Monument Valley, Utah, an iconic symbol of the American West, is the sacred heart of the Navajo Nation and the ideal setting for your next adventure in the warm, high desert climate of southeastern Utah. In some ways, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park is the definitive West. Ancestral spirits infuse the rugged, disruptive landscapes that feel foreign, yet distinctly familiar thanks to Hollywood's long love affair with this land. Enjoy hiking, jeep tours, horseback riding and stargazing in Monument Valley, some on your own, some escorted and narrated by Navajo guides.
Any visit to southeastern Utah must include a visit to Monument Valley — but be warned: this remote, inspiring place demands a closer look. Visitors may explore the 17-mile scenic drive 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 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, it truly is one of the natural wonders of the world.
Stay the night and step out after dark to appreciate the timelessness and wonder of the Milky Way. Stopping to appreciate the rhythms of this ancient, sacred land has the ability to change your perspective if you take the time to let it.
Read more about the park's geology and heritage in The Story of Monument Valley then explore an inspirational itinerary below to help guide your preparations for this unique destination or browse some of the area's must-do drives and hikes.
Monument Valley Must-Do Guide
Tour Monument Valley Drive for Inspiring Views
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park offers some of Utah’s most magnificent and famous views.
Hike the Wildcat Trail for an Up-Close View of the Monuments
Explore this self-guided, 4-mile loop hike into one of the most scenic areas that Monument Valley has to offer
Goulding's Lodge and Guided Tours
Some say the best way to experience Monument Valley is to take a half-day or full-day Jeep tour with a Navajo guide.
Gaze Upon More Unusual Geology near Mexican Hat
This is home base for several land and river tour companies and makes a good base for exploring the surrounding wilderness areas.
Visit Valley of the Gods and Goosenecks State Park
Valley of the Gods, which is like a miniature Monument Valley, and Goosenecks State Park are great stops on your Monument Valley area itinerary.
Learn about weather, fees, overnight options and the best times and seasons to travel.
When to start and how to best experience Monument Valley and nearby destinations.
Monument Valley's scenic drive is just one can't-miss road trip. The road trips getting here are just as stunning.
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
Oljato-Monument Valley, Utah 84536