Monument Valley Travel Tips

Take a journey into your favorite western film, to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. Monument Valley is located on the Arizona/Utah border and is one scenic Southwest road trip that is worth the drive. The beauty of the red rock creations of spires and buttes jutting out of the barren desert landscape is unlike anything else.

In this post, I’ll share our best travel tips of what to see and where to stay, to hopefully inspire you to find yourself, some day soon, grazing these roads…

What to see

Forrest Gump Point

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You may recognize this iconic road from the movie Forrest Gump, when Forrest just stopped….running. He narrates, “Mama always said, ‘Put the past behind you before you can move on.” If ever there was a road to carry you on your journey, it is this. Long, meandering and disappearing into the horizon…Make sure to pull over and take your picture. You can view the scene from Forrest Gump here.

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The Monument Valley Drive is a 17 mile loop that takes you through the valley. General Admission for the drive is $20 per car up to 4 people, and it includes a road map, highlighting the 11 different formations you will see while on the drive. To truly appreciate the journey, plan on spending at least 2-4 hours driving, stopping and photographing the loop. If you would like a deeper experience into the valley, you can hire a guide to take you through.

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John Ford’s Point

This is another iconic spot for photos along the Monument Valley Drive. Pictured in John Ford’s movie, Stagecoach, starring John Wayne, this spot gives you an epic and dreamy view of the valley. For $5, you can pay a man to pose for a picture with his horse, Spirit, at the edge of the point. Of course, I needed to do this, and it was the best $5 I’ve ever spent.

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Monument Valley - Tips on What to See and Where to Stay

Where to Stay

The View Hotel + Cabins

The View Hotel is the hotel in Monument Valley. After reading good reviews on Trip Advisor, we decided to book a two night stay in one of their cabins. The cabin we stayed in was perfect. It was new, secluded, CLEAN and had the most stunning views of Merrick Butte from our room! Scroll down to see some of the star and sunrise shots we captured from our porch!

I HIGHLY recommend staying in the cabins over the hotel rooms for a more enjoyable stay. They are the exact same price, and at around $110 a night, this makes for one very affordable and highly enjoyable stay!  You can book your cabin stay here!

There is a decent restaurant at the hotel, and to be honest, unless you want to drive into town, it is one of your only options. However, the food is pretty good, but let’s be honest, you don’t go to Monument Valley for the food!

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A trip to Monument Valley won’t cost you much time or money. It is truly a place to explore and find peace, presence and spirit in. I hope you found these tips for your stay here helpful! Let me know in the comments below! As always, thanks for reading! xo, Kate

Thanks to Paige Denim for the clothes! #LIVEINIT






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