This was on my husband's bucket list so we basically planned our entire Utah road trip around it.
It's huge and remote but worth going there. We stayed at The View hotel inside Monument Valley (separate review on that).
Entrance fee for Monument Valley is $20 and I think if you are staying at the very expensive View Hotel they should waive that fee.
We were traveling in a minivan and decided to do the self-drive tour. The roads are dirt and quite rough in spots, but we made it. Most of the road is not that bad but the bad spots are bad. You'd think with the thousands and thousands of visitors paying for entry and tours that they'd spend a little money to fix up the rough spots. I'm not saying pave it, just smooth it out a bit.
It was very hot and windy when we were there. Unfortunate about the wind because it was blowing the sand all around and you really couldn't stay out long in it.
But we did the self drive and took pics at all the lookouts. We saw some horses grazing. By the end we were dusty and shaken up!
Every lookout has locals selling jewelry in little wooden shack like structures. I wish they were selling something other than jewelry!! I don't wear much jewelry but I would have liked to buy something. I did get a couple of little things in the gift shop.
I got up for sunset but unfortunately it wasn't an amazing sunset, you never know when it will be a great sunset or not.
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