Monument Valley Guide

If you think of classic wild west landscape, you are probably thinking of Monument Valley. The towering buttes and mesas feature in countless western movies. In movies, this is the landscape of romance and exploration.

Today, is makes up the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal park and it is possible to not only see the incredible landscape, but also take a tour with a Navajo guide and learn more about their culture.

Monument Valley Travel Guide

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park at a glance

State: Arizona/ Utah (the state border cuts through the valley)

Main attractions: Mesas and buttes, Navajo culture

Best time to go: Spring and fall

Hotels/ Airbnbs: The View, Gouldings, Mexican hat, Kayenta

Campgrounds: The View, Gouldings, some others near the park

Dining: The View, Gouldings

Shuttle: No, but if you have an RV, you will need to book a tour to take you into the valley


Monument Valley Guide

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About the author

James Ian Yosemite

James Ian is a national park, camping and hiking expert.

He has dedicated his life to travel, visiting more than 80 countries, all 7 continents and all of the main national parks in the United States. With over 35 years experience in the travel industry, James has worked on cruise ships, at resorts and hotels, and as a travel planner who’s helped hundreds of people plan successful trips to US national parks. 

Based on his experience visiting our national parks multiple times, in-depth research and expertise as a travel planner, James has published detailed itineraries for most of the major national parks in the US. These itineraries, as well as in-depth park guides, comprehensive camping and hiking gear reviews and buying guides, and helpful packing lists and gift guides will help you have your own incredible trip to US national parks without stress and hassle.

As a national park expert, James has contributed to many publications, including Time Business News, Savoteur, Best Trip, and Wired.

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