Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
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  • Gary S
    Hendersonville, Tennessee121 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Time spent with Don Mose is worth far more than the asking price.
    Our guide, Don Mose, made our tour of Monument Valley something that we will never forget. It was beautiful, informative, and surprisingly emotional. Don showed us all of the best places for photographs, showed us petroglyphs and explained their meaning, and he had a very clever demonstration of how the butes were formed. Don is a intelligent, educated, well-traveled humble man who is a gem. Time spent with him is worth far more than the tour price.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 22 May 2023
  • Brian H
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tour of Monument valley
    Booked 2.5 hour tour with Dineh Bekayah tours. Joe was our guide on the tour and was outstanding! He gave us tips for the best photo spots, and also explained about the culture and history of the Navajo. The tour was very relaxed and it takes you to places you can’t see if you do the self driving tour. would highly recommend Dineh Bekayah tour and hopefully you get Joe as your guide.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 2 June 2023
  • Sami S
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely Stunning
    The whole place was just absolutely stunning. We got there just in time to watch the sunset from our cabin. We also got up BEFORE the crack of dawn to watch the sunrise, and WOW. It was absolutely stunning. We did the loop and it was really cool. Sat on the horse, Spirit at John Ford’s Point. Everything was just beautiful.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 June 2023
  • MountainMama
    United States26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous Valley
    What a beautiful spot, we almost didn’t take the time to drive out here on our very long road trip but I’m so glad we did. All the vistas were absolutely stunning and even if you don’t have a high clearance vehicle or time to take a tour the views from the visitor center alone are with it. Thank you to the Navajo people for sharing such a beautiful special place with all of us.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 June 2023
  • Jazz Gumbo
    London, United Kingdom827 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a remarkable & spiritual place
    One of the most special places on earth, it is truly spectacular without comparison. Not the easiest loop road to travel on, I would though, highly recommend it to everyone to do once in their lives. Every stopping point is breathtaking and so picturesque too. A place so very close to my heart having watched the classic cowboy films as a boy. In many ways it felt like I was returning to place so familiar that I'd never visited before. Remarkable!
    Visited June 2023
    Written 20 June 2023
  • Journey55375171763
    28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The dirt road is fine
    Wonderful experience with breathtaking views! Drive in from the Utah side (from Mexican Hat) and see the Forrest Gump road! We paid to enter the park (this is Navajo lands, NOT a national park) and there are fantastic views there. You can drive as little or as much as you want on the road yourself- it’s a typical country dirt road. We did it in a minivan and it was fine. Ignore the crazy reviews haha. Nice visitor center/gift shop and a restaurant (that wasn’t open, we were there around noon) and a lodge as well. I would like to return to spend a night. Highly recommend!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 June 2023
  • DLP
    New Jersey3,579 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unbelievable Natural Sights
    Monument Valley is gorgeous landscapes and geological rock formations on Navajo (Native American) land. Recommend doing a tour as the loop road is an uneven dirt road and tours can take you off the loop rood too see other parts of the valley. It is no wonder that many films have used Monument Valley in movie scenes….the land is just breath taking and is worth the fee to enter this tribal park.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 July 2023
  • Marjorie M
    Salem, Indiana162 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Scenic and pleasant
    We enjoyed the visitor center. There are many items for sale, but if you want a nice souvenir, take one of the tours(pricey). The vehicles stop at several sites where artists are displaying handmade jewelry, dream catchers, and other artifacts.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 July 2023
  • Sobekra
    16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great stunning place where Earth meets sky!
    We went around mid morning and the crowds weren't bad at all. The place itself defies any descriptions. No words to describe the stunning views and the natural beauty in front of your eyes. It is Nature in all glory .. we drove the scenic loop drive and beware the ride is very bumpy. You can stop at scenic View points, but the road is quite dusty and a dirt track. The place itself is beyond amazing!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 August 2023
  • Jim D
    Omaha, Nebraska162 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bucket List Location
    This has been a bucket list location for me for many years! The trip lived up to my expectations in every way. I took a 3 1/2 hour guided tour with one of the many providers (Monument Valley Safari) which enhanced the visit due to the Navajo guide and being able to visit closed off locations! Some of those off road locations are accessible over some rough terrain but again, was well worth the bumps!
    Visited July 2023
    Written 10 August 2023
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Frugalgirl125
Fremont, NE249 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Alert! There is no internet on this tour. My experience! I bought a bracelet from a a vender who told me the bracelet was $12. There are no tags on the items you are purchasing. They will not take cash. The vender used square which sends the receipt to your phone but you can’t see it until you get cell phone service!! I was charged $65. Thief! You can’t dispute it on your credit card either, because you can’t prove she said $12. So video your conversation, try to get a hand written receipt. Do what you can to prove the amount they told you. This happened at JOHN FORD POINT. Please tell everyone on your tour!!
Written 17 May 2024
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Kiki
Minneapolis, MN82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
CELL SERVICE: some at visitor center.

NO DRONE ZONE!

FOOD/DRINKS:
Visitor center has restaurant attached.
***visitor center had jewelry, Tshirts, mugs… etc. VERY WINDY at top of visitor center taking pictures of M.V.

Free water stations: NO

RESTROOMS: Yes! At visitor center. 4 women’s stalls (one handicap).
Restrooms easy to find: Yes! All the way in back to the right.

COST: $8 per person to enter M.V.
PARKING: lots of parking!

***Small area in parking lot with picnic tables to eat and grill if wanted to. Too windy for us to sit there beginning of May 2024.

LENGTH OF TIME spent here: drove 17mile loop in 1.5 hours, taking pictures along the way.

Perfect time of day to go: anytime!!

For Kids/Couples: anyone!

LOOP: Driving 17 mile loop - need high clearance SUV!! Road is rough & plenty of pot holes! Take your time! Look at map!! Marker numbers/stops are NOT WELL MARKED! Our favorite photo spots #8 and #9!!!
** bathrooms at marker/stops #7 and #9 that I saw.

Special shoes/clothes: tennis/hiking shoes & sun shirts. NO SHADE!

TOURS: Small building in parking lot- info about Guided tour. Plenty of trucks with seating in bed for tours. Didn’t see cost! The truck is completely open- VERY WINDY! Wear FACE MASKS AND SUNGLASSES!! Drive the loop if you can! People looked miserable on tour!
Written 5 May 2024
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kittenlivesmatter2
30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
The most beautiful place I have Ever been and I travel alot.Its a very sacred place and something that can't be explained, only felt. Please give yourself 2 /3 days to experience this beauty,very well worth it!!
Written 1 May 2024
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roamnbears
Colorado Springs, CO52 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
It is definitely worth a visit to see the beauty of Monument Valley. Also, we found the Visitor Center’s wall panels to be very informative about the Navajo history, and worth a stop to read. The Visitor Center employee was not particularly welcoming, but she did answer my questions. We opted to not do the drive as we could see there was a good bit of traffic on the Valley floor. The gift shop has a huge selection of beautiful jewelry. Due to Navajo policy, no alcohol is served…it would have been lovely to sit on the deck and enjoy the view with a glass of wine. The drive northeast towards Mexican Hat commands grand views including the Valley, and worth the drive.
Written 26 April 2024
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texascruiser
Belton, TX74 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This trip through Monument Valley is amazing and the hosts, Navajo Nation, were, in general, helpful and engaged. To enter the park, you must have a permit that can be purchased online prior to your trip or on site as you enter the park. We did the former and made an error on the date. We purchased a permit for the day we planned to tour the park rather than the day we entered the park (which was the day before). Therefore, we had to purchase another permit--that's one permit for each person, not each vehicle. So, be certain you're purchasing for the day you enter or just wait until you get there. There was a long line of cars, but you have to wait in that line anyway. Also, the only person we met in the Tribal Park who was not helpful was the gate keeper. She was terse in her dealings about the permit date and kept our credit card for the second permit purchase. When we went back to get the card, she didn't say a word, just thrust the card through the window. A most unpleasant encounter.

We opted to tour the park using Monument Valley Navajo Tours and they did a superb job. We heartily recommend them.
Written 26 April 2024
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YayeMama
Maplewood, NJ844 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Wow! Simply wow! Definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area.

If you decide to do the self drive 17 mile tour, make sure you have an AWD vehicle as the road is not paved.
Written 23 April 2024
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GeorgiaJaneite
Georgia146 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This was our first time visiting, and we were excited to be seeing the iconic sights of Monument Valley and grateful to be allowed onto the Navajo tribal land to enjoy it. We got to the park around lunch time, and there is only one option for lunch in the gift shop (mostly packaged sandwiches), but the options in the nearby town of Kayenta are pretty much all fast food. (You may want to eat before you get there or pack a picnic.) The gift shop is large and sells lovely native dolls/figures and pottery along with "typical"souvenirs like t-shirts and post cards. Overall I have to say that our only disappointment was with the visitors center. There was no one working there so it was really impossible to get information there. (The booths that seemed intended for disseminating information were unstaffed.) We walked around trying to find maps, displays, or other information but were disappointed. Since we'd been in the car a lot during our trip, we opted out of the driving tour and instead hiked the Wildcat Trail. I highly recommend that as it was a wonderful opportunity to actually walk down amongst the rocks and see the desert flora up close. The valley is simply majestic, and it was truly a blessing to be able to take this lovely walk there. There are many options for tours from locals including driving tours and horseback tours. I would recommend taking advantage of one of those options if you have the time. We stayed the night at The View Inn so we were able to watch the sunset and sunrise as well as see the incredibly brilliant stars at night. Monument Valley is a beautiful and awe-inspriring place that I think everyone should visit at least once in their lives, and we are very glad that we did!
Written 23 April 2024
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Cynthia C
Holly Springs, NC2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
An overrwhelming experience. The park is absolutely worth the visit. I caution, though, if you take the drive through the park without a high clearance vehicle and 4WD, you are doing so at your own risk. We have a 4WD truck and even we cringed at the condition of the road. The descent into the canyon is steep and rough. The road is very bumpy and rutted in areas. The cost is $8 a person. Tours start at $79.
Written 22 April 2024
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Lauren R
Wynantskill, NY361 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We have always wanted to visit Monument Valley, and I knew while planning our road trip this was a must do for our family!! They have a fantastic gift shop that you must check out as well!

We didn't do a tour, but we did the drive through experience and it was nothing less than amazing! To see the size of these monuments just blows your mind.

The road is rough, it is bumpy, there is no way that you could even do the speed limit, but it also makes you slow down a take a little around.

There are a lot of vendors through out the park selling hand made jewelry and other goods.

There are plenty of pull offs to get out of your car and take photos of the more "well known" formations.

It was not expensive to enter, and if you are in the area, take the time to go, even on the drive through experience. It took us about 3 hours to complete, but it didn't seem like that long at all!
Written 19 April 2024
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1234texas
Seabrook, TX5,020 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
I have flown over the valley at least 30 times. It is incredible from the especially when the sun is low and the shadows long. Clearly, a bucket list site! We went far out of our way to get the valley to experience it close up.
Sadly, we arrived late in the afternoon and the reality of the poor state of the venue did not meet my expectations. There is one entry shack manned by a woman who had no clue as to what her job is--get people into the park! It took her 20 minutes to let three cars get checked in, and it is credit cards only.
When in, the signage to the valley road is poor. When on the road, we quickly found the road to be horribly maintained. It has ruts, holes, rocks and bumps that can take your car out of commission. We went 250 feet and turned around to exit. The thought of driving on this mess for two hours to see the monuments very similar to what we had seen from the road seemed insane. And, we had just driven south on 95 to see landscapes far more beautiful than anything here.
I strongly suggest that any fellow TA contributors follow the recommendations to get one of the Native American guides to take you through in their vehicles-- not yours. We had a schedule to keep, and had to be in Gallup the next day, so we missed it.
This the first time I have ever been disappointed with a bucket list site. I will be more careful in the future to follow the TA advice.
Written 7 April 2024
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