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Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

Overview of Monument Valley

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Monument Valley is a Navajo Nation tribal park, straddling the border of northeastern Arizona and southeastern Utah of the Colorado Plateau. It preserves the Navajo way of life and some of the most striking and recognizable landscapes of sandstone buttes, mesas and spires in the entire Southwest. The area is entirely within the Navajo Indian Reservation near the small Indian town of Goulding, established in 1923 as a trading post, and now has a comprehensive range of visitor services. There is a hotel in the park called The View, there are also lodging available at the Goulding's Lodge and Trading Post by the entrance to park.

Lodging is available just outside the park at Kayenta, AZ, 22 miles south. (Rates, availability, traveler review and reservations online)

General Information

Rates & Fees

  • General Admission: $5.00
  • Ages 9 & under: Free

Seasons / Hours

  • Summer (May-Sept) 6:00am - 8:00pm
  • Winter (Oct - Apr) 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Thanksgiving Day 8:00am - noon
  • Christmas Day - closed

Park Scenic Drive Hours

  • Summer (May-Sept) 6:00am - 8:30pm
  • Winter (Oct - Apr) 8:00am - 4:30pm

Visitor Center

This visitor center is one mile east of U.S. highway 163 on the Arizona-Utah border. Hours of the visitor center are identical to those of the monument.

Where to stay

Lodging is available just outside the park at Kayenta, AZ, 22 miles south. (Rates, availability, traveler review and reservations online)

The View and The Goulding's Lodge and Trading Post also have rooms.

Things To Do in Monument Valley


Monument Valley DVD

  • Know what to see before you go
  • Incredible Picture & Sound Quality
  • Bonus: Navajo Cultural Traditions
  • Bonus: Monument Valley Place-names
  • Bonus: Flying Monument Valley
  • Goulding's early trading post information
  • 70 min. - plays worldwide, NTSC

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The visitor center has an extensive gift shop one of the largest in the southwest as well as various exhibits of the Navajo Nation, Navajo Code Talkers and the area's history. There is also a full service restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Guided Tours
Various tours of Monument Valley, including jeep and horseback, are available by commercial guides. Check at the visitor center for a list and for road conditions.

There is a cafeteria in the visitor center that serves drinks and meals. Gasoline and groceries are available outside the park in Goulding.

Both the visitor center and Mitten View Campground are equipped with handicap facilities.

Monument Valley Filmmaking and Myth
Another view of the Monument Valley

Rules & Regulations

It is the visitor's responsibility to know and obey park rules. Regulations are designed for visitors' protection and to protect natural resources.

  • Firewood gathering is prohibited.
  • Campfires are permitted only at designated campsites and fire sites.
  • No open fires are permitted in the campground.
  • Permits are required for camping, hunting, fishing or investigative projects.
  • The Navajo ask prior consent before photographing them or their property.
  • Commercial photography requires a permit from the Navajo Film and Media Commission. Contact:
Department of Broadcast Service
P.O. Box 2310
Window Rock, Arizona 86515
928.871.6655 or 6656

Monument Valley is administered by the Navajo Parks and Recreation Department, an agency of the Navajo Nation. For information write:

Navajo Parks and Recreation Department
928.871.6647 Fax : 928.871.6637

Postal address:
P.O. Box 2520
Window Rock, AZ 86515
Email :

Street address:
Bldg. 36A E. Hwy. 264 @ Route 12
Window Rock, AZ 86515

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