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Review of Monument Valley

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Aberdeen, Scotland, UK
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
20 helpful votes
Reviewed January 22, 2007

October 2006, drove from Flagstaf to Monument Valley, stayting at Goulding's Lodge. At no time were the views the same, due to changing light.

Drove into the valley to catch the sunrise, well worth the early rise. We were intending to do a baloon ride, but the wind picked up too much, so we had to cancel.

The formations were amazing and watching them change with the rising sun was a sight not to be mised. (take a good camera).

Drove into the valley with out Navajo guide, "Curly," man of few words, but a mind of information. To enter centre area's of the valley a local guide is required.

We would recommend this trip to anyone, but do try and make the early rise. Our photo's didn't do it justice.

Ian & Kathleen

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Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
54 helpful votes
“One of the most beautiful places on earth !!”
Reviewed January 21, 2006

We added Monument Valley as an afterthought to our Grand Canyon area trip. With so much to see in the area (Sunset Crater, Wupatiki, Sedona, Montezuma...other than GC itself), we did not know if we should pack a 3 hour trip (one-way) from GC itself. We sure are glad we did !!

Monument Valley's entrance is in Utah, though you actually travel through AZ highways all the way. We were lucky enough to reach by around 2.30 PM and catch the sunset around 5.00. Whie visitors can only take a 17 mile outer loop, a local Navajo guide can take you through the restricted inside areas. These include beautiful arches, slot-canyon-like features, apart from a visit to hogans - homes of the few native people who still live there. Since we went on a weekday on off peak season, we had the joy of solitude inside the valley. The setting sun and rising moon played a wonderful game of shadows among the beautiful red mesas and buttes. My wife thought it was the the most wonderful place she had been to !!

We went on a 2.5 hour guided tour with Richard Frank of Simpson's Trailhandler Tours - I will highly recommend him. I do not want to spoil someone's surprise by telling all the nice things he had in store for us, but suffice to say that without him the tip would not have been half as memorable.

Make sure you gas up in Cameron, Kayenta or Tuba City before you head to Monument Valley - distances can be quite long. Near Tuba City on your way to or from GC, there are two huge natural columns called Elephants Feet - they are right by the road and make an excellent 10 minute photo stop. And if you are interested in Navajo arts and crafts, do not go to one of the trading posts - they have huge mark-ups. Go to one of the roadside stalls where the locals sell their home made wares, or go to the Navajo Indian store (administered by the Navajo local government) in Cameron or Keyanta. We brought some lovely sand paintings for half of what the trading posts were charging us.

We stayed in the Best Western Weatherhill in Kayenta. It was only a one short night's stay, but service was less than what you'd expect. I would recommend Holiday Inn, or Gouldings', if you want to pay $50 more. For food, our guide had recommended trying out a locally available dish called Navajo Taco, which was delicious.

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