Monument Valley is a sweeping but desolate landscape within the precincts of the Navajo Indian Reservation on the Utah-Arizona border. The Monument Valley represents the quintessentially American West with the towering mesas and buttes breaking the monotony with bright reds and flaming oranges. Monument Valley has been extensively filmed and is the favorite backdrop of most Hollywood Westerns.
The sandstone buttes that interrupt the terrain reach up hundreds of feet, the largest rising over 1,000 feet from the ground. The region is itself part of the Colorado Plateau and the general elevation is between 5,000 and 6,000 feet above sea level. A drive or a horse-ride through the 17-mile dirt road will take you through some of the most spectacular parts of Monument Valley such as the Hunts Mesa and the Mystery Valley.
Overnight camping trips, hot air balloon flights, and small airplane flights are often available over the peak tourist season from May through September. The eroded sandstone cliffs, the ancient cave dwellings, and monuments take visitors into a long forgotten time.
- The Navajo name for Monument Valley is Tse’ Bii’ Ndzisgaii.
- The drive to the valley is through a 17-mile dirt road.
- Its elevation is 5,564 feet above sea level.
- It stretches up to 91,696 acres .
Monument Valley is located on the Utah-Arizona state line close to the Four Corners monument. The valley lies within the Navajo Nation Reservation precincts, and can be accessed through the US Highway 163.
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park Visitor Center is open from 8 am to 5 pm through the year except on New Year’s Day and Christmas Day. It is open till noon on Thanksgiving Day. May through September is the peak tourist season while October through April is the lean season.
Nearby Attractions : Four Corners Monument, Chaco Culture National Historical Park, Wheatfields Lake, Antelope Canyon National Park, Navajo Museum.
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