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ashbourne, United Kingdom
June 29, 2013
From journal Arriving in Arizona
Blackburn, England, United Kingdom
June 22, 2012
From journal American Road Trip Part One
by LA guy
Los Angeles, California
September 7, 2005
The scenery on the way to Monument Valley is one of solitary desert beauty, which was even more accentuated by the strong midday sun. But gradually, our surroundings started to transform. As we traveled farther north, we noted more of the "butts" raised out of Earth along each side the road. This is when we knew we were getting close. Then, as we drove past a small hill, we finally saw in the distance those huge pillars of red rock we used to only see on television and postcards! We were barely able to contain our excitement. We wanted to plow our way into the valley, but our empty stomachs opted for us to first take a detour to Goulding's Lodge for lunch.
Goulding's Lodge is a restaurant and hotel complex located next to the entrance to MV. At first, we thought it was just another hotel/restaurant. Turns out, it’s built underneath a huge chunk of "butt" and also contained a gift shop and a museum (with artifacts from past Western movies filmed in the area). Having discovered this unexpected attraction, we took some time exploring all this lodge has to offer. But the most memorable was the incredible view towards the valley from the window seat we had while we enjoyed our meals.
As we finished our lunch stop, we couldn't contain our excitement anymore and drove straight towards the valley. After paying the reasonable entrance fee of $5, the road took us to the visitor center. It contains another restaurant and an even bigger gift shop, although prices are also more inflated here than at Gouldings Lodge.
After a brief visit to the visitor center, we embarked on the approximately 15-mile "loop" inside the valley, a dirt road passable by ordinary vehicles, but not without some challenging spots. The loop itself is very interesting, but there were also plenty of stops along the way to view the incredible rock formations surrounding us. From our visitor’s guide, we learned the name of each rock, which in turn inspired our imagination to think of why they were named as such. We took time to stop at each stop and found out that some of the stops even had vendors selling Indian jewelry on the spot. But, of all the viewing areas, the best stop was definitely the last one, the "artists point," where all the rock formations seemingly are lined up in a perfectly harmonious balance, a picture-perfect spot. This is where we clicked our cameras away.
The loop took us 3 hours to finish, but it seemed much less, as we were so engrossed in the scenery. You will definitely not regret it if you embark on this adventure.
From journal Sedona to Monument Valley to Grand Canyon
September 3, 2003
From journal Grand Canyon--when to go!
Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
October 14, 2011
From journal Monumental Moments
Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
December 11, 2010
From journal Going to Utah, Longbeach and Portland
by Gwilym Owen
November 6, 2002
You can see the vast sweep of this stunning valley from the comfort of your vehicle as you drive by the towering formations, this is a perfectly good way to view Monument Valley if time is pressing, especially if shortly before a sunset which here is truly a wonder to behold.
There are lots of activities open to you so that you can better appreciate this incredible place. For $3, the easiest way is to simply drive into the park along the self-guided marked valley road which runs unpaved for 17 miles and allows you to drive amongst some of the most celebrated formations such as the Totem Pole, an amazingly thin spire which rises 470 feet high. Please note that no off-road hiking is allowed unless you have a tour guide with you.
Some of the remote areas are only accessible with a Navajo guide, who can be booked in the Tribal Park visitor centre. Jeep and horseback riding tours start at around $30 and can last from 1 ½ hours to all day--though not necessarily during the winter. These can take you past specific rock formations, petroglyphs and to traditional Navajo hogans (houses). Options include sunrise and sunset tours, overnight camping, photography tours, and cookouts.
Nearest accommodation and services include the Mitten View Campground in the Tribal Park and Goulding’s Lodge just inside the Utah border which is the only hotel nearby. Goulding’s also has a Museum documenting the films that have been made at Monument Valley, and a Trading Post in ‘20s style with a store, petrol station, and tour booking. Kayenta to the south also has several motel chain outlets such as a Holiday Inn and Best Western, etc., as well as petrol stations and stores.
From journal The Grand Canyon
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
July 7, 2002
We were very lucky in having an outstanding local Navajo guide drive us through Mystery Valley in the morning (and make us lunch) then take us into Monument Valley in the afternoon.
Scenery totally out of this world, the chance to see the Navajo farms and dwellings, to meet and chat to them as well made an excellent day - well what word means better than excellent? That is how good it was!
From journal Sedona and wider in Arizona
October 25, 2000
From journal Kayenta, Arizona and Monument Valley