DescriptionReached via scenic US 163, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park is a colorful region covering several thousand square miles within the Navajo Nation Reservation. The park contains Mystery Valley, where isolated monoliths of red sandstone tower as much as 1,000 feet above the valley floor.
The visitor center, 4 miles southeast of US 163, provides information about self-guiding tours. Guided tours from the center are offered daily; picnicking is permitted.
Horseback and four-wheel-drive trips through the vicinity can be arranged through agencies in Arizona at Kayenta and in Utah at Bluff, Mexican Hat and Monument Valley. Overnight accommodations also are available in Kayenta, Mexican Hat and Monument Valley; reservations are recommended.
Visitors should not photograph the Navajo people, their homes or their possessions without asking permission; a gratuity is usually requested. Other restrictions apply. For more information contact Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, P.O. Box 360289, Monument Valley, UT 84536.
The park is open daily 6 a.m.-8 p.m., Apr.-Sept.; 8-5, rest of year (weather permitting). Closed Jan. 1, Thanksgiving (at noon) and Christmas. Last admission 30 minutes before closing. Recreational vehicles more than 25 feet long and motorcycles are not permitted on the self-guiding tour. A 4-day pass is $20 (per vehicle with 1-4 people; $6 each additional person); $10 (per person on foot, bicycle or motorcycle). Phone (435) 727-5870.
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GEM DescriptionSelf-guiding tours of this park, which is entirely within the Navajo Indian Reservation, provide insights into tribal culture; tours on horseback or in four-wheel-drive vehicles are available.