Monument Valley, UT

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Monument Valley showing a gorge or canyon, landscape views and tranquil scenes
Inarguably beautiful and uncannily vast, the southeast corner of Utah and northeast corner of Arizona look much the same as they did thousands of years ago.

If you want to experience the epitome of the American Southwest, visit Utah’s Monument Valley. The sunbaked, red sandstone you’ll see appears just as it did 3,000 year ago, sculpted over centuries by wind and water. Within this remote valley, impressive rock monuments rise to 1,000 feet (300 meters) above the desert floor.

To learn more about the valley, stop at Goulding’s Trading Post Museum at Goulding’s Lodge. Learn about the early Anasazi, or Ancestral Puebloan people, who flourished in the area around 200 B.C. Explore the Navajo culture that took root long before Spaniards came to the region in 1581.

At sunrise, sunset or even after dark, the still valley is epically satisfying. Get up early and catch the sunrise over the canyon landscape or stay up late and see the stars as you’ve never seen them before. Pull over along the side of the road, turn off your engine and step out, feeling the solitude around you and witnessing the celestial show above.

A graded dirt road travels past the most scenic stops in Arizona’s Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, including The Mittens, Three Sisters, John Ford Point, Totem Pole, Yei Bi Chei and Ear of the Wind. Hire a Navajo guide to take you to the less-visited Mystery Valley and Hunts Mesa. Consider a horseback tour, seeing the area as John Wayne’s characters did.

Get close to the landscape by hiking the 3-mile (5-kilometer) Wildcat Trail, a loop through one of Monument Valley’s prettiest areas. As you walk along this path, the park’s only self-guided trail, you’ll feel like you’re in the Wild West, making your way past famous rock buttes, including the Mitten Buttes and Merrick Butte.

Find Monument Valley about 150 miles (230 kilometers) south of Moab near the Four Corners of Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado. A visitor center, open seven days a week, has tour tickets, maps, a restaurant and bathrooms. Near the visitor center, various Navajo vendors sell arts and crafts and native food at roadside stands. Drive the highway through the area for free. There is a fee to enter the visitor center.

Bluff Dwellings Resort
Bluff Dwellings Resort
3.5 out of 5
2625 S Hwy 191, Bluff, UT, 84512
The price is $209 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
Stay at this 3.5-star spa hotel in Bluff. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (547 reviews)
"Nice property."

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2022

Bluff Dwellings Resort
Goulding's Lodge
Goulding's Lodge
3 out of 5
1000 Main Street, Monument Valley, UT, 85436
The price is $249 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
Stay at this 3-star lodge in Monument Valley. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,401 reviews)
"What a great location. The view from the balcony was stunning and over looked the Monument Valley which made opening the curtains a real pleasure. We only stayed for the one night and used it as a base for the next day doing the 17 mile loop in The Valley. The lodged itself had a great restaurant ..."

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2022

Goulding's Lodge
Kayenta Monument Valley Inn
Kayenta Monument Valley Inn
3 out of 5
Junction Highway 160/Highway 163, Kayenta, AZ, 86033
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $211 per night from Aug 26 to Aug 27
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Kayenta. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the clean rooms in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
3.6/5 Good! (1,010 reviews)
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Reviewed on Aug 16, 2022

Kayenta Monument Valley Inn
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Rest at the bunkhouse. Plenty of parking for your 4x4's.
Rest at the bunkhouse. Plenty of parking for your 4x4's.
Blanding, UT
The price is $52 per night from Aug 18 to Aug 19
Stay at this cabin in Blanding. Enjoy WiFi, a TV, and 2 bathrooms. Popular attractions Dinosaur Museum and Cedar Mesa Pottery are located nearby. Discover genuine ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Quite peaceful
"We had deer practically join us for dinner the first night Having the use of a kitchen makes you feel at home, we stopped at the local grocery store and picked up a few things instead of eating out every meal"

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2022

Rest at the bunkhouse. Plenty of parking for your 4x4's.
Bluff Gardens Cabins
Bluff Gardens Cabins
3.5 out of 5
550 East Main Street, Bluff, UT, 84512
The price is $145 per night from Aug 18 to Aug 19
Stay at this 3.5-star cabin in Bluff. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and daily housekeeping. Our guests praise the clean rooms in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (306 reviews)
"We loved our stay at the Bluff Gardens Cabins. Such a safe and well thought out property! The owner was so sweet and helpful, and the cabins are adorable. We stayed at two separate cabins on this trip (one on the way to our destination in Arizona, and one on our way home),and both were perfectly ..."

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2022

Bluff Gardens Cabins
Cedar Canyon Condos
Cedar Canyon Condos
3.5 out of 5
168 North 400 West, Blanding, UT, 84511
The price is $185 per night from Aug 18 to Aug 19
Stay at this 3.5-star condo in Blanding. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a library. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (81 reviews)
"Such a beautiful, well appointed, roomy 4 bdrm condo. The kids were asking that we come back before we even left. Had everything we needed and had high quality, clean furniture and carpet. Only found the king bed not as soft as I'd like. Hope to be back soon!"

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2022

Cedar Canyon Condos
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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