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Monument Valley: 2.5-Hour Tour with Backcountry Access

1. 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

2. 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-Hour Sunrise Tour with Navajo Guide

3. 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: Scenic 3.5-Hour Cultural Tour

4. Monument Valley: Scenic 3.5-Hour Cultural Tour

Start this popular tour with a narrated intro of the Lower Monument Valley and Back Country area focusing on Navajo culture, a deep recognition of Navajo history, and awesome geological facts. After several stops at popular areas/view points, enjoy a Hogan demonstration that displays the local lifestyle. Learn about the different ways native plants in Monument Valley are used, and take home a souvenir of the homeland inside your shoes. Intrigued yet? This fascinating tour ranges 28 miles and covers all major attracted areas and iconic overlook points. Back Country included.

Las Vegas: 7-Day Utah, Arizona and Nevada Self-Drive Tour

5. Las Vegas: 7-Day Utah, Arizona and Nevada Self-Drive Tour

Hit the open road on this road trip across the National Parks of Utah, Arizona and Nevada. Drive in the safety of your car, and meet up with certified guides at each park so you don't miss a thing.  Day 1: Zion National Park - Leaving the bright lights of Las Vegas behind you, head out to Utah’s finest National Park. Massive canyon walls and red sandstone cliffs ascend toward a brilliant blue sky. Challenge yourself to what’s considered the best half-day hike in the southwest by hiking a narrow ridge line to Angels Landing. Take it easy exploring the pristine Emerald pools, or enjoy a river hike deep in the narrows. Day 2: Bryce National Park - Reach an elevation of 8000 ft in Bryce National Park. Take a stroll along the rim and marvel at the unique sandstone spires (hoodoos) that rise dramatically from the desert floor. Hike down into the hoodoos for an up-close experience with this fascinating landscape. A soak in the outdoor hot tub back at camp will ease those hiking muscles and a night around the campfire will end this day nicely. Day 3-4: Arches and Canyonlands National Parks - Explore this stunning landscape and enjoy watching the sunset over the canyons. Visit Arches National Park, home to over 2000 arches, for a hike up to Delicate Arch. Enjoy walks in Canyonlands National Park, where the Green river meets the Colorado in some of the most spectacular scenery the South-West has to offer. Swap tales of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid who used the canyons to hide from the law in the late 1800s, visit the local town and enjoy Utah’s greatest adventure capital. Day 5: Monument Valley - The background for many famous western movies and home to the Navajo Indians, you are in for a real treat today. Hop onboard a 4X4 jeep and enjoy a Navajo guided tour of Monument Valley. Camp right along the rim and get ready to gaze up at the amazing starry skies and bag your front-row seat to a magnificent sun rise. Day 6: Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Grand Canyon national park - Today you have the option to add on an optional excursion to visit Antelope Canyon. Then, join a scenic walk to view Horseshoe Bend, before heading to the Grand Canyon. Hike into one of the deepest and most diverse canyons on Earth. In the evening, admire the views before one last cookout with your new friends.  Day 7: Las Vegas - After heading down Route 66, arrive back in Sin City with plenty of time to relax poolside before heading for the strip.

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What people are saying about Oljato-Monument Valley

This trip was a last minute decision. I was able to book the night before and use my phone to show my tickets. If you already have plans to go, I would recommend booking ahead of time because signal is very spotty out and around Monument Valley. Our guy Joe was great! He had lots of interesting stories to share with us during the trip. If you are going to visit the 17 Miles, make sure to book at least one of the guided tours to get the full experience.

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.

We were picked up at the campsite with the open jeep. The Indian guide told all about holy places and what they called the rocks and why. We were also allowed in a hut and there an Indian grandmother told us how they used to live. Very interesting. The Tour also went through country closed to tourists.

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.

It was a very nice and interesting tour. You saw a lot and learned about the life of the Navjo. Improvement! Pick-up location was not clearly defined. We found each other, but this should have been better defined in advance.