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“Monument Valley, a must see”

Monument Valley Navajo Park
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Owner description: Located on the Arizona-Utah border, this valley has sandstone formations that tower at heights of 400 to 1,000 feet, and more than 100 Anasazi ruins.
Canton, Michigan
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“Monument Valley, a must see”
Reviewed July 13, 2011

Went into the park and drove the 17 mile road (a lot of people drove regular cars, I would not recomend this) a wonderful sight. Also stayed at the View Hotel. All the rooms had a view of the valley, simply great. Make sure you get up for sunrise, well worth it.

Visited June 2011
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“Awesome Rock Formations”
Reviewed September 27, 2010

My wife and I just returned from a September visit to Colorado, having decided to take a swing into Utah to see John Ford's cowboy country in Monument Valley. We were blown away by the enormity and beauty of the place. We'd been to Sedona a couple of years ago and loved it there, but the rock formations here dwarf Sedona. But I must agree with others, this is a one day trip, unlike Sedona where you could spend a week hiking & enjoying the area.

We had tried to get a room at the View Hotel but were unsuccessful even though I started trying at least 2 months before our vacation. If you're thinking of going, book as early as possible. This was "off-season" but still filled up, mainly because every tour bus in the southwest seems to stop there for the night. We did have lunch there and the hotel does look as good as advertised. The views are incredible. We ended up at the Holiday Inn in Kayenta and I'd recommend it as a place to stay if you can't stay at the View.

We took one of the extended guided tours through the valley. It isn't cheap, something like $70 per person, but it was vacation and we felt worth the cost. You get a guide who can explain what you're seeing, can take you to areas that you can't get to on the self-drive road (and many of these were more outstanding than those on the standard route), and who won't get stuck in the red dirt that they call a road. I observed many self-driven vehicles driving the "road' with great difficulty, and considerable bouncing/jolting along the way.

The tours originate from a shack at the far end of the View parking lot. There are about a half dozen touring companies and they each take a turn in the shack, so if you want one in particular you may have to wait until their turn comes up. Warning: Credit Cards Not Accepted.

I've been to many of our Nnational Parks in the West and have to rank the "eye capturing awesomeness" of this place right alongside the Grand Canyon.

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La Habra
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“Amazingly Beautiful”
Reviewed May 28, 2010

Gorgeous natural beauty everywhere you look. We stayed at the View hotel which lived up to its name. We had a nicely appointed room, my husband especially loved the luxurious bath sheets. It is more expensive than a similar facility would be elsewhere, but you are paying for the view and we felt it was well worth it.
The View restaurant has mediocre food at best, and the staff seemed slightly disorganized, but it is the only place to eat unless you drive the 20 miles back to Kayenta which features mostly fast food. The best thing I can say about the restaurant is that prices were very reasonable
If you can afford it (about $60.00/person) take a guided tour of the valley. You will see places you cannot get to on your own and and save your car's suspension. There are quite a few companies offering tours. We booked with Monument Valley Tours and our guide Byron was great.

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New Providence, NJ
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“Monument Valley”
Reviewed April 25, 2010

Absolutely worth the trip to the northern edge of Arizona. The scenery is tremendous. We booked a tour wiht Sacred Monument Tours that was worth the money for the insight from a Navajo guide.

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“If only it could be run by the National Parks service”
Reviewed April 12, 2010

I visited Monument Valley in the last few weeks. Staying for a night at Gouldings lodge.
The valley wasn't as impressive as I'd imagined but the most disappointing part was how the entire area was managed by the Navajo.
As soon as we entered Navajo land the road-side litter increased massively, deserted homes/road side stalls, generally a run down place.
Considering this is Navajo land I was amazed at the mess they had made of it.
The 17 mile dirt road around the monument was in a terrible state, with the majority of signs missing and one of the worst maps given to us at the entrance booth.

If you have to time make sure you take the dirt road through the valley of the gods, about 20-30 miles north.

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