The magnificent Monument Valley stretches to the northeast of Kayenta into Utah. At a base altitude of about 5,500 feet, the sprawling, arid expanse was once populated by Ancestral Puebloan people (more popularly known by the Navajo word Anasazi, which means both "ancient ones" and "ancient enemies") and in the last few centuries has been home to generations of Navajo farmers. The soaring red buttes, eroded mesas, deep canyons, and naturally sculpted rock formations of Monument Valley are easy to enjoy on a leisurely drive.
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Exhibits at the park visitor center display traditional clothing, tools and crafts. The restaurant features a variety of Navajo tribal foods.
Hire a Navajo guide to hear stories about local culture and traditions, and to see remote areas such as Ear of the Wind and Mystery Valley.
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This 3.2-mile loop is the park’s only trail you can hike without a guide. It circles West Mitten Butte, one of the area’s most famous rock formations.
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Every room at the Navajo-owned View Hotel features a balcony overlooking the park’s famous formations; you’ll see incredible sunrise and sunset vistas.
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The park’s 17-mile scenic drive passes red sandstone buttes and spires familiar from movies such as The Searchers, Stagecoach and Forrest Gump.
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History exhibits at Goulding’s Trading Post Museum include a Movie Room with a location map and posters and photos from films set in Monument Valley.
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