According to the “Safer-at-Home” order issued August 12, 2021, the Navajo Nation is returning to “Orange Phase”; thereby Navajo Parks and Recreation will continue to follow all safety protocols. All Navajo Tribal Parks are following all NDOH and CDC Guidelines; therefore Navajo Nation mandates Wearing Masks in Public.
***MASKS ARE MANDATORY ON THE NAVAJO NATION INDOOR/OUTDOOR.***
If interested in visiting the Monument Valley we ask that you book a tour with a local Tour Guide (see Guided Tours tab above). There is no self-guided tour, due to very rough terrain in some areas of the valley. Wear your Mask at all times! Obey all signs, stay hydrated and stay safe! Navajo Tribal Parks asks that everyone follow all NDOH and CDC Guidelines. Wear your mask, social distance and wash your hands.
Welcome to the Navajo Nation’s Monument Valley Park. You are experiencing one of the most majestic – and most photographed – points on earth. This great valley boasts sandstone masterpieces that tower at heights of 400 to 1,000 feet, framed by scenic clouds casting shadows that graciously roam the desert floor. The angle of the sun accents these graceful formations, providing scenery that is simply spellbinding.
The landscape overwhelms, not just by its beauty but also by its size. The fragile pinnacles of rock are surrounded by miles of mesas and buttes, shrubs and trees, and windblown sand, all comprising the magnificent colors of the valley. All of this harmoniously combines to make Monument Valley a truly wondrous experience. Enjoy this beautiful land.
Navajo Name: Tse’Bii’Ndzisgaii
Elevation: 5,564 feet above sea level
Size: 91,696 acres (spans Utah & Arizona)
Before human existence, the Park was once a lowland basin. For hundreds of millions of years, materials that eroded from the early Rock Mountains deposited layer upon layer of sediment which cemented a slow and gentle uplift, generated by ceaseless pressure from below the surface, elevating these horizontal strata quite uniformly one to three miles above sea level. What was once a basin became a plateau.
Natural forces of wind and water that eroded the land spent the last 50 million years cutting into and peeling away at the surface of the plateau. The simple wearing down of altering layers of soft and hard rock slowly revealed the natural wonders of Monument Valley today.
From the visitor center, you see the world-famous panorama of the Mitten Buttes and Merrick Butte. You can also purchase guided tours from Navajo tour operators, who take you down into the valley in Jeeps for a narrated cruise through these mythical formations. Places such as Ear of the Wind and other landmarks can only be accessed via guided tours. During the summer months, the visitor center also features Haskenneini Restaurant, which specializes in both native Navajo and American cuisines, and a film/snack/souvenir shop. There are year-round restroom facilities. One mile before the center, numerous Navajo vendors sell arts, crafts, native food, and souvenirs at roadside stands.
Our Mission is to protect, preserve and manage tribal parks, monuments and recreation areas for the perpetual enjoyment and benefit of the Navajo Nation – the spectacular landscapes, buttes, canyons, clean air, diversity of plants and wildlife, and areas of beauty and solitude.