Monument Valley

ARE YOU INTRIGUED BY NAVAJO INDIAN CULTURE AND LOVE FASCINATING EARTH FORMATIONS? PUT MONUMENT VALLEY ON YOUR LIST AND VISIT ONE OF THE GRANDEST – AND MOST PHOTOGRAPHED – LANDMARKS IN THE UNITED STATES. THE OTHERWORLDLY GEOLOGICAL FORMATIONS ARE PICTURE-WORTHY FROM EVERY ANGLE.

Visit this breathtaking ancestral home of the Navajo people who still reside here as part of the Navajo Nation, the largest Native American reservation in the United States.

Monument Valley certainly has had its 15 minutes of fame – and then some. It has been a favorite shooting location for Hollywood filmmakers since the early days of the frontier genre – starting with Stagecoach, in which John Wayne rode horseback across the iconic backdrop.

This area is a geological wonder. Monument Valley was once a simple flat basin. Over millions of years, layers of sediment piled onto the basin, which was eventually uplifted by pressure from below. Then wind and water slowly eroded the plateau, leaving Cutler Red siltstone and its sand behind, forming the wondrous buttes and spires we enjoy today.

You’ll find information on self-guided tours, a restaurant with native Navajo cuisine and a gift shop at the visitor center near Kayenta. Guided jeep tours led by Navajo tour operators will give you the best view available of some of the most notable landmarks in Monument Valley. Make the most of your adventure by stopping along the roadside to discover Native vendors selling arts, crafts, Navajo food and souvenirs.

 

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For Visitor information

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park | Kayenta, AZ | (435) 727-5870 | www.navajonationparks.org/htm/monumentvalley.htm

County It all started How High? Head Count
Navajo 1923 5,564ft 154

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