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Monument Valley - Arizona

Updated: Sep 9, 2021

Monument Valley a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1,000 ft above the valley floor. It is located on the ArizonaUtah border near the Four Corners area. The valley lies within the territory of the Navajo Nation Reservation and is accessible from U.S. Highway 163. Monument Valley has been featured in many forms of media since the 1930s. Director John Ford used the location for a number of his best-known films and thus, in the words of critic Keith Phipps, "its five square miles have defined what decades of moviegoers think of when they imagine the American West."

There is a visitor center which includes clean bathrooms, food, water, and a gift shop. The visitor center is at the entrance and you must use a vehicle through the valley to see the different sights.

The animals in Monument Valley are truly diverse. There are all kinds of diversity of life including mammals such as mountain lions, jackrabbits and coyotes, reptiles such as lizards and iguanas, and there are birds such as the red-tail hawk and tree sparrows.

Our experience: Visiting this location is like something out of a movie. A decent camera to include a cell phone camera will provide you with photographs worth framing. This is a must-see location for any outdoors person and we highly recommend a trip.

Park location and contact:

U.S. 163 Scenic

Oljato-Monument Valley, AZ 84536 Phone: (435) 727-5870

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