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Monument Valley on Arizona-Utah Border

Monument Valley

A picture of the Monument Valley at Arizona, United States

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.

Monument Valley Location Map

Monument Valley Video

Facts about Monument Valley

  • 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 .

Where is Monument Valley ?

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 Hours

Days Time
May 1 – Sep 30 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. (7 Days a week )
Oct 1 – April 30 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.(7 Days a week )
New years Day, Christmas Day closed

More about Monument Valley

Nearby Attractions : Four Corners Monument, Chaco Culture National Historical Park, Wheatfields Lake, Antelope Canyon National Park, Navajo Museum.

Published On: Wednesday, May 8th, 2013