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Monument Valley on the west coast of the United States

One of the great landscape enclaves that you can visit in your trip along the west coast of the United States it is without a doubt, Monument Valley.

Located right on the border between the states of Arizona and Utah, is somewhat away from the most popular routes among tourists who travel the interior area of ​​the west coast, such as the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas.

But if you have enough time on your trip, I assure you that you will not regret including the Monument Valley on your route, just as it happened to us on our trip.


Highway near Monument Valley in Arizona

Indeed, on our trip along the west coast we went with a somewhat open route plan, because we always like to leave a space for improvisations and if they arise unforeseen.

This allowed us to include on the fly toMonument Valley, when we initially did not plan to visit this great and mythical natural space, and it was certainly one of the most amazing places we saw.

All information in detail

  • Curiosities of the Monument Valley
  • ORGANIZE YOUR TRIP
  • What to see in Monument Valley
  • Hours to visit Monument Valley
  • Where to sleep in Monument Valley
  • How to get to Monument Valley
  • USEFUL SERVICES for your TRIP

Curiosities of the Monument Valley

Looking forward to your visit, it will be interesting to know some curiosities about this park in the western United States.

Monument Valley and the Navajo Indians

At the outset you should know that theMonument Valley it is not listed as a national park of the United States, but asTribal Park of the Navajo Indian Nation.

Landscapes of the Monument Valley on the west coast of the United States

It is on the border between the states of Utah and Arizona, and has an extension of 372,000 square kilometers.

It is known among Navajo Indians As theValley of the Rocksbut it is not a valley, but a large plateau that, in addition, is aheight of 1,700 meters above sea level.

How the Valley Monument was formed

In its origins, about 50 million years ago, in the area there was a large plateau crossed by the Colorado River.

Throughout the ages, and by the erosion of the waters, this plateau was sinking so that, at present, what we see are aboutlarge mountainous pinnacles up to 300 meters high,

These rocky plateaus are the ones that make up the landscape that impresses so much for its grandeur and the most famous are those known as Mittens and Merrick butte.


Landscapes of the Monument Valley on the west coast of the United States

Located in front of the viewpoint of Visitors Center, are the icons by which the Monument Valley is known worldwide thanks in large part to Western films.

The passage of the clouds and the play of light and shadow configure different scenes of great beauty that can be seen from the aforementioned viewpoint of the Monument Valley.

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What to see in Monument Valley

Forget to Monument Valley from the Grand Canyon, that is, by Arizona, you must climb north on the route 163 and you will find access to this natural park as soon as you enter the State of Utah.

The narrow road will take you directly to the entrance of it, where you will find the ticket offices.


Landscapes of the Monument Valley on the west coast of the United States

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He Monument Valley ticket price It's $ 20 for a car that seats four people, and $ 6 for an additional person.

Individual admission per person if you go by motorcycle or bicycle is 10 dollars.

You immediately arrive at Visitors Center, a building where the The View Hotel.

In this place you have saidlookout from where you can enjoy the most famouspanoramic views of the Monument Valley. and also check that the most famous scenes of the movie Fort apache from John ford they rolled just in front of the viewpoint.

Times to visit Monument Valley

The Monument Valley visiting hours they are, from April to September, from 6 in the morning until 8 in the afternoon; from October to March, from 8 in the morning to 5 in the afternoon.


Viewpoint Hotel Viewpoint in Monument Valley @Salvador Samaranch

When planning your trip, it is advisable to arrive in the afternoon to have time to enjoy the sunset in the Monument Valley,

In this way the next day, if you get up early, you will have the opportunity to see the landscapes with the light of dawn.

Although you are in a very arid area, the temperature is not too high, even during the day in the summer months, as it usually does not exceed 32 degrees.

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This is due to the high altitude above sea level where the Monument Valley, the aforementioned 1,700 meters.

In fact, in winter, during the day the temperature may not exceed 5 degrees and it often snows.


Landscapes of the Monument Valley on the west coast of the United States

Once you have enjoyed the views from the viewpoint, there is the possibility of take a tour with your car on the Monument Valley Plateau.

For this there is a dirt road, by the way, in quite bad condition, so the average speed is very low.

There are several several optional routes, but a minimum route would be one hour, although the entire route can be extended to three hours.

On this excursion you can drive along the main mountains, such as the massif Mitchell, 365 meters high on the plateau.


Landscapes of the Monument Valley on the west coast of the United States

What excursions to do in Monument Valley

To do this tour there is a wide range of guided tours of the Monument Valley, in most cases performed by Navajo Indian natives.

There is also the possibility of hiring excursions to visit the Monument Valley two days long from Las Vegas or Salt Lake.

Where to sleep in Monument Valley

Here you have hotel information forsleep near the Monument Valley.

I advance that in addition to the aforementioned The View Hotel, you'll findmotels in Kayenta, in Arizona, and in Mexican Hatin Utah.

Without a doubt, Monument Valley is one of the most recommended visits on a trip along the west coast of the United States.

Monument Valley entrance

More information about Monument Valley

- Official website of the Parks Department of the Navajos Nation

How to get to Monument Valley

The park Monument Valley It is located northeast of the Grand Canyon of the Colorado, on the border between the states of Arizona and Utah, and its entrance is 13 kilometers after entering Utah.


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