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 UTC Points of Interest Major Monument Valley

History Navajo Indians Photo Gallery

Monument Valley (San Juan County) is south of the San Juan River and south and west of Mexican Hat. The valley extends into Arizona as a desert wilderness region of pinnacles, spires, geologic "mittens" and buttes. Monument Valley has been the setting for hundreds of commercials, dozens of movies, and print ads selling everything from herbal shampoo to designer fashions. The Navajo People continue to live among the red rock buttes and eroded pillars for which the valley is famous. Monument Valley is also sacred to the Navajo Nation or Diné as they refer to themselves. Any exploration of the valley beyond the scenic drive must be accompanied by a Navajo Guide. Guided custom and regularly scheduled excursions through the valley are available. From Bluff, Utah, Hwy 163 is a scenic journey to the Tribal Park Headquarters, where Navajo guided tours may be arranged.

The park is within the Navajo Indian Reservation near the town of Goulding. It was established in 1923 as a trading post.

Visitor Center Season / Hours - The visitor center is located one mile east of U.S. Highway 163 on the Utah-Arizona border.

Open year-round except Christmas Day
May - September, 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
October - April, 8:00 am to 5:00 PM

Rates & Fees
$2.50 ages 8-59
$1.00 ages 60 & older
Ages 7 & under free

Facilities - Guided tours are available by commercial guides around the area. Click here for a complete list.

A cafeteria is located in the visitor center. Groceries and gasoline are available in the nearby city of Goulding.

The visitor center has a gift shop and various exhibits of the Navajo culture. The visitor center is handicap accessible.

Lodging / Camping - Lodging is available 24 miles south of the park at Kayenta, AZ.

Mitten View Campground has 99 camp sites available for a fee of $10 per site, per night for up to 6 campers in the summer. Winter fees are $5.00 per site, per night. The campground is open year-round on a first-come, first-serve basis. Reservations are taken for group sites for $20.

During the summer, restrooms, coin-operated showers and a filling/dump station are available to campers.

Rules & Regulations

  • Campfires are permitted only at designated campsites and fire sites.
  • No open fires are permitted in the campground.
  • Firewood gathering is prohibited.
  • Permits are required for camping, hunting, and fishing
  • Hiking and backpacking require permits.
  • Backcountry camping and biking are not allowed in the park.
  • Please ask the Navajo for prior consent before photographing them or their property.

Mileage Chart

Mexican Hat, UT 22 Monticello, UT 99
Kayenta, AZ 24 Page, AZ 107
Goosenecks State Park 30 Lake Powell NRA 115
Navajo NM 48 Mesa Verde NP 140
Four Corners Monument 75 Flagstaff, AZ 175
Blanding, UT 73 Grand Canyon NP 177
Hovenweep NM 88    

Monument Valley Tribal Park
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
PO Box 360289
Monument Valley, UT 84536

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