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Monument Valley is a must-do when in Arizona, well worth taking a full-day tour to experience its famous natural beauty. Starting from Sedona or Flagstaff, drive north towards the Utah border, traveling through the San Francisco Volcanic field and the vast Navajo Nation. See traditional Navajo homes, an authentic trading post and learn about Navajo culture as you travel on reservation lands. Take in the towering red sandstone buttes of Monument Valley while taking the 17-mile drive through the heart of the valley, and enjoy frequent stops for photo ops.

Highlights

  • Full-day tour to Monument Valley, from Sedona or Flagstaff
  • Drive through the lands of the Navajo Nation and learn about Navajo culture and history
  • Marvel at Monument Valley's spectacular sandstone buttes at close range while driving through the valley
  • Learn about the region's history, wildlife and geography from your knowledgeable guide
  • Includes complimentary bottled water, transportation, and hotel pickup and drop-off

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What You Can Expect

Monument Valley and Navajo Indian Reservation

Monument Valley and Navajo Indian Reservation

After hotel pickup in Sedona or Flagstaff, relax in your comfortable climate-controlled van for the scenic drive to Monument Valley, which takes approximately three hours from Flagstaff. Along the way, your guide shares informative commentary about the geology, wildlife and history of the American Southwest, and points out landmarks that you pass.

Take in the sights as you travel through the San Francisco Volcanic field, Cameron Trading Post and the vast expanse of the Navajo Nation with the Painted Desert in the distance. When you arrive at Monument Valley, located on the Utah border and part of the Colorado Plateau, admire your first views of the otherworldly landscape. Stop for lunch (own expense) at a restaurant with views and choose from a menu of Navajo and classic American dishes.

After lunch, set out to see more of Monument Valley, known for the red sandstone buttes that tower up to 1,000 feet (304 meters) above ground level, with many basins, rock formations and cactus in between. Your guide takes you on the 17-mile drive to get closer to the soaring buttes and admire different perspectives on the stunning red-rock landscape.

As your tour the area, your guide provides insight into Navajo culture and traditions, along with the geography and natural history of the region. Keep your camera handy for endless photo ops of the breathtaking landscape, with your guide there to steer you to best vantage points. Various Hollywood directors have been inspired to film movies here, including several Westerns starring John Wayne.

At the end of a memorable tour to Monument Valley, your guide returns you to your hotel in the early evening.

Customer Reviews

Joanne N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Sheldon did an amazing job of educating us on every aspect of Navajo culture and geology and history/culture. The monuments are incredible. You will be in total awe. Our lunch stop enabled us to enjoy Navajo cuisine which was plentiful and delicious. It was a very long day but definitely worth it!

Maureen M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Awesome, your guide was terrific

PETER B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our tour of monument valley was the best day of the trip. From minute one we knew this was going to be a fantastic day tour of monument valley. Our guide, James, was punctual, knowledgeable,informative and wonderful company throughout a very hot and tiring day. The breadth of information he imparted about the local Indian tribes and customs, the geography and geology of the region, the history of the national parks and monuments movement , etc...etc....was incomparable with any other trip I have been on and not for one minute did I want him to stop. His knowledge of the 18 mile route through monument valley itself was crucial to the success of the trip and here he again excelled himself. James managed to work around all the other loud and dusty local tour groups to find peaceful havens with stunning views from point after vantage point until I thought my camera was going to go on strike. Mix this in with a super get to know your fellow troopers lunch stop and a comfortable air conditioned bus and this was the recipe for the best day of my holiday and one I will definitely not forget.

Daniela C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Loved it! The guide Sheldon was somthing and Monument Valley is a place that you cant miss in your life!

Peter C Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

This was an excellent tour and it was just like the pictures I had seen only larger. Very tasty lunch at the café there and our guide was very informative and knowledgeable. Absolute lived up to my expectations and more.

Lucas S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Really good, I loved MV. It's impressive and the tour by viator is really good.

Amber H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Amazing tour guide - so informative and passionate! Spent so much time at the valley and drove the 17 mile off-road track through it. Took stunning photos! Lunch was good too with a great view of the valley. Was picked up right on time in Flagstaff in an air conditioned minibus of 8 people.

Frank W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Our driver, Cory, was incredible! He gave information on anything we saw on the tour, from animals, vegetation, history, Native American culture, weather, jewelry, and anything else. Not only intelligent, he was pleasant and good-natured. It was the best day of our vacation.

Andy F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

Fantastic scenery, great guide

Patricia A P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Long day, but would of not missed it. The scenery was wonderful. Ourguide was very informative, learn a lot of interesting facts

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