Q. Where is Monument Valley?
A. Monument Valley is located on the southern border of Utah with northern Arizona. The valley lies within the range of the Navajo Nation Reservation, and is accessible from U.S. Highway 163.
Q. What should I see when I visit Monument Valley?
A. The most scenic locations are within Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, a Navajo Nation equivalent to a national park. Monument Valley is part of the Grand Circle, which includes the Grand Canyon, Mesa Verde, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion Canyon National Park, Capitol Reef, Natural Bridges, Hovenweep, Arches National Monument, and many other attractions. The best way to start your visit to Monument Valley would be to take a tour. Guided tours of the park and Mystery Valley (a part of Monument Valley where visitors cannot go without a guide) are available for a fee.
Q. When is the best time to visit Monument Valley?
A. Monument Valley is accessible to visitors year round. Because of the location of the Valley the weather conditions range from cool in the winter to hot in the summer. The time of year to visit depends on what conditions most suit the visitor.
Q. Is biking allowed in the Valley?
A. Bicycling is permitted on the 17-mile loop road into the park, but travelers share the dusty dirt track with motor vehicles. The same holds true for U.S. 163, the paved highway that leads through Monument Valley. In theory, off-road biking is permitted with a guide, but this aspect of recreational tourism has yet to develop. Bottom line: Mountain-bike enthusiasts should head up to the near by slick-rock country of Moab, Utah.
Q. What are the Monument Valley Fees?
A. Monument Valley is a Navajo Tribal park and charges a fee of $5 per person (children 9 and under free) for access to the loop road through the valley. National Park passes will not be accepted. Additionally individuals wishing to hike in the valley or to visit sites not on the loop road must hire a Navajo guide for an additional fee.