Monument Valley is an amazing experience, and straddles both Arizona and Utah. For fans of western movies Monument Valley is the Old West. Many tours and types of tours are available, suitable to a variety of tastes. We opted for a 5-hour private tour through Monument Valley Safari Tours, which included both Monument Valley and adjacent Mystery Valley. Just the two of us in a jeep with a knowledgeable Navaho guide, Duffy. We first went to see the sunrise of one of the most beautiful areas in the valley. The road in some parts of the Valley is difficult to navigate and off road. The average vehicle or driver would not be able to get their especially in the dark before sunrise. The spot and view were incredible and there were no crowds of people with cameras trying to capture the same moment. It was spectacular!
The rest of tour was amazing too. Duffy took us to a Navajo Hogan (a dome-shaped, 1-room structure of wood, stones and mud, surprisingly cool in the hot summer) and to some interesting Anasazi ruins in Mystery Valley. Other tour operators drove past us by along the road, and did not stop as we did, to discuss the significance of each spot. Duffy took his time and was patient with us as I was a bit afraid of climbing high up on the mesas to see the ruins. He helped us every step of the way. The tour was suppose to be five hours, but he added an extra hour and a half, at no charge, to show us the special highlights of the area
Throughout our day, Duffy provided a lot of wit and history, and insights into Navajo life, and ended the tour by playing the traditional Navajo flute. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience with this tour group and will recommend it to our friends. The owner of the tour company, Nate was also extremely thoughtful and helpful with our arrangements.
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