We've all seen the old western movies, but nothing compares to standing in the middle of these vast deserts surrounded by these giant mesas. No photograph can give this landscape justice.
Things to know before you visit:
Monument Valley National Monument is NOT part of the National Park System, so your NPS pass will not work here. Monument Valley is on Navajo land. Click here to see current entry fees and hours.
Pets: Dogs of all sizes are allowed for no additional fee. Dogs must be leashed at all times, cleaned up after, and under their owner's control. Dogs are allowed throughout the park; they are not allowed in buildings.
I would be cautious about letting your dogs near the horse areas due to possibilities of disease, fleas, etc. Always make sure your dog's vaccinations are up to date before traveling.
There are well-maintained restrooms and a very nice visitors center/gift shop up on he hill. I found the view from outside the visitor's center to be one of the best in the park for taking Photos. Here are a few photos from outside the visitor center. There is a big rock (See photo of Patrick) that is great for group photos.
Sensory Warning: The visitor center can be crowded. It was kind of a shock to see no other humans for so long and then suddenly be in a crowded building with so many international tourists.
Kids: For the most part, Monument Valley is kid-friendly and safe. There are a few areas where you'll want to hold hands, but they are obvious and still fairly safe.
Accessibility: This park is one of best for people traveling with members who have a hard time walking because most of the park's best views are completely accessible by car. The areas to park at look out points are unpaved and mostly red dirt/rock, so there may be difficulty with wheelchairs, especially on on wet days- Thankfully there aren't too many of those.