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Monument Valley Tribal Park - Arizona
What to do if you have little time : car ride in the park
Monument Valley is not a National Park but a Tribal Park. This means that the a fee is required before entrance and the pass "America the Beautiful" cannot be used here.
Warning : there is a time difference of 1h between the park and the rest of the State. Keep this in mind, especially the evening, because the park closes (barrier, chain et padlock) at a specific time. With the jetlag you could be surprised and remain locked in the park for the night !
Drive in Monument Valley
20$ / vehicle
The easiest way to visit Monument Valley is to take your car and use the track leading to the different viewpoints. It costs no extra once paid the park entrance. Do not miss the John Ford's Point. Take care when driving, because the track is full of holes ! Take also care of the Navajos buses, that repect nor the speed limits, nor the rules of good conduct.
20$ par vehicle
Lo not miss the sunset from the Visitor Center. Be there 1 hour before sunset. But beware the park closes at 9 pm in summer. Watch your clock !
Tip : do not stay locked inside the park as this was our case in 2007. The gates are closed by lock and no other exit is possible.
Access : from Kayenta, drive North on US 163 for 22,2 miles. You'll be entered in Utah. Turn right on Monument Valley Road for 6 miles. You'll be back in Arizona and at your destination.
Horseride with indians
From 5 pm to noon the day after
70$ in 2007
There is another mean to discover Monument Valley from inside : horseride. The ride, a few hours long (one way), is with Navajo Guides and you will sleep with them under the stars right ini Monument Valley. If you have never ride a horse, think twice before venturing in this kind of journey. The ride is indeed long and is done in walk, trot and canter. Thereore you will live a memorable experience.
There is an alternative to orse : 4 WD. For a good amount of dollars, Navajo guides will drive you in the heart of Monument Valley.
To see around
There are not a lot of lodgings around Monument Valley. Toward Kayenta, you'll find more hotels. We have tested :
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