Goulding's Lodge and Guided Tours
When you arrive in Monument Valley, your first stop should be at the Goulding Film and Cultural History museum at Goulding's Lodge. It's the perfect introduction and educational resource for what you'll see in the valley.
The best way to experience Monument Valley is to take a half-day or full-day Jeep tour. You can certainly tour limited parts of the park independently (a 17-mile scenic drive with several pullouts and great views), but a Jeep tour saves your vehicle from the abuses of the rough roads, provides access to a much larger section of the park and introduces you to the park's cultural heritage. The tour guides are key to unlocking the rich history, archeology and traditions of the Navajo people who continue to live in traditional hogans, herd sheep and weave rugs as they've done for millennia.
Trail of the Ancients Scenic Byway
Monument Valley is also a cornerstone of a trip along the Trail of the Ancients Scenic Byway. Packed with scenic vistas in all directions and both archaeological and cultural intrigue, the byway encounters numerous examples of Ancestral Puebloan history in the Four Corners area. A tour of the Utah portion of the Trail of the Ancients includes Four Corners Monument, Edge of the Cedars State Park & Museum, Natural Bridges National Monument, Hovenweep National Monument and many other areas of interest across the map. A more circular route hits the steep and spectacular Moki Dugway, comprised of white-knuckle inducing gravel switchbacks. (The narrow 11 percent grade is not recommended for trailers or larger RVs.)