Merrick Butte, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

Monument Valley: Scenic 1.5-Hour Tour

1. Monument Valley: Scenic 1.5-Hour Tour

Explore Monument Valley from the comfort of an air-conditioned SUV on this guided tour from Oljato. Drive deep into the red-sand desert and stop for incredible views at look-out points. Choose from a private or a group tour experience.  Be picked up at the View Hotel in Oljato and begin the 1.5-hour drive down switch-back dirt roads. Stop at the Left and Right Mitten Butte rock formation and drive by the Merrick Butte and Elephant and Camel Butte rock formations. Admire the views at John Ford's Point, a beautiful spot named after the director who used this location to make many major western films. Ride through a beautiful landscape where many ancient natural medicines and remedies can be found.  See a 450-foot, slim-spiraled totem pole which stands before the Yeibichei Dancers kingdom. Finally, go past the North Window, where you can take in some of the best views of the day before returning to your meeting point. 

Monument Valley: 3-Hour Sunrise Tour

2. Monument Valley: 3-Hour Sunrise Tour

Depart from The View Hotel and see the glow of the sunrise over Mittens and Merrick Butte. See the Totem Pole as the sunrises before heading to your next location. Hear about the geology and history of each monument you pass from your guide as you head to the next stop, John Ford Point. Named after the director that filmed Western movies at the location, John Ford Point is filled with sweeping views of the Arizona landscape. Head to the site where the ancient Anasazi petroglyphs are located. See some of the hundreds of pictographs scattered across the area. While at the location, enjoy views of the Santa Clara River. Spot wildlife along the way and see life thriving in the desert landscape.

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4.7 / 5

based on 69 reviews

Steven, our guide was awesome! Very friendly, showed us many beautiful corners there and how to take the most beautiful souvenir photos. He also told us a lot about it. I highly recommend this tour! Definitely worth the money!!!

We went on the sunrise tour, and were thrilled with the whole tour. Our guide, Herbert, was wonderful, and an excellent photographer! This was a bucket list trip, and this tour was the highlight of the trip!

This is a stunning valley wIth wonderful mesas and buttes. There is a palpable spiritual presence in this valley. Learning about the many Hollywood sets in this place was very fun.

Our guide,Stephen, was excellent. He was very personable and informative. He was eager to answer our questions and took time with his explanations. He made our tour mist enjoyable.

We were the only guests on the tour. Had a marvelous private lecture about the scenery and the Navajo people.