Monument Valley - United States

Monument Valley is located on the southern border of Utah with northern Arizona (around 36°59′N, 110°6′W). The valley lies within the range of the Navajo Nation Reservation, and is accessible from U.S. Highway 163. The Navajo name for the valley is Tsé Bii' Ndzisgaii (Valley of the Rocks).

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em3rica2k7 :

anyone live or taken a vacation to visit Monument Valley in Utah/Arizona?I was thinking of taking a vacation there.Ive always wanted to take a vacation to a place that reminded me of a western movie.i like the "in the middle of nowhere" feeling.and nothing to do but enjoy the scenary.

tom c :
"That is the place many western films near utah and arizona bounder( called ford valley), you need to pay indian tribe entrance fee and there are a few hotels there( more in kayenta), there is motor tour, you can drive you car around too."
from_nyc :

I am planning to go traviling to LA,Grand Canyon,Monument Valley-Las Vegas,and then come back to my place NYC.I will meet my parents at LAX airport,who will have a rent-a-car.They will drop me off at Monument valley,and continue to make the road trip.I can not take tha long days off,so I will just join them form LA to Monument Valley.I need to have some way to go to Las Vegas from Monument valley,not having car.

toomeymimi :
"Call Gouldings Trading post, they have flights that come from Las Vegas and go back to Las Vegas everyday for tours. They might be able to point you in the right direction for booking a flight with the tours. Their phone number is: 435-727-3231"
mr danger :
"Gouldings is good . Scenic airlines out of Vegas flies it once a day. .com. Two things: You will be landing on dirt airstrip and it's going to be really expensive. Make sure that you tell scenic that you only want the ride not the tour. you will save money There is another option: US Airways has flights from Farmington NM and Durango CO to LAS and if your parents are going east that may be something worth looking into It's 8.5 hrs from LAX to GCN and then around another 4 to monument valley. The cheapest gas is Kingman and Cameron AZ have fun. BTW Scenic is located across on Tropicana across the street from the Motel 6 sign"
St K :

We will be driving from Four Corners National Monument to Goulding's Lodge in Monument Valley. We are looking for a recommended route. MapQuest recommends 160W to 191N to 163S, at 103 miles and 1:49. Gouldings Lodge recommends 160W to 163N, estimated at 2 hours. Looks like there is also a route to go 160NE to 41NW to 162NW to 163SW. On the way to Four Corners, we will have already come from the intersection of 160 and 163, so taking the Goulding directions would take use back along the route we we already on. It would be fun to take a different route, but we do not want to drive too far out of our way. Thanks for the help.

Gemma :
"If you're already coming from the Kayenta area to go to Four Corners, here's the way to get back: After the jaunt up to Four Corners, get back on 160E to 41N. 41N becomes 162W when you cross into Utah. In Bluff, 162W intersects with 163S - take that back to Goulding's. Check out Hovenweep National Monument if you get close. Enjoy!!"
tragic 35 :
"If you had not already been to Kayenta, i would tell you to take the Lodge's directions...But why backtrack if you want max scenery, then I would take the Mapquest route. That route will take you by a big mountain in southern Utah. Your final route option seemed a little complicated. I am assuming you haven't seen this part of the country before. If that is true, you may not realize just how far in the middle of NO WHERE you will actually be. Stick to the main roads, and keep your gas tank full. Have fun!"
mr danger :
"Yeah I agree w/ Gemma I used to live in that part of the world too. A couple of more things: Just before you get into Mexican Hat and cross the San Juan River , you will see a sign that says Goosenecks of the San Juan State Park by all means take the detour and check the place out. Granted you are basically in the middle of nowhere but gasoline is not really the problem in that part of the world. I doubt if one could be more than 40 miles from a gas station anywhere in that part of the America. The real problem in that part of America is hospitals or lack thereof. There is a statistic that basically says that while numerically only 20% of the total auto accidents in AZ happen in rural areas something like 80% of the total fatalities from auto accidents happen in rural areas. The biggest reason for acidents is that people mis-judge the speed of oncoming traffic when doing high speed passing on two lane roads . You can tell who the locals are ; they drive slightly over to the right. Get into the habit of scanning oncoming traffic . What you're looking for is somebody pulling out around a large vehicle and coming into your lane of traffic . A couple of more reasons for accidents: The fact you're driving on open range and fences are designed to keep things OUT So it's not unheard of to be driving at high speed and all of a sudden find sheep in the road. Assuming you survive it you will have to pay for the sheep. There are many places where cellphones don't work . Add it all up and by the time that help gets to you and you get to a hospital that can take care of you , it could be hours and you may not have that long. So be careful and enjoy the area because it is truly spectacular."


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Date: 2008-02-05 16:43:13

Entry for the Round Robin Photo Challenge. The Mitten Buttes in Monument Valley.

Date: 2008-02-05 16:43:13

Discography of R.Carlos Nakai and track listings of his best new age albums Inner Voice and Inside Monument Valley

Date: 2008-02-05 16:43:13

Monument Valley is a very remote section of the Southwestern United States on the Arizona/Utah border. From looking at the pictures, it does not look like a traditional valley at all. However, the desert scenes may look very familiar to you, even if you haven't been there.

Date: 2008-02-05 16:43:13

Monument Valley with my Harley Davidson: A terrific ride. Great song as well!

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