the iconic Lake Powell with an optional visit to Antelope Canyon and wind through more of the USA’s most spectacular scenery. Visit Monument Valley, the backdrop to many famous movies and home to the Navajo Native American tribe. Hop on board a 4x4 jeep and enjoy the Navajo guided tour of the vast red-sand desert. Return for a walk to Horseshoe Bend and another evenings’ stay in Page on the shores of Lake Powell. Day 3: Grand Canyon National Park — Route 66 — Las Vegas Take a brief visit to a traditional Navajo trading post and follow the mighty Colorado River through the Painted Desert to one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Take in a bird’s eye view of the Grand Canyon with an optional helicopter ride. Stroll along the rim and hike into one of the deepest and most diverse canyons on earth. Relax in one the rim cafés and admire the magnificent view before heading back to the bright city lights of Las Vegas with a stop on the historic Route 66 along the way.

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Vegas to San Francisco: American Southwest Parks 11-Day Tour

9. Vegas to San Francisco: American Southwest Parks 11-Day Tour

Join an epic 11-day tour of the great American Southwest National Parks and California. Meet up with guides along the way, and enjoy breakfast and lunch with your tour companions. For families and adventurers alike, enjoy the convenience of an all-inclusive package and customize your trip as you like. Choose to stay in hotels, camp along the way, or even drive yourself.  Day 1: Zion National Park Challenge yourself on what’s considered the best half-day hike in the Southwest by hiking a narrow ridge line to Angels Landing. Take it easy or enjoy a river hike deep in the narrows before enjoying a BBQ. Day 2: Bryce National Park Climb 8,000 feet into Bryce National Park. Stroll along the rim and marvel at the unique sandstone spires (hoodoos). Take a soak in the outdoor hot tub back at camp and ease those hiking muscles. End the day with a night around the campfire. Day 3 and 4: Arches and Canyonlands National Parks Explore this stunning landscape in a guided sunset hummer tour or hang off a sandstone cliff on an optional canyoneering adventure. Visit Arches National Park, home to over 2,000 arches, for a hike to Delicate Arch. Day 5: Monument Valley Discover the setting for many famous western movies and home to the Navajo Indian tribe. Hop onboard a 4X4 Jeep and take a Navajo guided tour of Monument Valley. Camp right along the rim, and get the best view of a magnificent sunrise. Day 6: Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, and Grand Canyon National Park South Rim Enjoy an optional visit to the world’s most famous slot canyon, Antelope Canyon. Then go on a scenic walk to view Horseshoe Bend before heading to the Grand Canyon. Take an optional helicopter ride, stroll along the rim at sunset, or simply relax in one the rim cafes and admire the view. Day 7: Las Vegas Get your kicks on Route 66 and arrive back in Sin City. Have plenty of time to relax poolside before heading to the Strip for a night out. Day 8: Death Valley National Park Heading to California this morning you will embark on a guided tour of Death Valley National Park. Enjoy photo stops and shorts walks at Zabriskie Point, Artist’s Palette, Badwater Basin Salt Flats, Devil’s Golf Course and the Mesquite Sand Dunes. Day 9: Tioga Pass to Yosemite National Park Weather permitting, cross the Tioga Pass for an extremely scenic route, passing by highlights such as Olmsted Point and Mono Lake en route to Yosemite Valley. In case of poor weather conditions, you may reroute through Lake Isabella to Bishop, CA. Day 10: Full Day at Yosemite National Park Spend a full day exploring the trails offered in the park. Choose from countless walks, ranging from easy to strenuous, or opt for a guided tour. Day 11: San Francisco Your multi-day adventure concludes with a fully guided city tour of this vibrant city.

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What people are saying about Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

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.

She was amazing guide over all I booked 6 trips from page. Also she is amazing singer to sung Navajo song for us.

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.