Monument Valley is one of those very special places, not only for its natural beauty, but for the spiritual feelings it invokes in many people. We are included in that group.
The last time we visited Monument Valley, we drove the 17-mile road on our own. While it was a beautiful trip, it was not wise of us to take that road on our own, since we were not familiar with it, and it was a TERRIBLE road. We decided if we ever visited again, we would invest in a tour with a native guide. After extensive research and reading many TA reviews, we decided on Majestic Monument Valley Tours, a relatively new, family-owned business. The reviews, and the owners’ responses, seemed to me to indicate they are trying really hard. Sometimes, it pays to go with your instincts, and in this instance, we couldn’t have been more spot on.
Our initial contacts with them were impressive in that they answered our inquiry with lightning speed and provided very complete details regarding the tour, the cost breakdown, exactly where to meet the guide, and they expressed their gratitude to us for choosing their company.
Precisely on time, our guide, Quanah, arrived at exactly where we were instructed to be. We had chosen a private tour in an enclosed vehicle and were led to a newer model SUV, which was clean and comfortable. Quanah had noted that we were particularly interested in photography, as is he, and during the duration of our tour, he took us to many precise spots to guarantee great photos, pointing out many of his favorite photo ops.
Quanah was a delightful and knowledgeable young man who spoke often and lovingly of his family, which gave the trip a very personal feeling. He took us to spots that he had enjoyed as a youngster and told us many Navajo stories involving the monuments we were seeing.
He was concerned for our comfort, as the poor boy was stuck with us senior citizens. But at the same time, he challenged us to push on to see some of the more private areas of his home, always enchanting us with stories of his family and his love for the area.
Quanah was an excellent driver, and we never felt apprehensive or in danger, even though that road would be a challenge to the best off-roader. Up ridiculous inclines and down crazy descents we went, stopping at such places as Ear of the Wind, Sun’s Eye, and, especially intriguing to us, The Big Hogan, where Quanah serenaded us with his Native American Flute. He told us that flute is particularly haunting in places with the acoustics such as The Big Hogan has. It was amazing, and I have since thought that I was so inspired by it that we didn’t fully express our appreciation of it. So thank you Quanah! It was awesome! (I hate how that word is over-used, but here it is appropriate.)
Quanah also took us to a Hogan to see a native woman weaving. That, too, felt like a special place. (And by now Quanah was beginning to feel like a son!)
Too soon, we were heading back up that “road” (loosely speaking), and our tour was over. Ah, but the memories will last a lifetime. Not only were we privileged to tour the magnificent Monument Valley, but we were doubly privileged to do it with a company like Majestic Monument Valley Tours and our guide, Quanah, whom we feel so blessed to have spent a very special morning with.