Travel to Monument Valley in Utah

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal ParkScene at the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park is located in extreme southeastern Utah, on the northern border of Arizona. It is operated by the Navajo Nation, not the National Park Service.

The valley is host to towering sandstone rock formations that have been sculpted over time and soar 400 to 1,000 feet above the valley floor. Combined with the surrounding mesas, buttes, and desert environment, Monument Valley is one of the natural wonders of the world. 

Over the years, Monument Valley has been the locale for the filming of numerous movies starring such film legends as John Wayne. Scenes in movies such as Stagecoach, Back to the Future Part III, Easy Rider 2001: A Space Odyssey and Forrest Gump have been been filmed in the valley.

Visitors may explore the 17-mile scenic drive through the park in private vehicles or book a half-day or full-day jeep tour to explore the area's backroads and sacred lands with the help of a local guide.

The road passes many notable features, including the Mitten Buttes, Three Sisters, Yei-bi-chai, North Window, and the famous Totem Pole. Passenger cars can drive the road, although care must be taken in loose sand and rocky areas. No hiking or driving off the posted track is allowed.

We have driven the scenic dirt road twice, both times in a high-clearance SUV. We would not attempt the drive in a low-clearance sedan, although visitors do it all the time.

We have also toured the Goulding Film and Cultural History Museum at Goulding's Lodge.

Driving to Monument Valley

The monument is reached via U.S. Highway 163 from the north or south. Moab lies 148 miles, or 3 hours, to the north. Monument Valley is about 5 hours driving time from Phoenix.

 

Lodging at Monument Valley

During our most recent trip to Monument Valley, we stayed at the historic Goulding's Lodge, located across Highway 163 from the Tribal Park. It features a restaurant, large gift shop, swimming pool, sundeck, and museum on site, as well as an RV park. Phone the lodge at 435.727.3231 for more information.

Another option is The View Hotel, operated by the Navajo and situated adjacent to the park's Visitor Center. An RV park is also available onsite. Phone 435.727.5555 for information.

On previous visits to Monument Valley, we stayed at the Hampton Inn in Kayenta, Arizona, 23 miles to the south.

 

Lodging At Monument Valley

Goulding's Lodge & Campground

The View Hotel

Other Lodging in the Monument Valley Area

Farmington, New Mexico

Cortez, Colorado

Durango, Colorado

Kayenta, Arizona

Moab, Utah

Click to review hotels and restaurants, read reviews and make reservations at TripAdvisor

 

Distant view of Goulding's Lodge at Monument Valley
Distance view of Goulding's Lodge at Monument Valley



View across the valley from Goulding's Lodge
View across the valley from Goulding's Lodge

View of Monument Valley from Goulding's Restaurant
View of Monument Valley from Goulding's Restaurant

Our Photographs of Monument Valley

On the road to the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
On the road to the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

Entrance sign at the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
Entrance sign at the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

Visitor Center at the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
Visitor Center at the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park



Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

View of the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park from the Visitors Center
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, with the road seen below
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

Overlooking the 17-mile road at Monument Valley
Entrance sign at the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
Tours out on the Monument Valley Road
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

 

 

The 17-mile road through the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

Riding the road at the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
Entrance sign at the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

Three Sisters at the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
Three Sisters at the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

 

 

Interactive Map of the Monument Valley Region

For More Information about Monument Valley

Monument Valley official Navajo Parks & Recreation website

Monument Valley at VisitUtah.com