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Monument Valley
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Monument Valley which includes tranquil scenes, a sunset and a gorge or canyon

Experience the ever-changing hues of this ancient landscape. Soaring spires of weathered rock and desert plains capture the essence of the American Southwest.

If towering sandstone buttes and sun-scorched sandy plains remind you of a western film, that’s because Monument Valley set the scene. Its desolate beauty first captured the imagination of western filmmakers in the 1930s, but the valley’s history goes farther back. Explore a landscape once inhabited by the ancient Anasazi and a vital traditional area for the Navajo Nation. Discover the Colorado Plateau region’s immeasurably ancient culture and geology as you drive, hike or ride on horseback around the Utah-Arizona borderlands.

Drive around Monument Valley’s most remarkable landscapes. A 14-mile (23-kilometer) graded dirt road presents a showcase of captivating sights, including the red-rock buttes and mesas of Totem Pole, The Mittens, Three Sisters and Yei Bi Chei. Look out over the valley from John Ford’s Point to see the viewpoint used in the 1956 film The Searchers.

Book a visit with a Navajo guide to go deeper into the valley to the 92,000-acre (37,000-hectare) Navajo Tribal Park. Investigate the towering Ear of the Wind, Hunts Mesa and the backcountry isolation of Mystery Valley on the western side of Wetherill Mesa. Look for pictographs, petroglyphs and ancient Anasazi ruins.

Follow hiking trails that loop through Monument Valley. The hikes range from easy to challenging and include viewpoints to ruins, natural bridges and stunning butte scenery. A popular choice is Wildcat Trail, extending 3 miles (5 kilometers) around West Mitten Butte. Explore a range of breathtaking backcountry trails on horseback with a guided tour. Camp overnight on the sandy plains and see the sky light up with stars.

The region’s visitor center is located at Lookout Point, 22 miles (35 kilometers) from Kayenta, Arizona. In summer, a restaurant serves native Navajo and American fare and has a souvenir shop. Pick up traditional Navajo handicrafts and food from the vendors lining the road. The center’s restrooms are available year-round. There is an access fee for the Navajo Tribal Park.

Experience the icons of the American West in Monument Valley.

Goulding's Lodge
Goulding's Lodge
3 out of 5
1000 Main Street, Monument Valley, UT
The price is $171 per night from May 20 to May 20
Situated in Monument Valley, this lodge is steps from Goulding's Trading Post Museum and Oljato-Monument Valley. Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park and Wildcat ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,398 reviews)
"View, sunset tour, convenience"

Reviewed on May 17, 2021

Goulding's Lodge
The View Hotel
The View Hotel
2.5 out of 5
4 miles East Highway 163 Indian Route 42, Kayenta, AZ
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Situated in Kayenta, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Wildcat Trailhead and Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. Oljato-Monument Valley is 2.5 mi (4 km) ...
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Inn at the Canyons
Inn at the Canyons
2.5 out of 5
533 N Main, Monticello, UT
The price is $133 per night from May 19 to May 19
Situated in Monticello, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Frontier Museum, Hideout Golf Club, and Millsite Trail. Manti-La Sal National Forest and Robertson ...
4.2/5Very Good! (956 reviews)
"No complaints, nice property."

Reviewed on May 17, 2021

Inn at the Canyons
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Stunning Cabin in The Western Barn, Bbq, Campfire, Kitchenette
Stunning Cabin in The Western Barn, Bbq, Campfire, Kitchenette
Monticello, UT
The price is $125 per night from May 31 to May 31
Situated in the mountains, this romantic cabin is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Manti-La Sal National Forest and within 9 mi (15 km) of Millsite Trail and Hideout Golf ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Highly recommend
"Nice cabin. Good location to many sites. Book in cabin gave great suggestions for traveling in the area."

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2019

Stunning Cabin in The Western Barn, Bbq, Campfire, Kitchenette
Western Cowboy Barn
Western Cowboy Barn
3 out of 5
6198E S Hwy 191, Monticello, UT
The price is $108 per night from May 24 to May 24
Situated in Monticello, this vacation home is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Manti-La Sal National Forest and within 6 mi (10 km) of Millsite Trail and Hideout Golf Club. ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
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"Great, unique place!! It's in the middle of nature, but close to town. We Loved it! Would be great with group of friends or family. It has a huge common area with dining tables and a big kitchen."

Reviewed on May 16, 2021

Western Cowboy Barn
Glamour Camping Cabin, All Linens, Hot Showers, and Stunning Views
Glamour Camping Cabin, All Linens, Hot Showers, and Stunning Views
Monticello, UT
The price is $72 per night from May 24 to May 24
Situated in the mountains, this historic cabin is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Manti-La Sal National Forest and within 9 mi (15 km) of Millsite Trail and Hideout Golf ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Great way to camp.
"Very nice and clean. Quiet. Moon was bright but we still could star gaze."

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2018

Glamour Camping Cabin, All Linens, Hot Showers, and Stunning Views
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