One of the most impressive places to see in Utah is Monument Valley. You cannot travel here and miss this natural wonder. It is even one of the most beautiful landscapes in the entire country.
This Valley is located on the Utah-Arizona border. And it's within the Navajo reservation, the largest Indian nation in the United States.
In this practical guide I tell you how to get to Monument Valley, the hours and access fees, what to visit in Monument Valley, tours...
HOW TO VISIT MONUMENT VALLEY, UTAH
Monument Valley is one of the essential places to see in Utah. In addition, it will give you the opportunity to get to know and delve into the Navajo culture.
The Navajos already lived in the area long before the arrival of the Spanish in the year 1581. But until the year 1930, Monument Valley was a completely unknown landscape, a wild desert. The only ones who knew the area perfectly were the Navajos.
This Valley became known thanks to the Western movies that were recorded in this area. The popular movies directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne.
Now it is one of the great wonders of the State.
HOW TO GET TO MONUMENT VALLEY
Monument Valley is very far from everything and when planning your route through the State you should take this into account.
You will need to go on Route 163 and it is right on the southern border between Utah and Arizona. The entrance to the park is in Utah, but the valley itself is in the state of Arizona.
If your intention is to get to the valley from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, it will take about 3 and a half hours approx.
Another option is to make a stop in Page before arriving at the Park. It is a city in Arizona, about 2 hours from Monument Valley where you will find restaurants, shops and accommodation.
Another option, for those of you who are not considering a trip to Utah or Arizona, but to the state of Colorado, is to visit Monument Valley from Las Vegas. It is a long route of 6h one way + 6h back. And it is quite common to do it on concerted trips, which include full-day excursions. (Although it must be a real beating.)
MONUMENT VALLEY SCHEDULES AND RATES
Fees, Monument Valley Annual Bond
The first thing I recommend if you are going to travel to Utah is that you buy the annual pass to access all the national parks in the United States. It's a real bargain. It costs about 80 dollars, but with it you will have access to all the National Parks of the United States for 12 months. If you are thinking of doing a road trip through Utah, keep in mind that the state is full of them, so if you buy the ticket in Vada Parque you will spend 10 times more.
Monument Valley Visitor Center Hours
From April 1 to September 30, access is from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is the period considered high season and in addition to higher temperatures. I recommend you get up very early and start your day in the park at 6 o'clock.