Monument Valley

Monument Valley, photo by Chmehi
Monument Valley (photo by Chmehi)
 

Monument Valley is located within the Navajo Nation on the border of Arizona and Utah.

It is a desert region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes rising as high as 1,000 ft (300 m) above the valley floor, and is perhaps the most famous example of the classic American Southwest landscape.

The valley has wide a assortment of vegetation including, Juniper trees, yucca, Russian thistle (Tumbleweed) and Navajo Tea to name just a few. Much of the vegetation is still used by the Navajos for medicinal purposes, and as dyes for their world famous hand-woven rugs.

Visitors may pay an access fee and drive through the park on a 17-mile (27 km) dirt road (a 2-3 hour trip). Parts of Monument Valley, such as Mystery Valley and Hunts Mesa, are accessible only by guided tour.

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Overall Atmosphere: Natural
A Natural Atmosphere includes a diverse range of destinations with outdoor-oriented features, including both water-based (beaches, rivers, lakes, etc) and land-based (mountains, forests, deserts, etc). It also includes specific outdoor activities, ranging from water adventuring (eg, kayaking, sailing) to land adventuring (eg, hiking, biking).

Natural Interests tend to be:
(a) outdoors-oriented, and therefore more dependent on weather conditions
(b) less easily accessible and more physically demanding than other destination categories.

In some cases (eg, rafting and climbing), this includes a significantly increased degree of adventure (or danger, depending on one's viewpoint).
Featuring mainly outdoors-oriented natural attractions.
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Wetherill Inn

Featuring an indoor heated pool, this motel is 40 minutes’ drive from Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. Each room includes free Wi-Fi. A continental breakfast is served daily. Average score from 35 guest reviews: 7.8/10.

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Goulding's Lodge

Featuring a year round indoor heated pool, this lodge is located in Monument Valley. All rooms include a flat-screen TV with cable channels. An on-site restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Average score from 18 guest reviews: 8.6/10.

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Goulding's Apartments

Featuring access to a year-round indoor pool and a restaurant, this apartment is located in Monument Valley. Free WiFi is available. Monument Valley Airport is 5 minutes’ drive from the apartment. Average score from 494 guest reviews: 8.3/10.

$183

 
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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Goulding's Lodge

Goulding's Lodge

Featuring a year round indoor heated pool, this lodge is located in Monument Valley. All rooms include a flat-screen TV with cable channels. An on-site restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Average score from 18 guest reviews: 8.6/10.

$118

 
$1188.6
Goulding's Apartments

Goulding's Apartments

Featuring access to a year-round indoor pool and a restaurant, this apartment is located in Monument Valley. Free WiFi is available. Monument Valley Airport is 5 minutes’ drive from the apartment. Average score from 494 guest reviews: 8.3/10.

$183

 
$1838.3
Wetherill Inn

Wetherill Inn

Featuring an indoor heated pool, this motel is 40 minutes’ drive from Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. Each room includes free Wi-Fi. A continental breakfast is served daily. Average score from 35 guest reviews: 7.8/10.

$89

 
$897.8

Highlighted Interests:

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Natural
Deserts

Desert landscapes straight out of old Westerns

Monument Valley has been featured in many forms of media since the 1930s. Director John Ford used the location for a number of his best-known films. in the words of critic Keith Phipps, "its five square miles have defined what decades of moviegoers think of when they imagine the American West."
Geologic Formations
Wildcat Trail. An impressive 3.1 mile trail takes you along the base of the West Mitten Butte, giving you a sense of how enormous the monuments are. This is the only self-guided walking tour in the park.
Other Interests:
Cultural
Unusual Local Feature
Combination
Archeological Sites
Natural
Hiking and Trekking

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