Visiting Monument Valley, Utah
Are you interested in planning a trip to the wild, wild, west?
Considered by some to be, “the definitive west,” find out why it is one of the most photographed places on earth and should be at the top of your to-do vacation list.
What is Monument Valley?
It is a natural wonder with colorful swirls of mesas, buttes, and desert environment. Wind and weather sculpt the rock formations over time. And some of them reach up to an impressive 1,000 feet above the valley floor!
Different Ways to See it:
Take a Guided Jeep Tour
Since the valley drive can be tough to navigate for those who are in their own vehicles, many parts with particularly rough patches are off-limits to self-guided visitors. Take a jeep tour with experts who can lead you to hidden treasures off the beaten path, and teach you exciting tidbits along the way.
Go Back in Time
Join a horseback riding tour through the valley for a one of a kind experience. Imagine yourself on top of your horse, looking out into the desert the same way people did hundreds of years ago. During the tour, visitors learn about the National park and Navajo culture. Many groups even stop into the villages for a chance to buy authentic handmade crafts and souvenirs.
Hike the Wildcat Trail
Explore the self-guided 4-mile loop that offers some of the best views in the valley, including the famous buttes, Mitten and Merrick.
Lose Yourself in the Milky Way
Stay the night in a Native American “hogan” (home) or “teepee” and witness a night filled sky like no other before, especially if you grew up in the bustle of a busy city. Look up at every constellation in its place and crystal clear view. Marvel at everything and nothing all at once while counting your hopes and dreams on each star you see.
Look for the Mexican Hat
In Mexican Hat, Utah, there is a rock formation that resembles an upside-down sombrero. Can you spot it?
There is a local legend about a Mexican man who fell in love with a Native American woman. The problem is, she was already married to somebody else! When the husband found out, he turned the man upside down and cast him into stone.
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