If you are in Monument Valley, taking the tour with a Navajo guide is truly a must. There are many tour organizers in operation, and judging from the raving reviews here on Tripadvisor it is less important which one you choose than to simply make sure that you go on this tour. I chose the Majestic Monument Valley Touring Co. because they were very quick in responding to my initial e-mail asking what they could offer regarding a private tour for a group of four on a specific date. I made a similar inquiry to #1 on the list, the Navajo Spirit Tours, but for some reason they never responded to my e-mail.
The Majestic Touring Co. is a family run operation – and all of the details regarding terms and conditions for a tour were agreed in my e-mail correspondence with the Holidays long before the visit. And regarding the actual tour I was not disappointed. Our guide was Ron who is very friendly and knowledgeable about the area and about the Navajo culture – and who has a particular interest in ancient Anasazi ruins of which many can be seen is the neighbouring Mystery Valley. Anasazi is the Navajo term for the Pueblo peoples of old, the ‘ancient ones’. One of the more significant ruins is the Square House – and the site with the most impressive petroglyphs is The House of Many Hands, both in Mystery Valley.
We took the full day tour which takes you through Monument Valley in the morning and to Mystery Valley after lunch. Both tours were scheduled to 3 to 3½ hours and both were carried out smoothly in such a way that we never felt there was any rush. Ron did not suggest to move on until he was sure we had seen what we wanted to see and were ready to go. The Monument Valley tour takes in all of the famous sights – including the natural arches in the back country The Sun’s Eye, The Ear of the Wind and The Big Hogan. For me, Monument Valley has been a dream since the first time many years ago that I saw the classic John Ford westerns filmed in this area, the best one of them being (imo) “The Searchers” from 1956. And we had a fantastic day.
The afternoon tour of Mystery Valley is also highly recommended. It takes you through a landscape which at first glance is less spectacular than the mittens, buttes and mezas of Monument Valley – but beautiful nevertheless. The rock formations in Mystery are lower and smoother and have the appearance in many places of vast and orange colored petrified sand dunes. The area has many beautiful natural arches, some with impressive one thousand years old Anasazi ruins. One of them is the so-called Honeymoon Arch where Ron showed us how to climb to the top and walk across the arch fifty feet or more above the ground. For someone like me – a 64-year-old in quite good shape – this was not easy, but there is a good grip in even the steeper sandstone rock, and I cannot say it was very difficult either. But fun – and a good challenge.
The touring vehicle with open air seating under a shady tarp cover was quite comfortable and Ron’s supplies of cold water were plentiful during the whole day.
All in all, this day in Monument Valley and Mystery Valley in my mind was among the very best during our 17 days tour of the US Southwest in July 2013. Monument Valley simply is out of this world.
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