For those who have been to both Monument valley and Sedona, if you could only choose one place to visit, which one would you choose?
What is the rest of your itinerary? They are located 4+ hours apart. I would recommend both!! Here we did an itinerary where we went to Sedona:
Here we did an itinerary where we went to Monument Valley:
Both were unique and extremely enjoyable vacations. You need to provide your arrival and departure airports, plus your dates of travel so a vacation plan can be suggested to you.
Welcome to the forum. These are two completely different places in literally every aspect and actually hard to compare. Personally, I'm not a big fan of Sedona so I would go to Monument Valley. But both have their plusses. I, too, would look at your overall itinerary and make some of the decision based on which is a better fit into your flow.
Sedona is a very well developed resort community with significant hotel and restaurant infrastructure. Monument Valley is in the middle of nowhere with virtually no infrastructure save two decent hotels with internal restaurants. But the solitude and beauty of the monuments at sunrise and sunset is unparalleled.
Completely agree with Tumbleweedand Cactus.... so different... and I would make the same choice. But, only you can decide what fits with your travel plans and what you enjoy. Study some maps and look at some photos before you decide. We included Monument Valley on a trip through Utah and were very glad we added it.
Have a great trip.
Yes, completely different places that really aren't comparable.
Sedona is a resort town with over 10,000 people living there. Sedona has hiking trails, yoga retreats, etc. I've heard experts say that one should spend about three nights there. I haven't been there in years, so I'm sure it's changed significantly as much of the western U.S. rapidly has.
Monument Valley is a small Navajo Tribal park in the middle of the desert. Outside of the hotel, there isn't infrastructure. Even the back country tour is on dirt roads. It's a place you could get away with spending one night and feel like it was a good amount of time. But it offers that one iconic scene of the American West. If conditions are right, your sunrise or sunset photos could be the best of your vacation.
Tumbleweed hit the nail on the head. Sedona is a “Resort” community. A community backdropped with beautiful red rock. Nothing wrong with that if that’s your thing. For me, the beauty of Monument Valley is absolutely jaw dropping. The sunrise and sunsets are unbelievable. The life style and story of the Navajo just adds to the experience. There are “resorts” all over the country. There is only one MV.
It depends on how much time you want to spend imo. If you are looking at one day or overnight then monument valley would be better as you could see it in that amount of time. Whereas one day or overnight in Sedona is not enough time. You’d want two or three days at least.
Personally I like them both for different reasons and would be glad to visit each of them again.
Where else are you going in your 5 days? As noted, Monument Valley is a one night/ full day destination. Sedona could easily fill your entire week.
Both places have much to offer, but it’s unfair to try to compare the two, let alone choose one over the other.