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Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park Oljato-Monument Valley

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Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
Monument Valley Road
Oljato-Monument Valley
AZ
84536
Tel: 928.871.6647

Directions

If you are travelling by train, the nearest train station is Flagstaff. The park is located North of Kayenta on the 163. It borders Utah and Arizona.

Where are we going today?

Spanning the border of Arizona and Utah, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park is an amazing place to take the kids.  This sprawling, sandy piece of natural wonders is dominated by incredible sandstone towers - some reach up to 1000ft - pretty incredible! 

The park is located within the Navajo Nation - one of the USA's largest Native American tribes, which means there is an incredibly rich culture and heritage for the kids to learn about! 

Did you know that Monument Valley was once a simple, flat basin?  Over millions and millions of years, nature took over and layers of sediment piled onto this basin. Then, wind and water took course, and eroded much of the plateau, leaving these incredible formations for you to visit today!

A great place to start your journey is the visitor center, located just north of Kayenta. Here you can find all the information you need on self-guided tours, maps and information.  

Keep an eye out nearby the center for all the Navajo stalls and vendors, because it's a great place for kids to pick up some traditional Navajo items and gifts!

It's an amazing place to take photographs, with the entire landscape changing with the light. As the sun rises, it looks like a totally different place to when the sun is setting. Make sure you try and see it during all parts of the day - it's pretty special! 

So make sure you don’t forget your camera, and head out to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park to experience one of the most amazing natural wonders in the entire world!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$10. $20 per vehicle up to 4 people.
  • Children$10
  • Free Under: 9 years of age
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

Peak season 6am - 8pm. Otherwise 8am - 5pm

Open 7 days a week, except New Years Day and Christmas Day.

I'm Hungry!

There is a place to grab some food in the visitor center, but you can always bring your own food..

Healthy Eating!

Make sure you are stocked up with plenty of water! It's important out in that desert! .

Any Top Tips?

You are responsible for your own trash so make sure you bring a back so you don't leave any mess behind for the next families. .

Doing our bit

The mission is to protect and preserve the cultures, traditions, and landscapes of the park. .

Need a little extra help?

There are a number of guided tours that you can take, so you can ask the tour operator when booking about what assistance you need, otherwise just call the Visitor Center ahead of time and check what assistance you might need. .

Can I get one of those?

There is a gift shop in the Visitor Center, but there are also Navajo stalls around the area that you can pick up traditional gifts from - very special items! .

More information

There are additional scenic drive hours, until 8:30pm in peak season. .

What people are saying?

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    This is no national park, but the scenery is speculator. There are many breathtaking views, which are simply unearthly. But the view is in stark contrast to the living condition of local natives.

    The park is poorly managed. While the entrance fee is not trivial, there is little information about the park and about its early inhabitants and geological features. There is only one hiking trail, the Wild Cat, which is poorly marked and managed. It says 3.2 miles. In fact, the total length was 4.2 miles. The road is in bad condition. There are too...Read More

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    What an incredible place to visit. We visited in November 2014 and couldn't have had a better time. The park is NOT part of the National Park System, so annual passes do you no good here. The entrance fee is $20/vehicle. This is good for two consecutive days of visiting according to the lady from whom we purchased the entrance ticket. Although when we came back just before sunset, there was nobody manning the booth, so it would have just been the honor system at that point. There is a 19 mile driving route on dirt roads that takes you around the...Read More

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    Best experience in the USA. The scenary is awesome you feel like you are on a cowboy movie the only difderence you seeing it on reality. The sunset is amazing and best of all you can move around with your car without being charged

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    This is a beautiful place with cool rock formations. However, it's not a national park so they charge way too much. $20 just to get in for 1-4 people, then you can drive on very rough road in your veh but I recommend4x4 and a helmet. Or take a tour in open air veh for $65/person. Gift shop is extremely expensive. I enjoyed the views but cost almost wasn't worth it. Best to take your own vehicle half way and turn around. Full road takes 15 miles and 3 hours

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    They had new, clean restrooms and showers. The views were amazing. Staff was helpful, but the place was difficult to find at night because it is in Arizona but it has Utah address.

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by Zhou Yu

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This is no national park, but the scenery is speculator. There are many breathtaking views, which are simply unearthly. But the view is in stark contrast to the living condition of local natives.

The park is poorly managed. While the entrance fee is not trivial, there is little information about the park and about its early inhabitants and geological features. There is only one hiking trail, the Wild Cat, which is poorly marked and managed. It says 3.2 miles. In fact, the total length was 4.2 miles. The road is in bad condition. There are too many roadside shops trying to sell Navajo jewelries.

All in all, spectacular place but badly managed.

by Matthew Adjemian

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What an incredible place to visit. We visited in November 2014 and couldn't have had a better time. The park is NOT part of the National Park System, so annual passes do you no good here. The entrance fee is $20/vehicle. This is good for two consecutive days of visiting according to the lady from whom we purchased the entrance ticket. Although when we came back just before sunset, there was nobody manning the booth, so it would have just been the honor system at that point. There is a 19 mile driving route on dirt roads that takes you around the park with about a dozen stopping points for vistas. The road is rough, so expect the trip to take at least an hour and a half to drive plus at least another hour or so for stopping and taking photos. There aren't many hiking paths in the park as the Navajo don't want you tramping off the road anywhere you like, though there is a trail near the campground that lets you walk around some of the buttes and spires. It was a magical experience watching the sunset here as it evoked all the memories from my childhood of how the "west" should look.

If you drive about 13 miles north of this park on Highway 163 you'll come to a small crest in the road that provides iconic views of the north side of the park. This is the spot used in many photos and movies, including the Forrest Gump scene where he decides to stop running. It's a beautiful view at sunrise and it's free!

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