Phoenix to Monument Valley: Exploring Utah's Historic Sites
Uncover the history of Utah's canyon country and desert southwest.
Editor's Note: Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park and Four Corners are now open at 50% of maximum occupancy, along with all Navajo Tribal Parks facilities. Facemasks are required in public.
Southeastern Utah is unique in that much of it seems as raw, natural and unspoiled as it did hundreds of years ago. You can share the same reverence for these places as the first pre-historic inhabitants and the modern-day Native Nations as you embark on this six-day road trip to the Monument Valley region.
Heading north, you can live like the pioneers who settled at Bluff Fort. Or imagine what life was like farming in desert country at the well-preserved Gifford Homestead. Explore an ancient Ancestral Pueblo village or take a Jeep tour through the majestic Navajo lands of Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. Then, explore the ruins of an ancient Fremont Indian village rich with pictographs, petroglyphs and well-preserved artifacts.
On the final leg of your journey, follow the route of pioneer explorers as you drive Hole-in-the-Rock Road. Afterwards, discover the wildlife that have long inhabited the Paunsaugunt Plateau, then see them for yourself as you explore Bryce Canyon National Park. This road trip is all about celebrating Utah's open spaces as they are, and as they have been for years.
Start: Drive roughly five hours northeast from Phoenix to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park.
End: Kanab, a charming city in Southwestern Utah.
Hours of Driving: 18+ hours, including the commute to and from Phoenix.
Places to Stay & Local Guides: Monument Valley is only the first stop of many. This road trip will lead you through many of Utah’s best historic sites. While you may want to spend a few nights camping under the stars, there are many nearby towns with wonderful lodging options, including Bluff, Monticello, Boulder, Escalante, Torrey and Bryce Canyon City. Also, be sure to make advance reservations with local tour guides in order to make the most of your road trip.