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Otherworldly red rocks and desertous nature

Monument Valley

With its iconic towering sandstone buttes, vast desert vistas, and a sense of serenity that captivates the soul, Monument Valley is a destination that belongs on every traveller's bucket list.

Nestled on the Arizona-Utah boarder desert, Monument Valley is known for its incredible views of bizarre cliffs and mesas. Despite common misconception, Monument Valley isn't actually a national park; it is the Navajo Nation’s Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. Whether you explore the valley on a guided tour, hike its trails, or simply take in the awe-inspiring views, Monument Valley will leave an indelible mark on your heart and forever etch itself in your memory.

Man standing in Monument Valley landscape, Arizona, USA
Monument Valley is absolute must-see in the Southwest
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Red rocks and buttes in Monument Valley, AZ
The deep red colours come from a high iron content in the rock
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Welcome to Monument Valley

This iconic destination, immortalized in countless movies and TV shows, stands as a symbol of the American West. With its majestic sandstone buttes, mesas, and stunning vistas, Monument Valley offers visitors an enchanting experience that transcends time and sparks the imagination.

Culture and history

Monument Valley is part of the Navajo Nation, and the region is steeped in Navajo culture and history. Guided tours led by Navajo guides provide a deeper understanding of the area's significance to the indigenous people. Visitors can learn about traditional customs, art, and storytelling, gaining insights into the Navajo way of life.

Monument Valley cliffs and vegetation, AZ
The Navajo name for the area translates to "valley of the rocks"
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Dramatic rock formations

The most prominent feature of Monument Valley is its collection of monolithic sandstone formations that rise dramatically from the desert floor. These iconic buttes, some reaching heights of 1,000 feet (300 meters), create an ethereal landscape that is unlike anything else on Earth. The Mittens, Elephant Butte, and Merrick Butte are just a few of the many formations that captivate visitors with their sheer grandeur.

Scenic drives

A visit to Monument Valley is incomplete without a scenic drive or guided tour through the valley. The 17-mile (27 km) Valley Drive offers access to some of the most famous viewpoints and formations.

Rock window in Monument Valley, AZ
Fascinating rock formations can be found throughout the valley
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View over East and West Mitten Buttes, AZ
The East and West Mitten Buttes are easily recognizable
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Climate: when is the best time to visit?

Monument Valley experiences a high desert climate with hot summers and cold winters.

Autumn and spring

Fall and spring, from September to November and March to May, respectively, offer more moderate temperatures, making them the best times to visit Monument Valley. Daytime temperatures range from 15-30 °C, providing a comfortable environment for outdoor activities.


Winters, from December to February, bring cooler temperatures, with daytime highs averaging 4-15 °C. While snow is infrequent, the chilly weather may require visitors to dress warmly, especially during sunrise and sunset excursions.

Sunset in Monument Valley, AZ
Take the opportunity to admire Monument Valley at sunset
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Golden hour in the valley

Don't miss sunrise and sunset

The changing light throughout the day creates a mesmerizing play of colours over the valley. Sunrise and sunset are particularly enchanting, as the sun casts warm hues across the landscape, transforming the sandstone into shades of red, orange, and gold.

Photographers and nature enthusiasts alike flock to designated viewpoints to witness this magical spectacle. Head to popular viewpoints like John Ford's Point or the Totem Pole at these times to capture unforgettable photos.

Swirling rock patterns in Antelope Canyon, AZ
Antelope Canyon is famous for its swirling and wave patterned rocks
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Woman sitting on edge of Horseshoe Bend, AZ
Horseshoe Bend is a great place to view the Colorado River
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Nearby attractions

Antelope Canyon

Just a short drive from Monument Valley, Antelope Canyon is another natural wonder that attracts visitors with its breathtaking slot canyons. This narrow and winding canyon, located on Navajo land near Page, Arizona, is renowned for its smooth, sculpted sandstone walls and stunning light beams that create a photographer's paradise.

Horseshoe Bend

Also near Page, Horseshoe Bend is a mesmerizing meander of the Colorado River, known for its distinctive shape. Standing on the rim of the canyon, visitors are treated to panoramic views of the river as it gracefully bends in the shape of a horseshoe, offering a perfect photo opportunity.

Sunset landscape over Monument Valley, AZ, USA
Winter can mean a rare sighting of snow in Monument Valley

Activities: the best things to do

Endless hiking trails

Explore the valley on foot by following designated hiking trails, such as the Wildcat Trail, which leads to a unique perspective of the West Mitten Butte and Merrick Butte. Keep in mind that many areas of the valley are sacred to the Navajo Nation, so be respectful and stick to designated paths.

A photographer's dream location

Monument Valley offers endless opportunities for photographers of all levels. Whether capturing the grandeur of the formations, the play of light and shadow, or the unique cultural aspects, photography enthusiasts will find inspiration around every corner.

Stargazing opportunities

With minimal light pollution, Monument Valley presents an excellent location for stargazing. After the sun sets, look up to witness a breathtaking display of stars and constellations above the rugged landscape.

Get off-road with a 4x4

For the more adventurous, consider taking an off-road tour in a 4x4 vehicle to explore the valley's remote areas and access viewpoints that are not accessible by regular vehicles.

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Monument Valley is an unforgettable destination where visitors have the opportunity to connect with the earth's natural wonders and experience the enduring legacy of the Navajo people. From ambitious treks to relaxing drives through the scenery, there's something for everyone to enjoy in Monument Valley!

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