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Monument Valley: 3-Hour Sunset Tour with Navajo Guide

1. Monument Valley: 3-Hour Sunset Tour with Navajo Guide

Enjoy this small-group tour of Monument Valley and discover the breathtaking monuments you’ve seen in photos and western movies. See the famous West and East Mitten Buttes, John Ford Point, the Three Sisters, Moccasin Arch, the Totem Pole and more. Travel by safari-style open-air vehicle or by an enclosed van in cold or hot weather. Your guide will share with you a lot of interesting facts about the Monument Valley. You will even visit the backcountry of the valley, that you can’t visit on your own. Learn many interesting facts about Navajo culture and visit a Navajo Hogan, a traditional Navajo home to watch a rug weaving demonstration and to enjoy a ceremonial musical performance by your guide.

Monument Valley: 2.5-Hour Tour with Backcountry Access

2. Monument Valley: 2.5-Hour Tour with Backcountry Access

See all the sights of Monument Valley on a 2.5-hour small group tour led by a local guide. Enjoy an exclusive visit to the valley’s backcountry, which is only accessible with a Navajo guide. Visit sandstone arches and famous monuments such as the 3 sisters, John Ford Point, Moccasin Arch, the Totem Pole, the Big Hogan, Sun’s Eye, North Window and Sleeping Dragon. Stop by West and East Mitten Buttes and capture the perfect picture of this iconic landmark. Marvel at spectacular panoramas. Admire natural structures that will leave you speechless. Immerse yourself in Navajo culture. Learn about the history of this incredible place. Visit a Navajo Hogan, a traditional Navajo home. Watch a rug weaving demonstration. Enjoy a ceremonial music performance performed by your guide.

Monument Valley: Scenic 2.5-Hour Guided Tour

3. Monument Valley: Scenic 2.5-Hour Guided Tour

Enter the backcountry of Monument Valley to visit the popular arches, dwellings, and petroglyphs made by the ancient Anasazi people. Stop first to admire the Sleeping Dragon with clouds above, followed by the Chief’s Head with its bonnet of feathers.  Moving on, explore the traditional dwelling of the Navajo people known as hogans. Admire the round, cone-shaped, and multi-sided structures. With or without internal posts, they were built with timber or stonewall and packed with earth or bark. For a summerhouse, the door faces east to welcome the rising sun for wealth and good fortune. Your guide will provide information and a short demonstration of the Navajo people and their lifestyles.  Save the best for last and marvel at an arch that replicates a traditional hogan with an eagle eye looking upon you. Take a panoramic view of the Eye of the Sun, a beautifully shaped eye with sun rays beaming through it. Last will be the Ear of the Wind, standing against a steep sand dune that, if you walk up to it, you're most likely to bring home Monument Valley's souvenir: sand in your shoes.

Monument Valley: 3.5 Hour Extended Tour & Backcountry Access

4. Monument Valley: 3.5 Hour Extended Tour & Backcountry Access

Treat yourself to a 3.5 hour tour of Monument Valley with plenty of time at each stop to take the perfect picture and enjoy the views. This tour is ideal for photographers and visitors who want extra time to explore and learn more about the area. In addition to main monuments such as Mitten View, Three Sisters, John Ford Point, Sleeping Dragon, Traditional Hogan, The Big Hogan, Moccasin Arch, Sun's Eye, Totem Pole, North Window, Artist Point, see the scenic Ear of the Wind arch and Anasazi Ruins. The views of the sights on this tour will leave you speechless. At the end of your tour, enjoy a musical performance from your guide and a visit to a Navajo Hogan, a traditional Navajo home, where you can learn a lot about the history of this incredible place.

Monument Valley: Scenic 1.5-Hour Tour

5. Monument Valley: Scenic 1.5-Hour Tour

Choose from a shared or private tour to explore Monument Valley from the comfort of an air-conditioned SUV with an expert local tour guide. Follow the scenic valley drive deep into the red sand desert for incredible views and look-out points. You'll make many stops along the way for chances to get some snaps and take in the scenery. After pickup at the View Hotel, you'll begin the 1.5-hour drive down switch-back dirt roads. The first short stop is at the Left & Right Mitten Butte, followed by a drive-by shot of Merrick Butte, and Elephant & Camel Butte. Stop at John Ford's Point, a beautiful spot named after the director who used this location to make many major western films. Drive over the beautiful landscape where many ancient natural medicines and remedies can be found. As the tour continues, see a 450-foot slim spiraled Totem Pole which stands before the Yeibichei Dancers kingdom. Finally, sail past The North Window, where you'll take in some of the best views of the day.

Monument Valley: 3-Hour Sunrise Tour with Navajo Guide

6. Monument Valley: 3-Hour Sunrise Tour with Navajo Guide

Make the most of your trip and experience an unforgettable visual spectacle that you will remember for the rest of your life. Upon arrival at Monument Valley, follow your guide to a nearby vantage point where the sun rises directly from the center of the iconic Totem Pole. Admire the sun as it rises across the vibrant landscape, and marvel as the combination of colors dance across the sky, changing the shape of famous rock formations and arches. After a breathtaking sunrise, enjoy a tour of the valley with plenty of stops along the way to take photos. See the famous West and East Mitten Buttes, John Ford Point, the Three Sisters, Moccasin Arch, the Totem Pole, The Big Hogan, Sun’s Eye, North Window, and Sleeping Dragon. Next, follow your guide into the restricted back country part of the valley that you can only visit in the company of a Navajo guide. Throughout the tour, listen to your guide share fascinating insight and anecdotes, and learn about Monument Valley and Navajo culture. Finally, visit a Navajo Hogan, a traditional Navajo home, to watch a rug weaving demonstration as well as a ceremonial musical performance.

Monument Valley and Mystery Valley Full-Day Tour

7. Monument Valley and Mystery Valley Full-Day Tour

Experience Monument Valley and Mystery Valley in one day with a local Navajo guide. Discover iconic monuments, learn about the history and traditions of Navajo Nation, see the Anasazi ruins, and enjoy plenty of photo opportunities. See famous monuments at the Monument Valley such as the Three Sisters, John Ford Point, Moccasin Arch, the Totem Pole, the Big Hogan, Sun’s Eye, North Window, and the Sleeping Dragon as well as the West and East Mitten Buttes. Additionally, enjoy an exclusive visit to the valley’s backcountry, which is only accessible with a Navajo guide. Continue to Mystery Valley, where you can learn a lot about generations of Navajo people and their culture. Visit a Navajo Hogan, a traditional Navajo home. Watch a rug weaving demonstration and enjoy a ceremonial music performance performed by your guide. Lastly, Explore the Anasazi ruins and the petroglyphs and be amazed by stunning 360-views of the area.

Las Vegas: Grand Canyon, Zion, & Monument Valley 3-Day Trip

8. Las Vegas: Grand Canyon, Zion, & Monument Valley 3-Day Trip

Immerse yourself in the wilds of Monument Valley, Bryce, Zion, Lake Powell, and The Grand Canyon South Rim on a 3-day adventure that brings you deep into the heart of this magical land. From Navajo-guided jeep tours to a bird's eye view over the Grand Canyon in a helicopter, it's a non-stop adventure! This tour has guaranteed departures. During your stay, visit Zion and Bryce National Parks and enjoy the photographic wonders of this white, pink, and red sandstone park. Here, enjoy a fun BBQ with friends around the campfire while your guide tells you stories of the history and legends of this sacred Navajo land. Along the way, stop at Monument Valley for a 4x4 Jeep journey and fly high over the Grand Canyon for some truly breathtaking images of the natural beauty of this land. Day 1: Zion and Bryce National Park(Meals: Lunch) Depart from Las Vegas and travel by mini-bus to Zion and Bryce. Cut by the Virgin River, Zion Canyon is an impressive mix of white, pink, and red Navajo sandstone cliffs. Ancient petrified sand dunes towering over 2,000 feet above the canyon floor make for an impressive landscape and a photographer’s paradise. Stroll around Zion National Park's enchanting walks and hikes—suitable for every fitness level. Walk around the Emerald Pools trail, enjoy the Temple of Sinawava, the Great White Throne, Weeping Rock, and visit the interpretive Human History museum where you can listen an entertaining rangers talk on the patio. After a full afternoon in Zion, head to Bryce Canyon, a giant natural amphitheater created by erosion, along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. Bryce is distinctive due to geological structures called hoodoos. These red, orange, and white spires provide spectacular views. The canyon is considered by many to be the most scenically diverse place in the world! Tuck into a BBQ and a fun evening around the campfire with your new friends. Then set up camp in a full-service campground with hot showers, a swimming pool, hot tub, and Wi-Fi. The lodging option is in Bryce Valley Inn or similar accommodation. Day 2 Monument Valley(Meals: Breakfast, Lunch) Wake up early and head past Lake Powell with an optional tour of Antelope Canyon. Later, head to Monument Valley for a 4x4 Jeep journey deep into the Navajo lands. Here, snap some photos of the most iconic Western landscapes. Then, camp along the rim of Monument Valley in another full-service campground with hot showers and Wi-Fi, casting your gaze up at the stars in the sky. Your lodging option is in the world-famous Historic Gouldings Lodge. Day 3 The Grand Canyon(Meals: Breakfast, Lunch) After a short visit to a traditional Navajo Trading Post, opt for an optional helicopter ride for a bird's eye view of the Grand Canyon. If this isn't for you, stroll along the rim or take a hike into the magnificent canyon. Listen to your guide's interesting details of this Natural Wonder of the World before enjoying plenty of time to relax and enjoy its beauty. Then, drive back to the bright lights of Las Vegas. Additional add-ons for this tour: Death Valley Day Tour (Friday and Sunday) Tour the heart of Death Valley National Park from Las Vegas, and visit the hottest, driest and lowest point in the Western Hemisphere. Enjoy an array of colors in an extreme desert environment. Wild West Ghost Town Explorer (Saturday)Spend a day in the Wild West exploring old ghost towns and ancient legends. Keep your eyes peeled for the poltergeist who still roams the streets, and soak up the atmosphere of a true western saloon before returning to Las Vegas.

From Las Vegas: 7 Southwest Parks in 3 Days

9. From Las Vegas: 7 Southwest Parks in 3 Days

Enjoy all the great nature in the Grand Circle trip from Las Vegas.  Discover the most popular must-see destinations in the Southwest, including the Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, and the Horseshoe Bend. Admire the scenic red rocks and vortexes of Sedona and watch the sunrise at Monument Valley and Bryce Canyon, the Grand Circle's two most spectacular sunrise spots. Day 1: Route 66, Sedona, & Grand Canyon National Park On the first day, visit the famous Route 66 town, Seligman, and explore Sedona’s natural beauty and feel the spiritual energy at vortexes. These power spots are thought to be swirling centers of energy that are conducive to healing and meditation. Leaving Sedona, head to the Grand Canyon, a must-see World Heritage Site. Witness the stunning sunset and majestic land. Day 2: Monument Valley, Antelope Canyon, & Horseshoe Bend On the second day, start by witnessing the spectacular sunrise over Monument Valley, the holy site for the Navajo tribe, located on the Arizona-Utah border. There will be a lot of photo opportunities. After exploring the valley on the guided jeep tour, visit the location of the movie "Forest Gump". In the afternoon, head to the beautiful Antelope Canyon with unique geological formations and curves and enjoy the breathtaking view of Horseshoe Bend. Day 3: Bryce Canyon & Zion National Park On the third day, spend time in the Southwest of Utah, exploring Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park. The day will begin with the best sunrise at Hoodoos Overlook in Bryce Canyon National Park. After experiencing this sprawling reserve, relax at Zion National Park and take in the spectacular landscape and extraordinary rock formations in a magnificent display of natural beauty. This Grand Circle 3-day tour includes all the most iconic destination you can't miss. Travel in comfort and style in a fully outfitted vehicle with WiFi and air-conditioning.

Monument Valley: 3-Hour Sunrise Tour

10. Monument Valley: 3-Hour Sunrise Tour

Depart from The View Hotel and see the glow of the sunrise over Mittens and Merrick Butte. See the Totem Pole as the sunrises before heading to your next location. Hear about the geology and history of each monument you pass from your guide as you head to the next stop, John Ford Point. Named after the director that filmed Western movies at the location, John Ford Point is filled with sweeping views of the Arizona landscape. Head to the site where the ancient Anasazi petroglyphs are located. See some of the hundreds of pictographs scattered across the area. While at the location, enjoy views of the Santa Clara River. Spot wildlife along the way and see life thriving in the desert landscape.

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What people are saying about Oljato-Monument Valley

This is an excellent tour; I recommend it. There was one thing that was of concern when I booked the tour: the tour only accepts parties of two or more people, so even though I was traveling alone I had to pay for a second, non-existent person. Later, I discussed this with tour staff and came to a good solution. But I encourage the tour operators to no longer require that guests traveling alone pay for two people.

Great trip for solo travellers or families. Travel time is broken up really well. Guides are so knowledgeable and take you to all the key spots. More time in Zion would be better as the hikes are amazing so if you can do the 7 day tour then I would encourage that one, alternatively book a separate 2-3 nights there.

Very interesting tour, we were able to visit some areas of Monument Valley that cannot be visited independently. Our guide Derek perfectly explained the history, traditions and culture of the Navajo people. He answered all our questions with patience and courtesy. Recommended tour.

The sunset tour was an experience no one should miss. Our guide Vera showed us the beauty of this land as well as the cultural importance that we were honored to share. A must see with Vera

Very knowledgeable guide and great tour. The duration of the tour is perfect to take it easy and not have to rush.