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Phoenix to Monument Valley: Exploring Utah's Historic Sites

6 Days   •   1191 Miles

Uncover the history of Utah's canyon country and desert southwest.

Southeastern Utah is unique in that much of it seems as raw, natural and unspoiled as it did hundreds of years ago. You can share the same reverence for these places as the first pre-historic inhabitants and the modern-day  Native Nations  as you embark on this six-day road trip to the Monument Valley region.

Heading north, you can live like the pioneers who settled at Bluff Fort . Or imagine what life was like farming in desert country at the well-preserved Gifford Homestead . Explore an ancient Ancestral Pueblo village or take a Jeep tour through the majestic Navajo lands of Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park . Then, explore the ruins of an ancient Fremont Indian village rich with pictographs, petroglyphs and well-preserved artifacts. On the final leg of your journey, follow the route of pioneer explorers as you drive Hole-in-the-Rock Road . Afterwards, discover the wildlife that have long inhabited the Paunsaugunt Plateau, then see them for yourself as you explore Bryce Canyon National Park . This road trip is all about celebrating Utah's open spaces as they are, and as they have been for years.

Start:  Drive roughly five hours northeast from Phoenix to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park.

End : Kanab, a charming city in Southwestern Utah.

Hours of   Driving:  18+ hours, including the commute to and from Phoenix.

Places to Stay & Local Guides:  Monument Valley is only the first stop of many. This road trip will lead you through many of Utah’s best historic sites. While you may want to spend a few nights camping under the stars, there are many nearby towns with wonderful lodging options, including Bluff, Monticello, Boulder, Escalante, Torrey and Bryce Canyon City. Also, be sure to make advance reservations with local tour guides in order to make the most of your road trip.

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Phoenix to Monument Valley

  • Hiking the Wildcat Trail
  • Newspaper Rock
  • Four Corners Area

Day one starts at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, an iconic symbol of the American West and the sacred heart of the Navajo Nation. You’ll start with a hike along the Wildcat Trail to see some of the most famous rock buttes in the park. From there, take a drive up to Newspaper Rock in the Indian Creek Unit of Bears Ears National Monument to see one of the most impressive petroglyph sites in the West. Bears Ears is certainly deserving of  a trip all its own , so feel free to add a day or two to your road trip to explore it further. Otherwise, continue onwards to experience the deep cultural history of the Four Corners Area. 

Overnight in  Bluff ,  Mexican Hat  or  Monticello , or at  Goulding’s Lodge in Monument Valley

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Monument Valley to Bluff

  • Sand Island Petroglyphs
  • The Story of Monument Valley
  • Bluff Fort Historic Site

Day two starts with a guided Jeep tour through Monument Valley to cover more ground and see some of the area’s most popular historic sites. From there, it’s on to the quaint and charming town of Bluff. Here you’ll see the unruly route that Mormon pioneers traveled across at the Bluff Fort Historic Site. Don’t miss the petroglyphs and a chance to see the San Juan River at Sand Island.

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Monument Valley to Boulder

  • Fruita and U-Pick Orchards
  • Gifford Homestead
  • Anasazi State Park Museum

After a few days exploring Monument Valley, it’s time to head northwest to  Capitol Reef National Park . Here, stark monoliths of red rock stand watch over twisting canyons. As you gaze upon  Capitol Reef’s petroglyphs , consider how the early indigenous people and 19th century pioneers navigated this land. Nearby, the lush orchards and Gifford Homestead are both surviving testaments to the hardy settlers of the scenic valley. After some time rejuvenating in the orchards, head onwards to Anasazi State Park Museum in Boulder to further discover the region’s ancient lifestyle.

Overnight in  Torrey  or  Boulder

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Boulder to Escalante

  • Hole-in-the-Rock Road
  • Lower Calf Creek Falls
  • Peek-a-boo Slot Canyon

Now it’s time to continue Scenic Byway 12  to Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument . The first stop is a hike to a literal desert oasis — Lower or Upper Calf Creek Falls. It’s no wonder ancient people traveled through and left their mark on the canyon walls. Afterwards, reward yourself with a drink and a treat from  Kiva Koffeehouse , a soulful favorite with magnificent canyon views. Next, having already seen Bluff, you’ll traverse some of the dramatic terrain that kept the early pioneer expedition in check. Stop at fascinating sites like  Devils Garden  and Peek-a-Boo Canyon or, with a high-clearance vehicle and the right conditions, drive the full 62 miles to where the road descends to present-day Lake Powell.

Overnight in  Escalante  or  Boulder

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Escalante to Bryce Canyon

  • Bryce Canyon National Park

A short drive from Escalante, day five of your road trip explores the  Bryce Canyon region . First stop is the Bryce Wildlife Adventure Museum , where you’ll find a snapshot of the Paunsaugunt Plateau region’s fauna. Then, a morning in Bryce Canyon National Park can bridge the gap between museum exhibits and your own wildlife viewing memories. After a day rambling through Bryce Canyon it’s onto the charming town of Kanab. As the day comes to an end, drive south on Utah’s Heritage Highway, U.S. 89, to enjoy an evening meal in Kanab .

Overnight in  Kanab

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Kanab to Phoenix

  • Best Friends Sanctuary
  • Coral Pink Sand Dunes
  • Welcome to Little Hollywood

Before heading back to Phoenix, take some time to enjoy a Kanab activity of your choice (Read: " 15 Must-do Adventures in Kanab "). Volunteer at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary as a way to give back and enjoy the uplift that comes from getting to know rescued cats, dogs, horses and birds. Or try sandboarding at Coral Pink Sand Dunes. You might even enjoy a stop by the Little Hollywood Museum to learn more about the area’s cinematic past.

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Monument Valley Tour - One Day Adventure

Phoenix/sedona - surrounding areas.

ATTENTION: Our n ew Charter Flight Home option (more details below) is only available for tours departing the Phoenix area .

TOUR OVERVIEW – You’ll leave the Phoenix area at 7AM (Sedona area at 9AM) .  It’s approximately 5 hours to Monument Valley from Phoenix (3 hours from Sedona).  The view is never boring.  

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Passing through Flagstaff, Arizona’s third largest city, we enter the Navajo Nation Indian Reservation.  The landscape dramatically changes.  The Navajo Nation is home to the Painted Desert, and you’ll be driving right through the middle on your way to Monument Valley.  Yet another HUGE bonus to driving.

NEW: Chart Flight Home Option

While we do a great job of keeping you comfortable for the return trip, it’s still another 5 hours in the vehicle (3 hours to Sedona).

Two Options:   ATTENTION, Only available  for Phoenix area departures.

Once you’ve completed your incredible journey through Monument Valley, your Guide will take you to a small local airport, where you’ll board your private charter flight back to Phoenix.  Once you arrive, we’ll have a vehicle waiting to take you to your home/resort (included).

Option #1:   Private charter flight home, without a flyover of the Grand Canyon (flight time about 1 hour 30 minutes).  A bit less money, and of course the quickest option.

Option #2:   A 30 minute flyover of the Grand Canyon on your way back to Phoenix (flight time about 2 hours 15 minutes).  Your pilot will give everyone a narrated tour, and the views will take your breath away.

How do I add the Private Charter Flight Option?

Pick your vehicle and during the reservation process you’ll have the option to add the Private Charter Flight.  Once we see your reservation, we’ll book your return flight.  NOTE: There are rare occasions when a charter flight home is not available.  If this is a case, we will contact you ASAP and advise you of the situation.  ALSO: Weather can influence your flight.  If an unexpected storm makes flying unsafe, your guide will return you by vehicle.  We DO NOT charge for the flight until after we’ve confirmed a flight.

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Yes, very remote…

Believe it or not, Phoenix is the nearest large city to Monument Valley, followed by Albuquerque, NM.  Below are the drive times (oneway) from each:

  • Phoenix: 5 hours
  • Albuquerque: 5 hours, 10 minutes
  • Las Vegas: 6 hours, 18 minutes
  • Salt Lake City: 9 hours, 45 minutes

VERY FEW are willing to make the journey, it’s simply too far…  One of the reasons we feel it’s so special.  

If you decide to go for it!  make the LEAP!

  • You’ll lay eye’s on landscape you won’t find anywhere else on the Planet.
  • Monument Valley has a way of putting life into perspective.
  • While long, the drive is full of incredible visual surprises, only seen from the ground (hint; Painted Desert).
  • It’s not something you’ll ever forget.  A lifelong memory.

Mercedes/Airstream Interstate Lounge (Seats 8)

Our Mercedes/Airstream Interstate Lounge is our EXCLUSIVE rolling resort.  Seating up to 8 Guests, you’re leaving nothing behind.

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  • A professional/experienced Guide , who LOVES Arizona, and can’t wait to make your day extra special. 
  • 100% Private.
  • Bathroom, Microwave, Kitchenette.
  • What you’d expect traveling 1st Class.
  • Wide comfortable soft leather seats.
  • Room to stretch your legs.
  • Rear entertainment system.
  • Bottled water included.
  • Doesn’t include Monument Valley entry tickets ($6 per-person).
  • Doesn’t include lunch.
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Mercedes Deluxe Sprinter Van (Seats 14)

Our Mercedes Sprinter is a 1st Class Executive Van.

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Luxury "Explorer" Van (Seats 8)

Wide, Comfortable Seats

Grand CAnyon Tour - Ford Transit

Luxury SUV (Seats 6)

Grand Canyon Tour - GMC Denali

GMC Denali

Luxury Sedan (Seats 3)

Legroom Galore

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Mobility Scooter - $100

Available when making your reservation as an add-on.

Many of our Guests have physical challenges, which can limit their ability to take advantage of everything the Grand Canyon has to offer.  This simply wasn’t acceptable, so we set to work on a solution!  The mobility scooter to the rescue!

We want ALL of our Guests to have a once-in-a-lifetime adventure .  Going on walks with the more mobily family members is an important part of the adventure.  No one should be left behind.

KEEP IN MIND:   The scooter has a max weight limit of 275 pounds.  It’s fantastic for PAVED trails at the Grand Canyon. The most popular trail, the Rim Trail, is perfect for the scooter.  HOWEVER; it will not work at Antelope Canyon , or Horseshoe Bend .

Meteor Crater is located 40 miles East of Flagstaff, Arizona and is the World’s best preserved impact crater.

How does adding Meteor Crater affect your Grand Canyon Tour?  

Meteor Crater is BY FAR the largest detour of all the stops.  It adds about 1.5 hours of driving and takes about 1 hour to explore.

If you’d like to see Meteor Crater, we suggest making it your ONLY stop.  This is still give you about 2 hours at the Grand Canyon.  Plenty of time to see the best-of-the-best overlooks.

Is 2 hours enough time to see everything we want to see at the Grand Canyon?

As far as the overlooks, absolutely. 

NOTE: If you’re planning on doing a hike/walk, you may not be able to see the most remote overlooks in the Park.  Most of our Guests are perfectly fine with this adjustment, since their hike/walk follows the rim of the Grand Canyon.

What you’ll see – Approx. 50,000 years ago a 150 foot iron/nickel meteor blasted a hole in the ground.  At over 2.5 miles wide and 550 feet deep, standing next to it you can’t help but marvel at its size.

Our “Deluxe Package”.

We’ve combined our award winning ground tour “Premium Package” with a private charter flight over the Grand Canyon on the way back to the Phoenix Area.  You won’t find it anywhere else.  We’ve created a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.

  • Ground Tour of the Grand Canyon
  • Private charter flight over the Grand Canyon and a flight back to Phoenix.

TRIP HOME:   Once finished with your ground tour, your Guide will take you to the Grand Canyon airport, where you’ll board your PRIVATE CHARTER .  After liftoff, your pilot will spend 30 minutes flying over the Grand Canyon before turning South for Home. 

Your flight is about 1:45 minutes, including your 30 minute flight tour.  If you drove?  About 4 hours with stops.

Once arriving at the airport, your private transportation will be waiting to take you to your resort.


  • SEDAN – “Deluxe Package” Upgrade
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  • TRANSIT VAN – “Deluxe Package” Upgrade
  • MERCEDES S600 MAYBACH – “Deluxe Package” Upgrade
  • AIRSTREAM RV – “Deluxe Package” Upgrade
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O ur Advantage  – We tailor your helicopter tour around your ground tour,  MAXIMIZING  your experience.

Our Approach  – Todd setout to perfectly blend the ground tour with the helicopter adventure, making BOTH BETTER.  

We’ve discovered that by seeing the remote overlooks FIRST (East end of the National Park), it elevates your helicopter flight to yet another level.  Now when your Pilot points out a landmark below, we’ve already seen it from the ground.

We actually modify your ground tour to heighten your helicopter tour experience.  Rather than go into the Park through the busy South entrance, we’ll swing around the East entrance.  Starting at the East entrance allows us to start with the remote overlooks, ending at the Grand Canyon airport.

The Other Guys  – The odds are someone in your mixed group isn’t doing the helicopter tour, tossing a wrench in everyone’s day.  You’ll be dropped off at the airport, while the rest go into the park.  Both groups end up waiting, wasting valuable time.

The National Park Service has announced that the Grand Canyon National Park has officially received its International Dark Sky Park certification. 

Our Approach  – We adjust our pick-up time, so you leave later.   

SUMMER : From the Phoenix area, Approx. 1PM pick-up (rather than 7AM), 12:30AM return.  Sedona area, 3PM (rather than 9AM), 11:30PM return.  

WINTER :  From the Phoenix area, Approx. 11AM pick-up (rather than 7AM), 10:30PM return.  Sedona area, 1PM (rather than 9AM), 11:30PM return.  

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While there are several places to take in the dark, glowing sky, we focus on the more remote overlooks.  Typically, they’re less crowded.

While the entire Park is “Dark Sky” certified, we’ve found that the further away from the historic village, the better.  Many of the remote overlooks don’t have a light bulb within 20 miles.  However, it’s incredible the intense glow that can emanate from a cell phone… 

The remote overlooks offer seclusion, which is perfect for stargazing.

The Other Guys  – Simply, most tour companies don’t offer a tour after dark.  Also, the mixed group tours depend on “seat volume”.  Simply, filling seats.  While AMAZING, most visitors want to go during the day.

Of course your family/group isn’t restrained by these limitations.

Monument Valley, Arizona, scenery, profiled on sunset sky

Road Trip from Phoenix to Monument Valley

If you are hungry for excitement and adventure look no further than this incredibly scenic journey between Phoenix and Monument Valley. You will be spoilt for choice on places to hike, bike, explore and enjoy when you make this memorable trip along Grand Canyon or Petrified Forest National Park routes.

Travel 400 scenic miles from Phoenix to Monument in about 7 hours, and enjoy Cordes Lakes, Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff, Tuba City, Grand Canyon and the forests of Tonto, Sitgreaves, Pinetop-Lakeside plus Petrified Forest National Park.

Some of Americas most beautiful landscapes and renowned sights are found along this road trip, where you can spend time appreciating what the incredible natural landscape has to offer. Make sure to read on to see all the great places to stop, what to do, and where to stay en route.

How far is Monument Valley from Phoenix, and how long will the road trip take?

Travel the Grand Canyon Route taking you from Phoenix to Monument Valley, and this relatively short trip covering 398 miles will take around 7 hours.

If you decide to take the alternative Petrified Forest National Park Route, then you cover 552 miles, and it takes around 9 hours to complete with no detours.

These fairly short journeys could be travelled in a day, however we suggest spending 2-3 days to be able to make the most of the beautiful stops on the way, particularly the world-class Grand Canyon and Petrified Forest stop-offs.

Havasu Falls, waterfalls in the Grand Canyon, Arizona

Best road trip route from Phoenix to Monument Valley

This beautiful journey begins in Phoenix, passing through incredible forests, lakes and trails, historical sites, and world-renowned natural phenomena, before reaching the striking sandstone landscape of Monument Valley.

Head along the Grand Canyon Route for a scenic and exhilarating journey, where you can bike across Sonoran Preserve Desert Vista Trailhead, and hike across stunning Cordes Lakes, Coconino and Kaibab National Forests.

Stop off to paddle in the picturesque swimming hole at Grasshopper Point, and stopover in the interesting city of Flagstaff. All that before even arriving in the bucket-list destination of Grand Canyon.

A fun final stop off at Tuba City heralds the end of this road trip, where you can walk in dinosaurs' footprints – a memorable journey end.

Take the Petrified Forest National Park Route and you can be sure that a road trip packed with lush forests, impressive mountains and interesting wildlife habitats awaits you.

Enjoy hiking and outdoor pursuits in Tonto and Sitgreaves National Forests, before elk and deer spotting throughout the beautiful trails wandered at Pinetop-Lakeside.

Make a night of it near Petrified Forest National Park, so you can enjoy several trails exploring this unique landscape, before heading to authentic entertainment at Gallup Rodeo and a Shiprock mountain tour.

Grand Canyon Route

Head out of Phoenix along Interstate-17 (I-7) north, where you can admire the hills, cacti and lakes at Cordes Lakes, before stopping to trail at Coconino National Forest. A swim at Grasshopper Point is also ideal on a warm day.

From here you arrive in Flagstaff, packed with monuments and a world-famous observatory. After a night's stay, head along Highway-180 passing Arizona Snowbowl for snow sports, before Kaibab National Forest for wildlife spotting.

Needing little introduction, the iconic red rocks of the Grand Canyon can then be found after heading north along Highway-64. We suggest taking to the sky or the water to get unrivalled views.

Afterwards continue on Highway-160 where a stop at Cameron will lead you to Little Colorado River Gorge, before walking in the footprints of dinosaurs at Tuba City. A great journey end before arriving at Monument Valley.

Beautiful panoramic view over Little Colorado River Gorge

Petrified Forest National Park Route

From Phoenix head along the Highway-87 where you'll pass the beautiful forests of Tonto and then onto Sitgreaves, ideal for outdoor adventure.

Highway-260 then leads you to Pinetop-Lakeside, great for hiking and deer spotting, before journeying north on Highway-77 then I-40 to Petrified Forest National Forest for a night's stay exploring the biggest forest in the world.

After following I-40 to Gallup, where you can enjoy an authentic rodeo or annual balloon festivals, head north along Highway-491 to discover the impressive Shiprock. It's sure to whet your appetite before arriving at destination Monument Valley.

Red Red Rock Balloon Rally, Gallup

Best places to stop between Phoenix and Monument Valley

Along this journey there are certainly iconic landmarks. We've picked out our favorite places to stop which will also tick some renowned sights off your bucket list.

Step back in time with a visit to Flagstaff

Found midway along the Grand Canyon Route, you encounter Flagstaff, known for the famous observatory, historical monuments, and gateway to the iconic red rocks of the Grand Canyon.

A first stop to the Lowell Observatory, open since 1894, is a great spot to learn more about the discovery of the dwarf planet Pluto. This exciting center is packed with exhibits and tours, with the Giovale Open Deck Observatory must-see.

Large Ancient Structor at Wupatki National Monument

Feel like you are stepping back in time with a visit to the unusual ancient pueblo Wupatki National Monument. Home in the past to 100 or more tribesmen, the structures are amazing, and it really is a hidden gem.

Also make sure to visit Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument. A volcanic eruption was responsible for this impressive crater, where you can enjoy a hike, enjoying the vast landscape, particularly pretty during spring and fall.

The beautiful and stylish 4-star High Country Motor Lodge in Flagstaff is then welcomed after a busy, dusty, day exploring the Grand Canyon and surrounding areas. Unwind in the stunning outdoor pool and sauna, or head indoors to take advantage of the games room.

The lovely sun terrace is perfect for an aperitif before heading to the delicious on-site restaurant The General Store, serving American cuisine. Not ready for bed? Enjoy the sparkling evening entertainment after dinner.

This hotel is in an enviable spot, close to many attractions such as the bucket-list sights of the Grand Canyon, as well as several great parks.

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Trek the unique landscape of Petrified Forest

Take the slightly longer Petrified Forest National Park Route, and you will arrive at this forest around halfway along the whole journey. It seems only fitting then to pause for a night to take in the incredible sights here.

Known for the fossils and fallen trees that were around 225 million years ago, and their smooth, brown appearance, there are lots of hot spots to head to.

Layered sedimentary rocks in the Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona USA

We suggest making sure the Painted Desert is on the itinerary. There are incredible and unique colors found here, with plenty of lookouts to enjoy the unusual views across the rocks and desert landscape.

The Crystal Forest Trail allows you to see the incredible forest up close. This beautiful trail takes you past the petrified tree landscape, and you will feel like you are in another world.

The La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Holbrook Petrified Forest can be found only a short journey from the renowned Petrified Forest. A new, modern, hotel, which has great-sized rooms and comfy lounges – the king-size beds are ideal for relaxing after all that exploring!

Start your day right with a delicious breakfast buffet at the on-site restaurant, perfect before exploring, with other popular dining options close by including Mesa Italian Restaurant.

Set right next to the Interstate, this hotel is so well located to break up the road trip midway and get to see the wonderful sights of Petrified Forest.

Where to stay when you reach Monument Valley

Monument Valley is one of the most recognizable locations in the American Southwest, with beautiful and striking sandstone buttes dotted across the expansive landscape, reaching up to 300 meters into the sky.

A great place to lay your head for the night after visiting this iconic valley is Goulding's Lodge , set in a great location within Monument Valley, very close to this beautiful destination.

The delightful heated indoor pool is ideal for relaxing in after a busy day exploring, or sit back and enjoy the pretty outdoor terrace, with stunning mountain views.

There is also free parking on-site, so no need to worry about your car as you enjoy hiking and exploring this beautiful area.

Things to see on a road trip from Phoenix to Monument Valley

Both the Grand Canyon Route and Petrified Forest National Park Route are packed with jaw-dropping scenery, with so many beautiful places to stop off at and explore by foot, bike, horse, boat or balloon!

Take a look at our suggestions below for where to go and what to do on this wonderful trip.

  • Sonoran Preserve Desert Vista Trailhead - Set over 9,600 acres, you can take one of the many trails that span across Desert Hills, Apache Wash and Desert Vista. Also popular for mountain biking.
  • Cordes Lakes - Enjoy a wander around the interesting Cordes Lake, with hills, cacti and rock formations also dotted across the landscape. A great stop for a leg stretch.
  • Coconino National Forest - This stunning forest is a combination of red sandstone and lush green forest, and is the perfect setting for a hike across one of the many trails suiting all abilities.
  • Grasshopper Point Swimming & Picnic Area - Very close to Coconino National Forest is Grasshopper Point, a well-known swimming hole surrounded by red cliffs. Very scenic, this is a great spot for a picnic too.
  • Flagstaff - A popular stop off given it is so close to the Grand Canyon. It also has several interesting sights, including the Lowell Observatory, where the dwarf planet Pluto was first spotted.
  • Arizona Snowbowl - Travel in the colder season and the Arizona Snowbowl should be on the agenda, offering great snow sports, skiing and snowboarding.
  • Kaibab National Forest - Spread over an impressive 1.5 million acres, this forest is home to a myriad of wildlife including deer and coyote – just watch out for any rattlesnakes!
  • Grand Canyon - Needing little introduction, this world-known area is a UNESCO World Heritage site, with incredible sights via South or North Rim. Why not take a helicopter tour to see it all from a bird's eye view.
  • Cameron - A stop off in Cameron reveals the sights of Little Colorado River Gorge, 10 miles shy of Grand Canyon. This stop off has incredible views across the gorge, and a great vantage point of the South Rim.
  • Dinosaur Tracks - During this fun stop off at Tuba City, you can see the claimed tracks of dinosaurs. Enjoy a local guide taking you through where these incredible species once walked.

Dinosaur foot prints near Tuba City

  • Tonto National Forest - Over 600,000 acres make-up the incredible Tonto National Forest. Head to Cave Creek Ranger District, perfect for outdoor recreation, with Verde River ideal for a paddle on a nice day.
  • Sitgreaves National Forest - Perfect for any outdoor adventurer, this area is well liked for hiking and camping.
  • Pinetop-Lakeside - Found in Navajo County, this area is great for hiking with an expansive and interesting landscape. Head along Country Club Trail spanning three miles, with the chance to see elk and mule deer
  • Petrified Forest National Park - This renowned forest, which is the biggest in the world, is a unique National Park, covered with petrified wood which is smooth and dark to the touch.
  • Gallup Rodeo - For an authentic experience in Gallup then head to one of the many rodeos held in the area, with exhilarating viewing of cowboys riding the bucking broncos.
  • Shiprock - This impressive rock mountain is prominent on the skyline reaching 7,177-foot-high. You are unable to climb it, but still worth a visit to see its amazing statue.

Canyon Lake and the Desert Landscape of Tonto National Forest along the Apache Trail in Arizona, USA

Best time to go on a road trip from Phoenix to Monument Valley

An excellent year-round destination, it can mostly be enjoyed across any season, with average annual temperatures around 65 degrees Fahrenheit.

December to March is the quietest time to visit, and you can book without issue for many excursions and accommodation. Snow can fall during this time, but usually it is not heavy and does not hinder exploring the area.

The start of the year can also be the cheapest to travel, with temperatures ranges ranging between 42 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit, and the opportunity to experience dark skies' territory when moon cycles can be seen.

Dramatic and very colorful sunrise over Monument Valley in Arizona, USA

A great time to visit is early spring, when temperatures usually rise to around 45 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit, plus without any winter snow you get to see the wonderful trails across the valley.

During summer, temperatures begin to rise sometimes reaching above 90 degrees Fahrenheit. It is also the busiest time to visit, so if choose this season, make sure to head out early to avoid the glaring sun and busier periods.

Visit in fall, and the weather remains good, however it can get busier with tourists who have a similar idea about visiting when there aren't the larger summer crowds to cope with.

Whatever the season you can be sure that Monument Valley can be experienced in a variety of different ways, from jeep tours and sunset excursions, to hot air balloon rides over this stunning landscape.

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2 Day 1 Night Private Tour from Phoenix / Scottsdale

Monument valley tribal park, sedona.

Tour the iconic rock formations of the famed Monument Valley and travel through the stunning red rocks of Sedona on this 2 day 1 night private tour!

  • 2 guests - From $1525/person
  • 3 guests - From $1045/person
  • 4 guests - From $805/person
  • 5 guests - From $711/person (2 rooms)
  • 6+ guests - Please call for pricing

Multi-Day Tour Highlights

  • Personalized attention with a private guide/driver and private Luxury SUV or High-Roof Tour Van for maximum flexibility
  • Expert Navajo guide to tour you through the iconic Monument Valley Tribal Park
  • Sunset and stargazing in this classic destination
  • Enjoy an en route visit to Sedona’s red rock mountains on your way back to Phoenix
  • Tour Itinerary

Multi-Day Tour Itinerary

  • Early morning departure from Phoenix/Scottsdale and travel through the cacti-covered mountains of the Sonoran desert, around the outskirts of the Route 66 town of Flagstaff surrounded by Ponderosa pine trees, through the Navajo Nation to Monument Valley (approx. 5 hour drive)
  • See the beauty of the Sonoran Desert and Coconino National Forest along the way
  • Enjoy a Navajo-guided Monument Valley Jeep Tour (2.5 hrs) including visits to the Mittens, John Ford's Point, The Totem Pole, Code Talkers Point, and the North Window
  • Take in a classic sunset with optional stargazing on a clear night to the backdrop of one of America’s most famous landscapes
  • Overnight Goulding’s Lodge Lodging upgrades possible based on availability. Inquire for details.
  • Optional sunrise over Monument Valley
  • Morning departure for Phoenix via Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon
  • Depending on timing, enjoy scenic Sedona highlights including Airport Mesa Overlook, Bell Rock and Chapel of the Holy Cross
  • Time for shopping if desired
  • Depart for Phoenix with an early evening arrival

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Multi-day tour faqs.

Our Reservations Manager will contact you to confirm availability and discuss the details of your trip. We work closely with you to ensure your trip is exactly what you want!

Upgrades are possible based on availability and budget. Our Reservations Manager will contact you upon booking to discuss any upgrade opportunities.

Your guide will be your driver, tour leader, best bud and Director of Fun! They will manage your itinerary and ensure you maximize your time/experience at each location. That being said, we are mindful of having private time to yourself - this is about YOU, so just let your guide know what you want! At Monument Valley, you will have a Navajo guide for that activity.

The Southwest is sunny year round! That being said, if you are touring in winter, dress for winter! There may even be snow! Fall and Spring daytime highs are mild, with mornings and nights on the colder side. Summer is hot during the days and a bit milder during nights and mornings. Regardless of season, bring layers, sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, lip balm and comfortable shoes for walking! A good pair of sneakers that can handle dirt paths and uneven ground will always come in handy!

No, gratuities are not included but greatly appreciated. Our private tour guides go above and beyond to deliver a highly personalized and upgraded tour experience for you. Tipping recommendations can be provided by our Reservations Manager.

Technically, this tour can start anywhere but it'll cost ya! 🙂 The Phoenix metro area is ideal for this tour itinerary, however, there are many cities around Phoenix that will also work, such as: Tempe, Scottsdale, Chandler, Mesa, Glendale, Surprise, Sun City, Avondale, Litchfield Park, Buckeye, Goodyear and more.

YES! All itineraries are customizable. Our Reservations Manager will work with you to create your ideal trip!

A 10% non-refundable credit card deposit is due at time of booking. This deposit amount may change depending on potential upgrades - our Reservations Manager will discuss this with you. You will not be charged the deposit until we confirm your requested dates. The balance is due 10 days prior to your Day 1, at which point all sales are final and no refunds will be given. The balance is to be paid via bank transfer or check. There will be a 3% processing fee on any balance paid via credit card.

Tour Details

What's included.

  • Entrance fees to National Parks, tribal parks, or other named activities
  • Experienced and professional tour guide
  • Lodging - the listed price is for one room shared by up to 4 guests, the price for 5 guests includes 2 rooms
  • Navajo-led Monument Valley Jeep Tour
  • Unlimited bottled water

What's Not included

  • Guide gratuities
  • Incidental hotel fees
  • Travel insurance


SandStone Tours

Monument Valley's Top-Ranking 4×4 Vehicle Tour Company!

Monument Valley Tour Rates & Booking

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Monument Valley scenic vehicle tours depart daily, our Navajo guides will take you on an unforgettable excursion through one of the Southwest’s iconic landscapes.

Tour route time starts from the Valley Drive entrance, not from the parking lot pickup point or time spent loading the vehicle.

** Booking restrictions apply, 2 persons minimum **

Children 4 – 11 Years Old are $35.00 per child.

Daylight Savings Time Started March 10, 2024.

Monument Valley is the same time as; Salt Lake City, Utah – Denver, Colorado

We are one hour ahead of; Phoenix, Flagstaff, and Grand Canyon, Arizona.

Sunrise Tour of Monument Valley

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Enjoy the morning as the sandstone cliffs are awakened by the first burst of the morning sunlight. Our guide will make sure it’s a morning to remember by showing you the advantage of the sun’s early fiery hues, and its ability to create shadows that are momentarily visible for a few hours as the day starts.

Duration: Approximately 3 Hours

$80.00 Per Adult | $35.00 per Child

Departure Time: Due to the solstice, times may change. The confirmed time of departure will appear when reserving this tour.

See Departure Time during the Booking Procedure.

Short Tour of Monument Valley

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This tour might be appropriate for people who have a busy travel itinerary, but still has time for a short excursion into one of the Southwest’s iconic wonders.

Duration: Approximately 1.5 Hours

$65.00 Per Adult | $35.00 per Child

Currently Departing Daily at:

8:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m.


Complete Tour of Monument Valley

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This is the complete tour of Monument Valley. Visit what most visitors and locals call the “Back-County” or “Restricted Area” and get up close, step under, or up to the natural sandstone arches that have been carved into the sandstone cliffs over the eons. Our guides will show you other vantage points of spires and buttes that cannot be seen on the short tour.

Duration: Approximately 2.5 Hours

$75.00 Per Adult | $35.00 per Child

9:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

Sunset Tour of Monument Valley

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Be in the park as it closes for the day when visitors vacate, leaving a serene quiet and stillness. Enjoy the setting sun as it transforms the colors of the massive sandstone cliffs a deeper red-orange, then ending with long shadows stretching across the valley floor.

Departure Time: Due to the solstice, times change during the year. The confirmed time of departure will appear when reserving this tour.

See the Departure Time during the booking procedure.

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Fees and Pricing

The Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park entry fee or any other fees initiated by the Navajo Nation is NOT included in our rates. A 6% Navajo Nation Tax and applicable State sales taxes and booking partner fees will be calculated at checkout.

Recording Notice: (Navajo Nation)

Monument Valley is a major tourist attraction and though we are in the 21st century, many Navajo respect sacred beliefs and adhere to Navajo religion. This includes our guides and surrounding locals, many still prefer not to be included in; photographs, video, and or any kind of recording. Please be considerate. Ask and confirm permission before taking their picture or recording anyone in any way.

Navajo Nation COVID-19 Restrictions Lifted With Exceptions

Masks are totally optional. As of January 20, 2023, The Navajo Nation has lifted its COVID-19 Mask Mandates. Some of our employees may still prefer to wear a masks.

Mountain Standard Time & Daylight Savings Time

We are on daylight savings time. Make sure your time is set for our area, we follow the same time as Salt Lake City, Utah and Denver, Colorado. We are one hour ahead of; Phoenix, Flagstaff, Grand Canyon, Page, Arizona.

Early Departure

Sandstone Tours schedules guides and vehicle based on booked tours with specific departure times and capacities. Requests to depart before your reserved tour time will be changed to a “Private Tour”. A $100.00 fee will be added and will be due before departure.

Missed Reservation Departure Time

Please arrive at the time you have booked your tour for. Tours will wait no longer than 10 minutes maximum. If there is any availability for another tour departure at a later time, and if you still wish to take a tour contact us right away.

1 Adult & Infant/Child Policy

We have had people try to defeat our 2 adult minimum booking system. In fairness of single parents wanting to take a tour, reservations that pay for one adult and one child at the time of booking will be accepted. This reservation is non-refundable. At the time of departure, your child must be present; otherwise, the tour will be immediately canceled.

Cancellation Policy

A 50% fee will be charged for all and any kind of cancellation made by the customer. National emergencies U.S, European, ETC., such as; travel restrictions, closures, ETC., will not apply to our cancellation policy.

We depart wind, rain, or shine. If SandStone Tours defaults a tour for reasons beyond our control; impassible roads due to weather conditions, emergency park closures, Navajo Nation shut-downs, etc., you will be contacted as soon as possible and given a full refund. Refunds may take time, you may have to be very patient.

After Office Hour Bookings

Our Office hours are from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 7 days a week. If you book after these hour please call our office the next day to confirm your reservation has been received by our tour coordinator. Not calling may result in a late tour or cancelled tour.

Tours – Length & Time Approximation

The Sunrise Tour, Short Tour, Complete Tour, and Sunset Tour times are set by tour routes. Tour times are, “approximate”. Factors may include; participation, tour route congestion, inclement weather, park road re-routes & activities, etc. Our tours are conducted by routes identified and permitted for use by the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

Participation: The party on tour may request to skip a stop or not exit the vehicle at all, this often shortens the tour time . The tour route taken for the tour is what we charge for, the length of the tour will not be taken into account.

Inclement weather: Weather in Monument Valley and the surrounding area may be unpredictable. Rain, hail, wind, or snow may affect road conditions, this may slow the tour and lengthen the tour time. Rain sometimes affects tour routes, and alternative routes may be used by our guides.

Tour Route Congestion: The route may become congested, this may lengthen the tour time. We will not deviate from the reserved tour route during the peak season.

Park Re-routes and Activities: From time to time the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park performs activities for the community or for the Navajo Nation government, this sometimes affects tour times. If the tour is re-routed, our Sandstone Tours guides may have to use alternative routes to make up for deviations not usually used in our daily tour listings.

Rates listed from this website will not be honored upon arrival.

A booking must be made in advance and must have a; printed receipt, reservation sheet, or confirmation number made available to our tour coordinator on – site..

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6-Day Phoenix to Antelope Canyon, Lake Powell, Monument Valley, Arches National Park, Gallup, Tucson and White Sands National Park Tour (Free Airport Pickup)

Tour code: gol-phx-100a, duration: 6 day(s) / 5 night(s).

Tour Guide: Chinese, English

Quality: Budget

6-Day Phoenix to Antelope Canyon, Lake Powell, Monument Valley, Arches National Park, Gallup, Tucson and White Sands National Park Tour (Free Airport Pickup)

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Experience: UNESCO, Family

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Explore Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell, Monument Valley, Arches National Park, UTE Mountain, Four Corners Monument, White Sands National Park, Kartchner Caverns State Park, Mission San Xavier del Bac, Tucson Pima Airspace Museum, and Biosphere No.2 Museum on our exciting bus tour starting from Phoenix with special discounts and hotel accommodations.

  • Only the guides and drivers who have COVID 19 negative can provide services from now onwards. Drivers and Guides will wear the mask. They will disinfect the bus daily. Travelers will have to wear the mask and their temperature will be monitored regularly. Travelers will be provided with hand sanitizer and wipes. We recommend travelers to bring their own hand sanitizer also. Bus sitting will be based on the standards set by the Government.

Day 1 HOME – Phoenix

The pleasant itinerary will take you from the Phoenix Airport and guests can take the free shuttle bus to the hotel and take a 10-minute drive to the Hotel. Overnight Phoenix

Phoenix: The State capital of Arizona, and also the largest city of AZ. the population is more than other states capital. while it is the ninth-largest state capital in the United States, and one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. the climate of Phoenix is very dry, the annual average temperature ranks first in the United States major cities, and it is a famous tourist destination. Domestic tourism resources are rich, many attractions.

If you arrive in PHX International Airport at 4:00 a.m~00:00a.m you may contact the airport hotel by yourself and ask the hotel to send a shuttle to pick up you.

Holiday Inn & Suite PHX North


Add:1515 N 44th St, Phoenix,AZ 58008

If you arrive in PHX International Airport at 00:00a.m-04:00a.m, you need to arrange your ground transportation to get to the hotel by yourself at your own costs.

Hotel:  Holiday Inn & Suite Phoenix Airport North or similar.


Phoenix, AZ

Phoenix is the capital of the U.S. state southwestern of Arizona. It is well known for its year-round sun and the warm temperatures. It anchors a multicity, sprawling metropolitan area referred to as the Valley of the Sun. It is also famous for its high-end spa resorts.

Day 2 Antelope Canyon – Horseshoe Bend – Lake Powell

We will head toward Colorado Plateau in the morning, taking photos at the famous Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. After lunch, we will head toward Lake Powell, stopping by the Glen Dam to overlook the tranquil Lake Powell

Colorado Plateau: The only desert plateau in the United States. After years of erosion from the Colorado River, some of the most stunning nature sceneries had formed here. Red Rocks arches and mesas decorate this vase landscape with their brilliant colors.

Glen Canyon Dam, Lake Powell: Lake Powell is the second largest artificial water reservoir in the U.S. and it also marks the starting point of the Grand Canyon. See the depth of the Lake Powell as we travel across the Glen Canyon Dam.

Antelope Canyon(Optional): One of the most recognizable and famous natural landscapes in the world and a must see for photography enthusiast. Millions of years of flash flood and natural erosion gifted us these slot canyons, with their smooth wavy curves and gorgeous colors from the sandstone; it truly is a wonder of nature.

Horseshoe Bend: Carved by the Colorado River, you can witness the water slowly flowing pass underneath your feet in this horse shoe shape bay as you stand above it on the edge of the cliff.

Hotel:  Lake Powell Resort & Marinas or similar.

Antelope Canyon, AZ

Antelope Canyon which is a slot canyon in the American Southwest is a gorgeous place to explore. It is a beautiful site to explore the history of the Navajo people.

Colorado River, CO

Colorado River is one of the most famous River of the United States, it is 1,450 miles long, it drains and extensive watershed that encompasses parts of seven US and two Mexican States.

Glen Canyon Dam, AZ

A concrete arch dam located on the river of Colorado is called Glen Canyon Dam. It has been opened in the year 1963. It is one of the major sources of producing hydroelectricity.

Horseshoe Bend, AZ

The meander with a shape of horseshoe in the river of Colorado Arizona is called Horseshoe Bend. The Grand Canyon is located in the north of this place.

Lake Powell Boat Cruise, AZ

It refers to cruise tourism service offered at Lake Powel which is a basin positioned at the Colorado River and a popular vacation spot visited by about 2 million people annually.

Lake Powell, AZ

It is a reservoir located on the river of Colorado precisely between the border of Arizona and Utah, the area is considered as a well-known spot for vacation visited by 2 million people annually.

Page, AZ

Page, situated in Arizona, US, is a wonderful touristy destination for tourists with family. This grand family point has professional arrangement for the visitors stay and plans. It has Lake Powell as one of the most powerful attractions.

Day 3 Monument Valley – Arches National Park – UTE mountain

Every minute and every second subtle change of Lake Powell morning sunlight with canyon walls formed such unique scenery for the tourists. later, we will visit the Monument Valley, which is the core of American western Indian culture. Many western cowboy style movies have been shot here. Visitors can pay a fee to take the jeep tour to have a closer visit. And also we will go to the world's largest concentration of sandstone arches - Arches National Park, where only documented record arches have as many as 2000. The Delicate Arch is looked like a landmark of Utah, even the entire West Coast National Park. Our tour guide will lead visitors walk close to Delicate Arch, enable everyone to touch it personally and take pictures of it. Overnight in UTE mountain.

Monument Valley:  A summary of all the beautiful landscape on the Colorado Plateau, see the Navajo Sandstone pillars and monument rocks erected across the land. This place had been the backdrop of countless Western movies and TV commercials. You'll even be able to travel on the same road that "Forrest Gump" had run through on his cross-country trek.

Arches National Park:  Nature created this marvelous location from sandstones and underground salt layers with nothing but wind and water. The most concentrated area in the world for naturally formed sandstone arches, you can also see all kinds of different unique shape rocks and see one of the most well-known landmarks of Utah, the Windows Arches.

Arches National Park, UT

Arches National park located in eastern Utah is home to a number of natural sandstone arches. The bewitching red sandstone formations make the park an intriguing place to explore.

Delicate Arch, UT

The 65-feet tall freestanding arch close to Utah is said to be as Delicate Arch. It remains open 24 hours a day. The beautiful landscapes make it an ideal choice to visit for tourists.

Monument Valley Jeep Ride, UT

Refers to the jeep tour of Monument valley, the visitors are allowed to sit in a jeep along with a guide who takes them to various sites in the monument valley, the ride is usually of 3 hours.

Monument Valley, UT

Refers to a place in San Juan County in the United States Of America, according to the census held back in 2000, the population of this city is 864. Geographically the area of the city is 74.4 km².

Utah, UT

The western region of US has a state known as Utah. Salt Lake City is the capital of the state. The overall area of Utah took it on 13th rank. However, it is on the 31st position as per population in US.

Day 4 Four Corners Monument – Gallup – Albuquerque

Morning, we will go to the monument, which is the only one four states intersection in the United States of the United States to visit this monument only the junction of four states, enjoy panoramic views of the Colorado Plateau. At the end of the day, we are going to the city called "Indians center" - Gallup. It is in the center position of the local Indian tribe, with a deep Indian culture and customs

Albuquerque  is the city of the world's most suitable hot air balloon since the perfect geographical environment and climate environment. The museum shows the history and development of hot air balloons since 1783 and the status quo.

Albuquerque, NM

Albuquerque is the New Mexico’s largest city, sitting in the high desert. It has a modern Downtown core in contrast with Old Town Albuquerque, dating to 1706 as a Spanish colony founding. It has historic adobe buildings and shops sell Native American handicrafts.

Colorado Plateau, CO

Colorado Plateau is also known as the Colorado Plateau Province. It covers an area of 337,000 km2, the plateau largely consists of high deserts and forests, some part of the province lies in the Grand Canyon.

Four Corners Monument, NM

In the southwestern USA near the state of Arizona, there is a location where intersection of four states occurs at a specific point. It is known as Four Corners Monument.

Gallup, NM

Gallup in New Mexico is a small city on historic Route 66. There are red sandstone cliffs dominating to the east, and it is home to Anasazi archaeological sites. The Gallup cultural center has cultural exhibits and Native American crafts.

Day 5 White Sands N.P – Tucson Pima Airspace Museum – Mission San Xavier del Bac – Tucson

At the beginning of the day, we will visit the beautiful white sand national park, boarded the hills, extremely wild, white waves rolling, heaven and earth vast, will not help lament the great nature of the great. After that, we going to Tucson Pima Airspace Museum, all passengers will have a chance to take a tram tour (optional) sightseeing the largest exhibition of US military airplanes in this museum. One of the major highlights of this trip is Mission San Xavier del Bac, which is the oldest church in the southwestern of US with three hundred years history. It has the most typical of Spanish architecture style, and its white appearance in the desert is exceptionally striking。 Arrived in the evening from the nearest city of Mexico - Tucson. Overnight Tucson

White Sands National Park:  Located in New Mexico, one of the world's most famous natural wonders. Here, the huge wavy gypsum dunes cover about 300 square miles of desert areas. The dunes have been constantly changing, from growth to reach the vertex, and then slumping, the desert continues to advance, covering everything on its way forward.

The Pimaace Museum(Optional)  is one of the largest non-government funded aviation and space museums in the world! Featuring over 300 historical aircrafts, from a Wright Flyer to a 787 Dreamliner. Sitting on 80 acres the museum opened its doors to the public in May of 1976. Over the past forty years, the museum has grown immensely and today encompasses five indoor exhibit hangars (two dedicated to WWII). Docent-led walking tours and museum ground Tram Tours are offered daily. The museum is the exclusive offeror of bus tours of the 2,600-acre “Aircraft Boneyard”/U.S. military and government aircraft storage facility, Monday-Friday, non-federal holidays only.

Alamogordo, NM

Alamogordo is the administrative hub of Otero County situated in US state of New Mexico. It is known for its connection with the area for first trial of atomic bomb, Trinity.

Pima Air and Space Museum, AZ

Pima Air and Space Museum is a fabulous museum having the best exhibits of airplanes. The outdoor aircraft displays tour is excellent. The staff is anxious to explain and the enthusiasm in youngsters is apparent. The display hangers are huge. A must-see museum and do not miss the narrated tour.

San Xavier del Bac, AZ

San Xavier del Bac, Arizona, is a preserved gem of New Spain presenting the Baroque style. It was completed in 1797, in a Spanish colonial style filled with icons and statues. There is attached museum and is really informative and interesting.

White Sands National Monument, NM

The state of Mexico has a National Monument sixteen miles away from Dona Ana County and Otero County is White Sands National Monument. It was built in 1936 and added to NRHP on June 23rd, 1988.

Day 6 Kartchner Caverns S.P – Saguaro N.P – Arizona – Sonora Desert Museum – Phoenix.

At the beginning, we will going to Arizona's most famous natural wonders - Carlsbad Cavern National Park, the caves; will make you sincerely lament the nature of the wonderful Words. Then the tour going to the Saguaro National Park, and to see hundreds difference of saguaro. Later, you have an optional for the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Overnight in Phoenix.

Carlsbad Cavern National Park:  The most beautiful cave in the United States by the "United States today readers choose". The stalactite cave was discovered in 1974 by the world, so far in good shape, not a trace of damage, the cave landscape is amazing. There are national park professionals in the cave to introduce the characteristics and wonders of the stalactite cave.

Saguaro National Park  is a United States national park in Pima County in southeastern Arizona. The park gets its name from the saguaro (Carnegiea gigantea), a large cactus that is native to the Sonoran Desert and that does not grow naturally elsewhere. Rincón—as in Rincon Mountains, Rincon Creek, and Rincon Valley—is Spanish for corner, and refers to the shape of the mountain range and its footprint. The name Tucson derives from Papago-Piman words cuk ?on, meaning dark spring or brown spring. Tank or Tanique refers to a small artificial pool behind a dam that traps runoff in an existing natural depression.

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum(Optional)  is a 98-acre (zoo, aquarium, botanical garden, natural history museum, publisher, and art gallery founded in 1952. Located just west of Tucson, Arizona, it features two miles of walking paths traversing 21 acres of desert landscape. It is one of the most visited attractions in Southern Arizona. This museum focuses on the interpretation of the natural history, plants and animals of the Sonoran Desert. The museum is home to more than 230 animal species and 1,200 varieties of plants. It is open every day through the year, and hosts nearly 400,000 visitors annually, including visitors from abroad.

Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, AZ

Visit this outdoor museum which is a fusion of zoo, botanical garden, art gallery, and natural history museum. Early morning hours are the best to visit and see the animals.

Biosphere 2, AZ

The Biosphere 2 is an Earth Systems science research facility located at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountains. It is a large laboratory geared at global Ecology and research on the future of the earth.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM

Carlsbad Caverns National Park is a popular choice for hikers in southeastern New Mexico. It is located on the Guadalupe Mountains. It is known for the show cave, Carlsbad Cavern.

Tucson, AZ

Tuscon is an amazing city in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert encircled by various captivating mountain ranges such as Santa Catalinas, above all. Mirroring its 19th century commencements are the restored manors of its El Presidio Historic District with fabulous scenes for the tourists.

Itinerary - Important Notes

What's included.

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What's Excluded

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Important Notice:  Passengers are discouraged from purchasing admission packages from sources outside and trying to use them for this tour provided at a discounted price. In case they want to do so, they must arrange transport the same day.

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Pricing - important notes, return location, important notes.

  • 3:00 PM onward is the Hotel Check in time. 2435 S 47th St, Phoenix, AZ 85034. Go to Hilton Phoenix Airport any time by taking a free shuttle from the Airport.
  • Kindly Book your flight to depart from Phoenix International Airport (PHX) after 8:00 PM.
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 it was lovely seeing all the places that I have never even wished to visit. Arizona and Utah state has the best natural parks in the country, and that is for sure since the Arches National Park was so wonderful and it questions our imagination. We also loved the Lake Powell cruising. It was a great tour with the professional team. Wonderful experience!

It was easy booking our tour seats and boarding the trip for Phoenix. I loved how they treated their guests on board, especially the hotels were excellent. Our destinations were far-distanced, therefore, we had to travel a lot, like 4 hours’ drive pay a visit of 1 hour to a certain destination. But, it was all worth it. Cheers.

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 8 Hrs
  • Language: English
  • Departure Time : 08:00 AM
  • Return Details : Please note: • Hotel pickup: to schedule hotel pickup and drop-off, you MUST contact Westwind Aviation to schedule this service. An additional fee will be collected based on the location of your h.. read more
  • Cancellation Policy : This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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Departing from Phoenix enjoy a scenic, narrated flight over Sedona, overflight of the Grand Canyon's widest and deepest part, flight over Lake Powell to Monument Valley. Land and have a 90 minute 4X4 ground tour into the Navajo Tribal Park to John Ford's Point, then return to Gouldings Lodge for a Navajo Taco lunch before your return flight on a more direct route over Meteor Crater and back to Phoenix. Marvel at the incredible scenery when flying over Tonto National Forest! Experience the beauty of one of Arizona's largest man-made lakes. See one of the most iconic landscapes in the Southwest.

  • Navajo Taco Lunch
  • Scenic Air Tour
  • Jeep Tour of Monument Valley
  • 3 Passenger minimum
  • Transportation to and from the airport

Additional Info

Infants are required to sit on an adults lap

Suitable for all physical fitness levels

A minimum of 3 people per booking is required

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Took a trip out of Page. Sherry who checked us in is fabulous. Brandon our pilot was awesome. An amazing 90 min flight, well narrated. So glad we took the trip.

Excellent tour! This was the only way for us to see Monument Valley since the Reservation is still closed. We flew around Lake Powell and landed at Monument Valley after flying around for us to view. A Navajo guide told us about Navajo life and then drove us out to see part of the valley that is currently accessible. We then took off and flew over to view the Grand Canyon from the air. Awesome!

We booked that flight and were already pretty excited. That flight was topping our expectations and we were speechless. Already the booking was very fast and always so friendly. Re-bookings we could make uncomplicated. Arriving at the airport was fairly easy and we got a warm welcome. Our pilot always took care for us before, during and after the flight. While flying we got a guided tour over the headphones. Definitely recommendable!!!

I could not be happier with the services provided by Westwind Air Service. Gathering tour details, options, and pricing was a breeze through their texting service, and once I submitted the web booking, the Westwind team was quick to confirm the reservation. "Check-in" at the Page, AZ airport was quick, and we were on the tarmac in fewer than 2 minutes upon our arrival in the terminal. The professional, yet friendly pilot provided a great pre-flight experience, and also offered lots of good information while in-flight. I also enjoyed the professionally produced audio tour that was available through the noise-blocking headsets. The group took hundreds of great photos throughout the trip, and we learned a ton from the Navajo guide while visiting Monument Valley. I highly recommend booking a tour with Westwind Air Service - it will be a trip you will cherish and never forget.

My husband and I totally enjoyed this trip. The fly over the canyon was something you just have to experience, words can't describe it. If you're taking a trip to the canyon you must fly over the canyon. The only confusing thing for us was Westwind subcontracts the Jeep part of the tour, so we got a little confused with the tipping protocol. We planned on tipping at the end for the whole trip, but once we figured out that Westwind subcontracted the Jeep we hadn't tipped the pilot for the fly over trip. I don't think we were the only ones confused because no one in our party tipped him. Fortunately, the pilot on the way back was his friend, so we gave him the tip for both him and the other pilot. Perhaps that may be something you could make clear to the customers. Other than that it was a great afternoon.

What a delight. The flight form Phoenix to the Grand Canyon via Sedona was fascinating. Having spent a few days at south rim it was great to get a different perspective. Then on the the marvels of Monument Valley - Hard to describe and do justice. A Navajo tac lunch and then a flight back rounded out a great day. The staff and pilots were great. All in all well worth the money.

Our pilot, Burt C., was excellent, professional, and quite knowledgeable about our trip to Monument Valley. We were excited to stop in Sedona to pick up another couple to head over the gorgeous Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, Painted Desert, and land in Monument Valley to take the ground tour. OMG!!! The views were awesome!!!!!! Pictures didn't do the landscape justice....you have to experience this trip once in a lifetime. :<) Arizona is quite beautiful and thank you West wind employees, tour guides & great pilot for the well planned opportunity to experience such a successful trip! Deb R.

My wife and I were recently driving across the country, and we had only a handful of hours to take in places like the Grand Caynon, Bryce Canyon, and Arches National Park. On a whim I looked up flights over Monument Valley, and found the Westwind Air Service tour options. Boy am I glad that I did - yes, it's a splurge, but you get SO much for your money. We had a prop plane to ourselves and got to see the Grand Canyon, Navajo Mountain, Lake Powell, Rainbow Arch, Black Mesa, and best of all Monument Valley, where we were flying in and around the buttes. Our pilot Jordan was professional yet laid back, and offered additional information about the area not normally included on the audio guides. We took so many pictures of this incredible part of the country, and I feel like we were able to see so much more than if we'd been driving. If we had had a week or more to explore the area, we might have foregone the money (and probably spent it on lodging) - but with a time crunch, this was an incredible way to see some of the most beautiful places on earth. I wouldn't hesitate to fly with Westwind Air again! Thank you!!

We very much enjoyed our Monument Valley tour with Westwind Air. We would not have been able to experience the region and see so much of the Grand Canyon if it wasnt for this tour as it would have been way too far for us to drive and they put together a wonderful, convenient day that allowed us to see the majesty of the Grand Canyon that you cannot hike and Horseshoe Bend and Lake Powell and flew us right to the entrance of Monument Valley where we were met by a tour guide and taken privately around the park and treated to a delicious lunch and dropped right back to our plane and flown back to Sedona. It was comprehensive and efficient and we got so much accomplished in a very comfortable way. I was very grateful this existed! Everything ran on time and I would recommend this company and their tours.

Our pilot, Jameson, is a skilled and knowledgeable a who ensured that we were comfortable throughout our tour. He pointed out many interesting landmarks, and he was very friendly and thoughtful. Also, Gayle, who booked our tour, was very helpful and she quickly followed up whenever we emailed her with questions. The plane was clean and the scenery was amazing! We have been to the Grand Canyon before, but seeing it from above is a “must do.” Also, we will never forget Monument Valley...WOW! Seeing MV by land and air was spectacular and allowed us to complete one more item on our bucket list! Plus, flying to MV saved us hours in the car! We recommend Westwinds!

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Phoenix to Monument Valley: A Guide to the Iconic Desert Scenery

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It’s a bit of a drive from Phoenix to Monument Valley, but worth it to explore some of the most iconic desert scenery in the United States.

The sandstone buttes have been commercialized and used as movie set backdrops, but a visit here will give you a greater appreciation for the land, which is managed by the Navajo Parks and Recreation Department.

Key Info: Phoenix to Monument Valley

  • It’s a 5-hour drive.
  • Consider an overnight in Kayenta or Medicine Hat.
  • Arriving before the gates open at 8:00am is key!

Where to Stay Near Monument Valley

It’s not a day trip from Phoenix to Monument Valley, so you’ll have to spend the night somewhere.

You can stay in one of a variety of hotels in the nearby town of Kayenta, or right at the big lodge in the Tribal Park.

Another option would be to travel farther north to Medicine Hat, UT.

Maybe combine it with a trip to Arches National Park in Moab, Utah, which is about three hours north?

You can use this interactive map to see prices and availability for your dates:

The Best Tours of Monument Valley

While you can drive the loop through the park on your own, there are a variety of tour options at Monument Valley.

Hiring a Navajo guide will get you into parts of the Tribal Park that are inaccessible to the general public.

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Horseback Riding Tours at Monument Valley

Horseback tours are very popular at Monument Valley.

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At the visitor center, the guides will assign you a horse based on your experience, weight, and height.

Over about two hours, the horseback tour will go to the Mitten Buttes and Merick Butte, followed by Sentinel Mesa.

How to Get from Phoenix to Monument Valley

It’s a drive!

In fact, the five-hour drive from Phoenix is what kept me from traveling to Monument Valley for years. It was always just “a little too far” for a drive.

Monument Valley spans the Arizona-Utah border.

The nearest town is Kayenta, which can be used as a base for exploring the region.

What to Expect at Monument Valley

In spots, the sandstone buttes rise from the desert along the border of Arizona and Utah, some of which are 1,000 feet tall.

Right from the visitors’ center, you’ll recognize two of the most famous sites: Mittens Butte and Merrick Butte.

Monument Valley Entry Fee Cost

The fee is $20 per car, and you may have to pay an extra $6 or $8 per person in the car, though we just paid the flat $20.

💡 PRO TIP : Get there early, before the official opening!

The park gates officially open at 8:00am, but the toll booths where they sell tickets open earlier. I’d suggest arriving by 7:30 (or earlier) to line up at the park’s entrance.

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At 8:00am, the line of cars inches forward, as a staff member checks each in for the day. It can be a slow process!

Monument Valley Entry Fee

The Rules at Monument Valley

The land is considered sacred by the Navajo Nation, and strict rules govern everything from drones to hiking off the roads and trails.

You can take a guided tour, or drive through on your own. You’ll need a guide to go to certain parts of Monument Valley, like Secret Valley and Hunts Mesa.

Drones are not allowed in the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park.

Navajo Culture

You’ll learn about the Navajo Nation at the Tribal Park. As you enter, you’ll drive by traditional dwellings, called “hogans.”

Hogans are typically built with logs or poles, which are then covered with a layer of mud. The roof is usually conical or dome-shaped, with a central opening known as the smoke hole, which allows smoke from the central fireplace to escape.

Hogans at Monument Valley Tribal Park

How to Get to Forrest Gump Point

Get up before dawn, and make your way to “ Forrest Gump Point, ” which you can find in Google Maps. It’s between the Arizona-Utah line and Mexican Hat, UT. If you’ve seen the movie, you’ll recognize the role this site plays in Forrest’s run across the country.

Jared Dillingham on a trip from Phoenix to Monument Valley

You’ll catch a beautiful sunrise, over the familiar scene of the long highway leading up to the buttes. It’s US Highway 163, and it’s open 24/7. There are places to pull off to the side to take photos. The speed limit is reduced to 35mph because so many people show up to take pictures walking down the road.

We saw only one other person along the stretch up before dawn to get the best light.

From here, make your way to the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, which is about 20 minutes south.

Monument Valley in the Movies

The Tribal Park features the vistas made famous in old Western movies. One of the trails is even named after John Wayne.

The John Ford Viewpoint is perhaps the most recognizable. It includes a parking area, a small cafe, a few vendors, and a number of photo ops.

Jared Dillingham on a day trip from Page, AZ, to Monument Valley

It’s named after the movie director, John Ford, who used Monument Valley in his films from the late 1930s into the 1950s.

Truth be told, I think the best photos here would be at sunset, rather than sunrise… but I’ll have to explore that on my next trip!

How Much Time to Spend at Monument Valley

The 17-mile park loop, depending on how long you stop to take photos at different sites, will take about two hours to drive through.

Hiking off the road is prohibited completely. The visit to this area really just involves driving to different sites to park and take photos.

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Best Time to Visit Monument Valley from Phoenix

As always, it’s best to hit Monument Valley in an “off-season.” We went on President’s Day in February of 2022, and the crowds were minimal.

It’ll snow in the winter, and can hit triple digits in the summer.

I’d suggest getting there *before the park opens, to get your car in line at the entry. I’ve had other friends go at all times of the day, and they say it’s been fine … but I do my best to avoid crowds.

The timing works well if you start at the Forrest Gump Viewpoint on the highway before sunrise. From there, it’s a beautiful 20-minute drive to the Tribal Park entry.

Jared Dillingham on a trip from Phoenix to Monument Valley

FAQs About a Trip from Phoenix to Monument Valley

Let’s go over a few more frequently-asked-questions about a visit to Monument Valley from Phoenix. Some of these were already answered above.

Can you do a day trip from Phoenix to Monument Valley?

Not really. If you don’t mind 10-hours driving time and just a quick tour through the park I suppose it would work. Really, you should spend the night somewhere and make it a two-day trip.

How Many miles is it from Phoenix to Monument Valley?

It’s about 320 miles from Phoenix to the Tribal Park.

What’s the cost to enter Monument Valley?

It’s $20 per car to enter the Tribal Park.

Can you visit Monument Valley in the winter?

Yes, the Monument Valley Tribal Park is open all year.

Is Monument Valley too hot in the summer?

While the heat can reach into the triple digits, Monument Valley is still open all summer. There’s not a lot of shade cover, so you’ll rely on your car’s AC!

On a drive from Phoenix to Monument Valley

What Else is Near Monument Valley?

If you have more time on a trip from Phoenix to Monument Valley, check out these other sites in Northern Arizona. The Page, AZ, area is full of amazing sites to see!

➡️ Things to Do in Page, AZ

➡️ Hiking Around Page, AZ

➡️ Day Trips from Page, AZ

➡️ White Pocket

➡️ Horseshoe Bend

➡️ The Wave

➡️ Alternatives to the Wave

📍 Antelope Canyon (Also in Page, AZ)

➡️ Antelope Canyon X

➡️ Cardiac Canyon

➡️ Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon

➡️ Antelope Canyon in Winter

➡️ Airports Near Antelope Canyon

📍 Elsewhere in AZ

➡️ Snow in Arizona

➡️ Edge of the World

➡️ Camelback Mountain

➡️ Picacho Peak

➡️ Devil’s Bridge, Sedona

Is it Worth the Drive from Phoenix to Monument Valley?

Monument Valley is a unique spot, which holds significant cultural importance for the Navajo Nation. In addition to taking in the breathtaking vistas, you’ll walk away with a greater understanding of the culture and history of the Navajo people.

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  • The Painted Desert
  • Monument Valley
  • John Ford Point
  • East & West Mittens
  • The North Window
  • The Totem pole
  • Rain-God Mesa
  • Extreme scenery
  • Lunch Included
  • Travel up Oak Creek Canyon Scenic Byway if picked up in Sedona
  • Views of Arizona’s tallest mountains
  • Travel through the Navajo Nation
  • Stop for browsing at Historic Cameron Trading Post
  • Views of Painted Desert Cliffs
  • Guided off road tour into Monument Valley Tribal Park
  • Spectacular rock formations and photo opportunities
  • Lunch (included)

EXPERIENCE : Our Monument Valley tour features spectacular scenery and Native American culture.  Begin with a scenic drive up Oak Creek Canyon and views of Arizona’s highest mountain

peaks. Then continue through tall pine forests and onto the Navajo Nation for a stop at historic Cameron Trading Post with its broad selection of souvenirs and Native American arts and crafts.

Learn about the Navajo people and their fascinating culture as you travel across their lands with our professional guide. Upon arrival at Monument Valley, you’ll be treated to a delicious lunch (included) with panoramic views. Next, you’ll embark on a backcountry journey via the scenic drive through Monument Valley Tribal Park with amazing views of rock formations like The Mittens, Rain God Mesa, and John Ford Point. It’s easy to see why Hollywood chose Monument Valley for so many memorable films from John Wayne westerns to Forrest Gump. Have your camera ready as the photo opportunities are endless.

* Please Note:   In Flagstaff, we provide complementary pickup for all hotels within Flagstaff City Limits only.

Monument Valley from Sedona and *Flagstaff Arizona :

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Take a journey to the land of the Navajo, on this fascinating and incredibly scenic tour to the heart of Navajo Country.  This is one of the most remarkable, beautiful and famous landscapes in the world, early recognized by Hollywood as a stunning background for western films.

Your journey will begin with a scenic drive up the famous Oak Creek Canyon.  From there, we travel through the San Francisco Volcanic fields en route to the famous and historic Cameron Trading Post.  Along the way, your professional guide will be telling stories and entertaining questions about the Navajo people – their history and culture.  Once at Monument Valley Tribal Park, you will be treated to stupendous views of the red rock monoliths that has been the inspiration to everyone from Navajo Medicine Men to Hollywood directors. Lunch is included.

Adults...................$299 (plus tax) Children (6-11).....$279 (plus tax)* Full-day -  Lunch Included **This Tour is only available on Wednesdays


Departs Sedona Wednesday only 6-6:30 am and returns approximately 6-6:30pm. (Duration

12 hours) Departs Flagstaff Wednesday 7-7:30am and returns approximately 5-5:30pm. (Duration 10 hours)

* Please Note:  In Flagstaff, we provide complementary pickup for all hotels within Flagstaff City Limits only.

This tour can be upgraded to a private tour experience.

Travel with only your family and friends!  You may want to convert any of our Grand Canyon Adventures (excluding Train Tours) to a Private Experience for only $100 more (plus tax) per guest.  Enjoy our scenic tours with just your private party and our fun, safe, and informative Tour Guide. (Minimum of 4 people for private tour) (Sedona Tour Minimum of 2 People for Private Tour)

All prices are subject to local sales tax and do not include gratuities. 15% - 20% is the average gratuity if you enjoyed your tour. 

Cancelation Policy:

Full refunds are offered on cancellations made 48 hours prior to the scheduled tour departure with the following exceptions:

All Train bookings require 72-hour cancellation for a refund.

Antelope Canyon Tours requires 72-hour cancellation and Guests must have good mobility.  Colorado River Float Trip Tour: 7-day prior cancellation notice, no exceptions.

We now offer trip protection insurance for our travelers.  Cancellation details for any custom tour program will be contained in your group contract. Please refer to your contract for details. Cancellations must be received in writing or by facsimile to Arizona Tour & Travel Group.

·         Tour prices and availability are subject to change without notice. ·         *Children 8 and under must be in a guest-owned car seat or booster seat.

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Monument Valley Tours: The Best Guided Tours in the Navajo Nation

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Visiting Monument Valley is definitely a top destination for most people who are planning a trip to the West Coast . Besides being a true masterpiece of nature, its fame has grown out of all proportion since director John Ford immortalized it, when it appeared for the first time in a movie in his film Red Shadows (starring John Wayne). The importance of the American director’s work is underlined by the fact that the John Ford Point , one of the most famous and appreciated observation points in the area, is dedicated to his memory.

How do I organize a tour of Monument Valley? You may ask. To answer this question you must first decide how you want to visit it . You are faced with two options, either you do it on your own or you take a guided tour . We will now try to evaluate the pros and cons of the two choices and look at all the Monument Valley tours from which you can choose.

Why Choose a Guided Tour?

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To tell the truth, the road is still passable even with cars that are not four-wheel drive, but it is a very personal choice. For example, I didn’t feel comfortable (probably nothing would have happened, but if something were to happen, it could have spelled disaster for my vacation) and after giving it some thought, I preferred not to take the risk. If you want to learn about additional factors to consider when planning a trip to Monument Valley, you can also take a look at our article dedicated to the climate of Monument Valley .

Here are the advantages of a guided tour:

  • If you choose a guided tour of Monument Valley , first of all, there will be a guide available to assist you. This is certainly a good thing, since you will be accompanied by someone who knows the area very well and can show you all the secrets and curiosities of the valley, so you don’t necessarily have to study up beforehand what you are going to visit. Remember that these places have a great spiritual value for the Navajo and it is very interesting to learn about their stories and beliefs.

Guided Tour Monument Valley

  • Organized tours will allow you to enjoy truly unique experiences , such as joining Monument Valley horseback tours or seeing views on trails that otherwise would be inaccessible  if you were going along Valley Drive on your own.

On the other hand, you may need to take into account may be the cost of the tour , but this is something that only you can judge. So let’s see which tours are available by dividing them according to the place of departure.

Tours Departing from Monument Valley

The meeting point of these tours is from the parking lot of The View Hotel , which is located at the beginning of Valley Drive. The price of these tours does not include admission to Monument Valley , which you can pay upon arrival at the park. With regard to the times that the tours are scheduled, we recommend that you pay close attention to the unique time zone of Arizona and the Navajo Nation in order to avoid unpleasant misunderstandings. In order to get to the tour on time, we recommend that you arrive at least 15 minutes before the departure of each tour.

Safari Monument Valley

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Monument Valley horseback tours

In Lower Monument Valley, you will also find  Hunts Mesa , a plateau that gives you a unique view of the valley below, that we described in another article -> Hunts Mesa . The area is very remote and the only way to visit it is through a Navajo guided tour that will allow you, not only to visit this area that does not see as much tourism, but also to spend the night camping on the plateau. Departure is about 5 hours before sunset from the parking lot of The View (but there is also the option to get picked-up from the main hotels in Kayenta ). You will arrive at the plateau is about two hours before sunset. While you are taking all your photos, the guide will take care of setting up the area for the night. In the morning, you can admire the beautiful landscape at sunrise!

In addition to the tours that we have described, there are others managed directly by the Navajo Indians, which will give you the opportunity, for example, to go horseback riding along the trails of the Monument Valley. You can find all the information about these tours by visiting their official website , although in many cases you can book your tour only by phone or email, without receiving much additional information before the tour.

Monument Valley tour from Flagstaff

If you are staying in the nearby town of Sedona , you can advantage of this tour as well. Simply indicate Sedona as your place of departure when you book the tour.

Tours departing from Phoenix

Although Phoenix , Arizona’s capital city, is quite far from Monument Valley (about a 5-hour drive), there are two tours that depart from here. Let’s look at the details of these tours.

Monument Valley air tour

Unfortunately, you will not be flying over the entire Monument Valley area , but you will have the opportunity to visit it, once you land, with a 4×4 vehicle that will take you to see the characteristic rock formations of the valley. Once the tour is over, you will have lunch at Goulding’s Lodge , which is included in the price, before resuming your flight back to Phoenix. The entire tour lasts approximately 8 hours and does not include hotel pick-up service, which can be arranged for an additional fee. A contribution of approximately $20 for fuel will be added to the total price. The aircraft used for this tour are all high wing planes , which will allow you to enjoy the view from your windows without being obstructed by the airplane’s wings.

Monument Valley tour from Phoenix

On the first day, you will be taken to Sedona , where you will take part in a jeep excursion to discover the mysterious energy vortices in the area. The second day will be dedicated to visiting the Grand Canyon National Park . On the third day, you will visit Monument Valley, where you will also see a live demonstration in the Navajo hogan . On the fourth day, you will visit the Homolovi Ruins, the Hopi Cultural Center and the Walpi village in the First Mesa . The last day is dedicated to returning to Phoenix. The price of the tour includes pick-up from the hotels, 4 nights at the hotel, jeep tours and excursion to the Monument Valley, plus all entrance fees to the places you will visit. Meals are not included.

NOTE: Currently, this tour is not available.

Monument Valley Tour from Las vegas

In addition to Monument Valley, you will be able to visit  Antelope Canyon , the natural wonders of Sedona , Horseshoe Bend , Lake Powell and Valley of Fire . Included in the price of the tour is a guided tour, transport in a 15 -passenger van or bus (depending on request), two nights in a hotel with breakfast included, a jeep tour of Monument Valley with lunch and access to the facilities you will visit. Not included in the price are pick-up service and lunches when not specifically mentioned.

Warning: Operating hours can change and closures for extraordinary events can occur, so we strongly suggest to check the venues official websites.

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Navajo Nation Parks & Recreation

Monument Valley Tour Operators

Navajo nation park & recreation.

To book a guided tour in Monument Valley, please select a tour operator from the list below.

There are tour guides available upon arrival.

Hours of Operation:

The Monument Valley 17- mile loop is accessible by vehicle only. You can purchase Entry Fee and Guided tour upon your arrival. RV’s, Camper van’s, motorcycles and Large SUV’s or Off-Road Vehicles are Prohibited on the valley drive. Valley drive has rough terrain and deep sand dunes.

Entry to all Navajo Tribal Park areas are enter at your own risk. Dogs are Prohibited at all Navajo Tribal Park locations.

Designated Hiking Trails are at your own risk. We ask that you sign in/out at each location for trail usage. Trails are open during Navajo Tribal Park Hours of Operations 8am to 5pm. Please wear comfortable clothing and be prepared for unpredictable weather, always stay hydrated and be aware of your surroundings.

The mask mandate has been lifted and the use of a mask is at your discretion.

All Navajo Tribal Parks are Closed on: Thanksgiving Day, NN Family Day (day after Thanksgiving), Christmas Day, New Year’s Day.

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park Security will be on duty and monitoring the area.


Monument Valley Guided Tour Operators

  • Bennett Tours   ph. 928-221-9975
  • Sacred Monument Tours, LLC    toursacred.com   ph. 435-727-3218
  • Phillips Photography Tours   monumentvalley.com     ph. 928-429-0040
  • Explore Monument Valley  ph. 928-429-1959
  • Navajo Spirit Tours   ph. 435-444-7773
  • RGJ Inc dba Goulding’s Tour    ph. 435-727-3225
  • Roy Black’s Guided Tours   ph. 928-429-0637
  • Valley View Guided Tours  ph. 435-485-0103
  • Monument Valley Tribal Tours     ph. 385-347-6243
  • Monument Valley Holiday Tour   ph. 928-489-1732
  • Mitten View Tours        ph. 928-429-4672
  • Hunt’s Mesa Off-Road Trails – UTV Tour  Call/Text: 928-302-8398
  • Monument Valley Tribal Tours  ph. 385-347-6243
  • Tinhorn Tour   ph. 928-489-9128
  • MV Dineh Bekeyah Tours   ph. 928-409-0088
  • MV Twin Warriors Tours   ph. 928-429-8628
  • Sandstone Tours     ph. 435-200-5450
  • Monument Valley Rain God Mesa Tours   ph. 928-606-9422
  • Monument Valley Safari, LLC     ph. 435-220-0539
  • Three Sister Navajo Guided Tours    ph. 602-327-2472
  • Blackwater Tours    ph. 435-727-3312
  • Monumental Tours    ph. 435-444-9529
  • Tinhorn Tours    ph. 928-383-0783
  • Monument Valley Tours   ph. 435-727-3313.

Horse Trail Rides

  • Dineh Trail Rides  ph. 928-209-2692
  • Tse Bii Trail Rides  ph. 928-489-2593

San Juan River Tours

  • Tse’kooh Outfitters    ph. 928-301-7060
  • Ancient Wayves River and Hiking Adventures  ph. 505-239-8505
  • Dzil Taah Adventures, LLC.  ph. 928-429-8531.

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Monument Valley

Monument Valley might be the most iconic images of the American Southwest. If you're planning on visiting and want a logistical run down of how to make it happen, here it is. Monument Valley is located on the Arizona and Utah borders in the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. There is only one main road through Monument Valley, US 163, which offers the most famous images of Monument Valley. Once you get the park itself, there is an admission fee:

  • Per Vehicle Pass: $20 per non-commercial vehicle up to 4 people ($6 each additional passenger)
  • Per Individual Pass: $10 per walk-in, bicycle, or motorcycle
  • Commercial Pass: (based on capacity of vehicle)
  • 1-4 Passengers: $35 (additional $6 each)

Once you're in the park, you'll want to do the Valley Drive. It's basically the only road visitors can drive on without a tour guide. This road is rough but drivable without 4WD; but after a good rain fall, this road is nearly undrivable even for the most capable of vehicles. Valley Drive is 17 miles of dirt road which starts at the visitor center and heads southeast amongst the towering cliffs and mesas. It takes you past 11 numbered stops at the most scenic places, one of the most famous being Totem Pole, the 450 ft spire that is only a few meters wide. A typical journey around the loop takes at least 2 hours. Visitors are not allowed to hike away from the road closer towards any of the formations on the Valley Drive, but there are several guided tours that do take guests on hikes. Typical rates for guided tours begin around $75 for a 2 hour trip and can includes exploring ancient cave and cliff dwellings, natural arches, and even petroglyphs. This is the basic Monument Valley experience. Some visitors get their fill of this magnificent area just by driving the Valley Drive and taking picutres, other guests crave a true Southwest or Native American cultural experience. If you are the latter, it is recommended that you purchase your guided tour and lodging from one of the small Navajo ran businesses. For each visitor who has gone this route, there tends to be a unique and special story that comes out of it.

Going on a guided tour of Monument Valley is highly recommended. Because Monument Valley is on Navajo land, much of the terrain is off limits to visitors without a guide. Part of the reason for this is to preserve the ancient rock formations and the cultural hertiage of this land, but the other reason is because Monument Valley tours and lodging is a source of inccome for the Navajo who live here. It is a priviledge to experience such a spectacular place, and paying for a tour is a great way to preserve and respect this land and its people. Almost everyone who has been on a guided tour has found it very worth while. The ability to walk among the rock formations, through arches, by cliff dwellings and petroglyphs is special, second only to the stories your Navajo guides will share with you. Many of these tours are customizable or even pre-taylored to some of the most popular activities such as photography, horse trail riding or geology tours. No matter which tour you choose, it will certainly be worthwhile.

There are only a couple of options for lodging in Monument Valley. There are two hotels, some cabins, and several camping/RV options. The nearest town is Kayenta, which has a couple more hotels that are more familiar brands. But booking your stay with a Navajo tour company that offers camping on their land is also an incredible experience for those who do not require any amenities. Backcountry permits are also available for those who wish to camp at designated campsites within the park. Find and book Monument Valley hotels, camping and backcountry permits .

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10 Best Weekend Trips From Phoenix

W hether you're a local looking to get away for a bit or want to enhance your extended visit to the city, there are so many great options for weekend trips from Phoenix.

Within a short drive, you'll reach awesome destinations where you can indulge in self-care, visit historical sites, go on an outdoor adventure, and enjoy world-class cuisine.

The more time I spend in Arizona the more it fuels my wanderlust and I realize that there’s still abundant places to keep exploring in the Southwest.

The great city of Phoenix has so much to offer when it comes to culture, history, and entertainment. But the truth is that it's also a great idea to head out of the city for a few fabulous days exploring new places.

It’s all here in this list of the best weekend getaways from Phoenix .

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1.   Prescott (1 hour 30 minute drive)

For those looking for great outdoor adventures and intriguing historical sites, Prescott is one of the best weekend trips from Phoenix.

Sitting at an elevation of around 5,400 feet you’ll notice much cooler temps in Prescott compared to Phoenix.

And with the cooler temps you’ll love hiking the rock formations of The Granite Dells at Watson Lake and getting out on the lakes for fun on the water. You can check out our list of 5 beautiful lakes around Prescott and find just the right one for your current mood.

History buffs will love touring downtown with its historic buildings, visiting Sharlot Hall Museum , checking out artifacts plus learning about Native American culture at the Museum of Indigenous People.

Definitely grab a drink at an old western saloon along Whiskey Row.

2.   Sedona (2 hour drive)

When you’re looking to get away from it all, Sedona is seriously one of the absolute best weekend trips from Phoenix.

In just 2 hours, you’ll be in Sedona's beautiful red rock landscape.

Get into nature by hitting the trails on foot or mountain bike. When you're ready to chill out and find your Zen, Sedona has got you covered.

Visit the Sedona vortexes and feel the vibe. Or head over to the Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park for some relaxing and meditative moments with gorgeous views.

Spas will help you relax and unwind. Sedona's great selection of restaurants will get you recharged.

3.   Grand Canyon National Park (3.5 hour drive)

The Grand Canyon is a no-brainer if you’re looking for the best weekend trips from Phoenix that add to your bucket list.

In just about a 3.5 hour drive, you’ll be able to check off a major bucket list item.

During a weekend you can definitely achieve some of the incredible activities in Grand Canyon National Park

If you plan it just right, you can do things like rafting on the Colorado River , visit the Yavapai Geology Museum , and of course hiking Bright Angel Trail .

4.   Page and Antelope Canyon (4 hour 15 minute drive)

Page is the place if you're looking for some of the most incredible weekend trips from Phoenix for outdoor experiences.

In Page you'll find both Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon , two of the most iconic natural formations in the US. Just make sure to plan your visit and make reservations in advance for Antelope Canyon.

For a chance to see the sunlight streaming down through the red sandstone slot canyon book the Upper Antelope Canyon tour around midday. This is the easiest tour because it’s basically flat with no stairs to climb and no ladders.

You can also tour Lower Antelope Canyon which is a bit more narrow and requires climbing a couple of staircases and some ladders inside the canyon.

I did both tours and I preferred the lower canyon because I felt it had more photo opportunities but both tours were fantastic, well organized, fun, and informative. Antelope Canyon is located on Navajo land and the tours are run by the Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation.

Page is also home to Lake Powell and Glen Canyon National Recreation Center which have tons to do outdoors. Water levels at Lake Powell have fluctuated a lot lately with drought and then recovering to more normal levels with spring run off and more rain.

Read our list of the best things to do in Page AZ

5.   Flagstaff (2 hour 20 minute drive)

Most people know Flagstaff as a great home base for visiting the Grand Canyon or as a stop on Route 66.

But the truth is Flagstaff is a super cool destination all on its own and it's less than 3 hours from Phoenix.

A superb place for outdoor enthusiasts, your Flagstaff itinerary will be packed with everything from mountain biking Shultz Pass Loop and hitting the hiking trails like Campbell Mesa Loop or Picture Canyon .

Don’t miss checking out Walnut Canyon , the Lava River Cave, Wupatki National Monument or the Lowell Observatory . All these make Flagstaff one of the best weekend trips from Phoenix.

Another thing I love about Flagstaff is all the unique coffee shops. Check out Macy’s European Coffee House & Bakery at 14 S Beaver Street in central Flagstaff. Coffee + bakery what else do you need?

Okay, maybe you're like me and you need beer after a hike, in that case I recommend Mother Road Brewing at 7 S Mikes Pike St is just off Route 66 for craft brewery with indoor/outdoor seating. Plus the patio is dog friendly so you can bring your furbaby. Also check out Lumberyard Brewing at 5 S San Francisco St is in the heart of Flagstaff. This microbrewery has a patio with firepit and a pub grub menu.

For more ideas and adventures read our list of 45 fun things to do in Flagstaff!

6.   Tucson (1 hour 45 minute drive)

In just about a 2 hour drive from Phoenix you’ll be in the great city of Tucson, making it one of the best weekend trips from Phoenix.

Looking for outdoor adventure in Tucson? Hop over to Saguaro National Park or check out the trails at Sabino Canyon .

You can also take a gorgeous scenic drive up to Mount Lemmon. And because the elevation is so much higher than Tucson it's several degrees cooler at Mount Lemmon.

There's even a skiing in winter. In summer you can take the ski lift to the top for some fabulous views and then hike back down.

For history just head to El Presidio Historic District where there are historic sites and museums.

Don't worry about what to eat – Tucson's restaurant scene is so good it's been designated as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy. My fave taco place is Seis Kitchen over at 130 South Avenida del Convento near downtown but there are lots of great taco joints in Tucson.

Also check out Hotel Congress where a famous gangster named John Dillinger once stayed. Besides the historic significance the hotel is home to the Cup Cafe which is my favorite place for breakfast or brunch downtown. When you want to chillax Tiger's Tap Room is the place to be. They've got all sorts of cool artwork including the largest collection of Pete Martinez cowboy artwork in the world.

Read our Tucson Guide for more info including where to stay in Tucson.

7.   Monument Valley (5 hour drive)

Movie fans will have no problem with the 5 hour drive to visit Monument Valley. Why? Its incredible landscape has been used at the setting of numerous films including Easy Rider, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and the blockbuster Forrest Gump.

You'll love spending time in Monument Valley as it’s totally one of the best weekend getaways from Phoenix for anyone who loves road trips.

One of the best things to do is drive the Tribal Park Loop. It will take you past some of the most iconic sites in the valley and you’ll see why this awesome landscape has been used in the movies.

For sure it’s a long drive from Phoenix to Monument Valley so make it a long weekend!

8.   Tonto National Forest (1 hour – 2 hour drive)

Located about an hour from downtown, Tonto National Forest is one of the best weekend getaways from Phoenix. When in Arizona’s largest forest, exploring the beautiful landscape is an absolute must.

One of my favorite Arizona hikes is the Wave Cave at Tonto National Forest .

You’ll love kayaking Saguaro Lake and hiking Rim Lakes Vista Overlook . See the Salado cliff dwellings at Tonto National Monument.

Don’t miss out on visiting Tortilla Flat or looking for spirits at Goldfield Ghost Town .

9.   Las Vegas (5 hour drive)

Sin City doesn't really need an introduction. We all know that this fabulous city has it all from spectacular nightlife to world-class entertainment, restaurants, shops, and resorts.

You don’t even need to set foot in the casinos, there’s tons of fun things to do besides gambling .

If you’re itching to get away to Las Vegas for the weekend it’s only a 5 hour drive from Phoenix.

If you want to get there faster, a flight only takes an hour making it one of the most convenient weekend getaways from Phoenix.

10.   Lake Mead Recreation Area (4.5 hour drive)

Lake Mead is located only 4.5 hours away and is a major contender among the best long weekend trips from Phoenix.

One of the best things to do is to see Lake Mead from various perspectives.

It's a different experience when seeing it from a lake cruise , driving along the Northshore Drive , biking the River Mountains Bike Loop Trail , and (of course) from the top of Hoover Dam .

Each offers something totally different. You'll love doing it all.

Final Thoughts

Whether you choose to drive or fly there are plenty of options for great weekend trips from Phoenix. Within a short trip, you'll be able to escape into any of a number of incredible getaways for a change of scene. Take your pick from anything from the natural beauty in America's National Parks to throwing caution to the wind in Las Vegas "Sin City" - this list has it all. Where will your next weekend getaway take you?

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  • Scenic, narrated flight over the most beautiful parts of Arizona
  • Hiking tour of Antelope Canyon
  • Continue scenic flight on to Monument Valley
  • 4×4 tour at Monument Valley into the Navajo Tribal Park
  • Box lunch on ground tour at Monument Valley (Navajo taco)

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Tour Itinerary

Check in at the Deer Valley Airport in the morning for your scenic, narrated flight over the some of the most scenic parts of Arizona, direct to Page.

After landing at Page passengers will be driven to the Antelope Canyon Trailhead for a 1.5-hour hiking tour of Antelope Canyon.

After the hiking tour passengers are transported back to the airport for departure for a scenic flight over Lake Powell and on to Monument Valley.

We will land at the Gouldings Airstrip and then depart on a 90-minute, 4X4 ground tour, into the Navajo Tribal Park with a Navajo guide, up to John Ford’s Point, and stopping for photo opportunities on the way back down.

During your ground tour, a box lunch will be provided. Finally return to the airplane for your direct flight back to Phoenix, over the vast high desert and Meteor Crater.

Please note the Antelope Canyon tour is quite strenuous and not suitable for anyone with mobility challenges.  This tour is extremely popular, so bookings should be made at least 3-4 weeks prior to your tour.

No bags allowed on the ground tour.

This tour will be booked on a first-come/first-served basis. We will confirm the availability with you after booking.

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