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“Beautiful landscape, but no information from our driver”

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
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“Beautiful landscape, but no information from our driver”
Reviewed October 22, 2007

We opted for one of the Jeep tours from the visitors centre.
I expected an informative guide that would explain the geology, the history of the Navajo nation. We didnt get any of that, in fact our guide didnt know much at all about local history or the area. Sure, we saw the wonderful formations and were taken to areas not open to normal cars, but I was still left a little disapointed and I would liked to have learned more. He did sing us a couple of songs, which were OK.
I was also disapponted to find out that prices have doubled in the last couple of years.
If you have a decent 4WD, then consider driving in yourself. You will see 80% of the sites we visited - just take your time as the road is more rugged than many expect.

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Burray Village, United Kingdom
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“A Unique Place: Monument Valley”
Reviewed September 17, 2007

Whilst researching Monument Valley I had read that visitors are hasseled to take tours with Navajo guides and buy Navajo goods. Both were available but there was no hasseling or pressure to buy anything. All the Navajo I met were really nice and friendly. There is an informative visitor centre which also contains a shop and restaurant upstairs. The food is simple and tastly but the real draw are the views from the windows. This has to be a contender for the world's best restaurant views.
There is a 17 mile self drive route over an unmade road. I was worried about this as I hav e severe spinal arthritis. However my partner is a very good driver and the road is only really bad at the beginning. I think it cost a few dollars to use the road. Words cannot describe the beauty and magnificence of the scenery. The colours of the rocks, the shadows cast by their contours and the shapes they made against the sky were all breath taking.
Please try and get there but take lots of water - it is very hot.

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Hampton, VA
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“See it on horseback”
Reviewed July 19, 2007

Seeing Monument Valley on horse back was awesome. It actually was the highlight of our 10 day vacation in Arizona. The visitor center didn't have much except a VERY overpriced gift shop. The loop drive was OK, but I think we would have been disappointed in the park if we didn't do horseback. We certainly wouldn't have driven out of our way to come here. However on horseback, we got to really see the sites and felt like we were real cowboys enjoying the old west! The entire family with a range of horseback experience enjoyed it. We booked through Roy Black Tours. The guides were good, but the organization was awful. We arrived per our reservation and met at the visitor center. There was no sign saying "Roy Black tours" or anything like that, so we didn't know where to go at the visitor center. There were a couple boothes in the parking lot that said "Horse back riding" so we asked one of them & that was it. She directed us to drive about 15-20 minutes into the loop and meet the trailer with horses. We found them no problem, but there was another couple there that had a reservation at 4 pm and were still waiting. We were there at 5:30 pm and they were told to wait for us. They didn't realize our reservation was so late. Plus, we were doing a 2 hour tour & they booked a 3 hour tour, so it wouldn't have worked anyway. Then, there weren't enough horses so we had to wait for those. There were enough for that couple, so I don't know why they didn't just take them & have us wait. In any case, we left at 6:30 which was an hour after our reservation & 2-1/2 hours after theirs. They ended up going with us & doing a shorter ride. Hopefully they'll be refunded the difference since we all had to pay in advance. Also, we did a sunset tour, but we didn't see a sunset. We were done before that and saw it when we were driving out. To leave we had to finish the loop drive which closes at 8 pm. We were leaving after that and got lost trying to leave. The gate to the visitor center is locked because it's after hours, but they have no sign for how to exit if you're stuck in the park. Overall, park wasn't very nice but the horseback ride was a great, memorable experience.

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Los Angeles, California
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“What a Place!”
Reviewed July 8, 2007

This place is in an "out of the way" location, but well worth the drive. The scenery is out of this world, just like being in a western movie. Of course it's hot in the summer time and the roads are dusty, but it's a small bit of discomfort to endure to see such a magnificent place. There is a nominal charge to drive down through the scenic valley, but being there and seeing this place is absolutely worth it. Be sure to bring your camera. The photos I took are among my favorites.

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Austin, Texas
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“Horseback in Monument Valley”
Reviewed June 7, 2007

You need a car to see many of the great vistas in Monument Valley. But horseback is the way to really experience this phenomenal place. My family booked a sunset ride with Black's Monument Valley Tour's and we had Shane as our guide. He was great. The 2 1/2 hour ride was a bit pricey but worth every penny. From the visitor’s center we drove about 20 minutes into the park on the unpaved road to meet our horses and guide. Our minivan maneuvered it just fine.

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