Your adventure into the stunning Utah landscape begins on the outskirts of the tiny town of Mexican Hat. From here, we’ll cruise across the rust-red land and crest the rise where Forrest Gump’s long run finally came to an end in the famous Tom Hanks film. From here, you’ll get your first really good look at the wonders that await.
Then it’s on to Monument Valley itself. Along the way, we’ll get acquainted with the park and what makes it different from any national park you might’ve visited.
After we pass the visitor center, we’ll turn back the clock a whopping 200 million years to see how these unique formations came to be in the first place. Believe it or not, this whole valley was once a seabed!
Then we’ll jump forward and learn about the mysterious Anasazi tribe, the first people who ever lived in this harsh place. They left behind ancient, advanced dwellings among the cliffs, which have been abandoned even before the Spanish arrived here. We’ll also hear about the Navajo, of course! This is their valley, after all, and the tribe has a long history here.
Next, we’ll come to Wildcat Trail, the only self-guided trail in the park. From here, you can hike through some of the coolest sights the valley has to offer--as long as you bring enough water, that is!
After that, we’ll see the towering formations of East Mitten Butte, West Mitten Butte, and Merrick Butte. While there, we’ll dive into the fascinating story of a silver prospector who tried to steal from this Navajo land. You can probably guess how that went for him.
Our drive continues to John Ford Point, a gorgeous viewpoint named for the famous Western director John Ford. Along the way, we’ll dig into the countless Hollywood hits that have been filmed here over the years, from The Searchers to 2001: A Space Odyssey.
We’ll visit the Three Sisters next. These monoliths loom 1,000 feet over the landscape and seem to defy gravity itself. But don’t worry, we’ll explain how they formed. Plus, we’ll give you some insights into the Navajo families who still live in this valley with no running water or electricity.
On our way through the jaw-dropping scenery, we’ll learn more about the long history of the Navajo, from the dramatic tale of Navajo code talkers in World War II to the tribe’s modern presence in the country. At North Window Overlook, we’ll point out the perfect spot to catch a sunrise. Finally, we’ll end up near Camel Butte and Elephant Butte, where our tour will conclude
• Self-guided tour taken via the Action Tour Guide app
• Unique password (sent by email) for access to Action Tour Guide app
• Live GPS map on your phone
• Audio narration
• Written text explanations
• Route from stop to stop
• List of stops along route
• Food or drinks
• Entry to paid attractions
• Vehicle rentals
Within 30 minutes, you’ll get an email from Action Tour Guide with two things: a unique password and a link to the Action Tour Guide app. Download the app, enter the password and download the tour. If you don’t get the email within 30 minutes, please check your spam folder.
When you arrive, go to the Monument Valley View to start the tour. Stick to the tour route and speed limit for an optimal experience.
This isn't an entrance ticket. Please check COVID rules and opening hours before your visit.
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