Monument Valley is a Navajo Tribal Park located near the Four Corners area. Made famous by the movie industry, particularly the John Ford westerns of the 40's and 50's, the Valley holds some of the most spectacular geologic formations in the southwestern U.S.
The Navajo Nation charges an admission fee. State and National Parks passes are not accepted. Check the Tribal Park website for details (see our links page). Once in you can tour the Valley on a 17-mile loop road. The road opens and closes on a set schedule, depending on the month. The schedule is not always conducive to great light. The road is VERY rough and quite dusty!
The best way to see the Valley is to hire a Navajo guide. Not only will not have to drive the road, but you'll get to go "back country" and get to see views not visible from the tour road. You can also go out for sunrise and sunset shooting. Check out our links page for the information on a guide service we have used.
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