As you drive into the valley, you may feel as though you're driving through one of the classic Hollywood westerns. The feeling comes for good reason: hundreds of movies and commercials have been shot right here–it easily makes the list of the top things to see in Utah. And as you travel, you're following in the footsteps of legends like John Wayne and contemporaries like Johnny Depp.
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park offers some of Utah’s most magnificent and famous views. It’s a place of grandeur and majesty, and much of that beauty can be experienced by driving the rough 17-mile dirt road that begins at the visitor center and swings through the park. The road passes many notable features, including the Mitten Buttes, Three Sisters, Yei-bi-chai, North Window, and the famous Totem Pole, a slender 500-foot-high dart that towers over surrounding sand dunes. 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.
The angular rocks in Monument Valley that you will see from this drive are composed of De Chelly Sandstone, and they resemble a silent, stone city. The monuments can even be described in an architectural language, abounding with domes, cupolas, steeples, cathedrals, and skyscrapers. The landscape is grand. Everywhere the eye looks it finds an ever-changing panorama.