Are you interested in planning a trip to the wild, wild, west? 

It doesn’t get any more west than Monument Valley; a park that lies within the Navajo Nation reservation and stretches across 92,000 acres in northern Arizona and southern Utah

Considered by some to be, “the definitive west,” find out why it is one of the most photographed places on earth and should be at the top of your to-do vacation list. 

What is Monument Valley?

Monument Valley, Utah on a beautiful sunny day with hues of red and orange seen in the dunes

It is a natural wonder with colorful swirls of mesas, buttes, and desert environment. Wind and weather sculpt the rock formations over time. And some of them reach up to an impressive 1,000 feet above the valley floor!

Different Ways to See it: 

Take a Guided Jeep Tour 

Since the valley drive can be tough to navigate for those who are in their own vehicles, many parts with particularly rough patches are off-limits to self-guided visitors. Take a jeep tour with experts who can lead you to hidden treasures off the beaten path, and teach you exciting tidbits along the way. 

Go Back in Time 

a brown horse sipping water from a puddle in the middle of the sunny dessert in Monument Valley, Utah

Join a horseback riding tour through the valley for a one of a kind experience. Imagine yourself on top of your horse, looking out into the desert the same way people did hundreds of years ago. During the tour, visitors learn about the National park and Navajo culture. Many groups even stop into the villages for a chance to buy authentic handmade crafts and souvenirs. 

Hike the Wildcat Trail 

Explore the self-guided 4-mile loop that offers some of the best views in the valley, including the famous buttes, Mitten and Merrick.

Lose Yourself in the Milky Way

starry night sky over the monument valley

Stay the night in a Native American “hogan” (home) or “teepee” and witness a night filled sky like no other before, especially if you grew up in the bustle of a busy city. Look up at every constellation in its place and crystal clear view. Marvel at everything and nothing all at once while counting your hopes and dreams on each star you see. 

Nearby Attractions

Look for the Mexican Hat 

Famous rock Mexican Hat near village of Mexican Hat near Monument Valley, Utah, USA at sunset

In Mexican Hat, Utah, there is a rock formation that resembles an upside-down sombrero. Can you spot it?

There is a local legend about a Mexican man who fell in love with a Native American woman. The problem is, she was already married to somebody else! When the husband found out, he turned the man upside down and cast him into stone.

Other Places to Check out 

Valley of The Gods, Goosenecks State Park, Trail of the Ancients Scenic Byway and Four Corners area

Are you ready to see Monument Valley in person? When you’re mapping out your vacation, be sure to head over to our sister site,, for help finding the best lodging rates in the area.