Oljato-Monument Valley Meet the locals

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Monument Valley: Scenic 2.5-Hour Guided Tour

1. Monument Valley: Scenic 2.5-Hour Guided Tour

Enter the backcountry of Monument Valley to visit the popular arches, dwellings, and petroglyphs made by the ancient Anasazi people. Stop first to admire the Sleeping Dragon with clouds above, followed by the Chief’s Head with its bonnet of feathers.  Moving on, explore the traditional dwelling of the Navajo people known as hogans. Admire the round, cone-shaped, and multi-sided structures. With or without internal posts, they were built with timber or stonewall and packed with earth or bark. For a summerhouse, the door faces east to welcome the rising sun for wealth and good fortune. Your guide will provide information and a short demonstration of the Navajo people and their lifestyles.  Save the best for last and marvel at an arch that replicates a traditional hogan with an eagle eye looking upon you. Take a panoramic view of the Eye of the Sun, a beautifully shaped eye with sun rays beaming through it. Last will be the Ear of the Wind, standing against a steep sand dune that, if you walk up to it, you're most likely to bring home Monument Valley's souvenir: sand in your shoes.

Monument Valley: Backcountry Jeep Tour with Navajo Guide

2. Monument Valley: Backcountry Jeep Tour with Navajo Guide

See all the sights of Monument Valley on a small group tour led by a local guide. Enjoy an exclusive visit to the valley’s backcountry, which is only accessible with a Navajo guide. Visit sandstone arches and famous monuments such as the 3 sisters, John Ford Point, and Moccasin Arch. Marvel at famous sights like the Totem Pole, the Big Hogan, Sun’s Eye, North Window, and Sleeping Dragon. Stop by West and East Mitten Buttes and capture the perfect picture of this iconic landmark. Marvel at spectacular panoramas. Admire natural structures that will leave you speechless. Immerse yourself in Navajo culture. Learn about the history of this incredible place. Visit a Navajo Hogan, a traditional Navajo home. Watch a bonus rug weaving demonstration and enjoy a ceremonial music performance performed by your guide.

Monument Valley: 3-Hour Sunrise Tour with Navajo Guide

3. Monument Valley: 3-Hour Sunrise Tour with Navajo Guide

Make the most of your trip and experience an unforgettable visual spectacle that you will remember for the rest of your life. Upon arrival at Monument Valley, follow your guide to a nearby vantage point where the sun rises directly from the center of the iconic Totem Pole. Admire the sun as it rises across the vibrant landscape, and marvel as the combination of colors dances across the sky, changing the shape of famous rock formations and arches. After a breathtaking sunrise, enjoy a tour of the valley with plenty of stops along the way to take photos. See the famous West and East Mitten Buttes, John Ford Point, the Three Sisters, Moccasin Arch, the Totem Pole, The Big Hogan, Sun’s Eye, North Window, and Sleeping Dragon. Next, follow your guide into the restricted back country part of the valley that you can only visit in the company of a Navajo guide. Throughout the tour, listen to your guide share fascinating insights and anecdotes, and learn about Monument Valley and Navajo culture. Finally, visit a Navajo Hogan, a traditional Navajo home, to watch a bonus rug weaving demonstration as well as a ceremonial musical performance.

Monument Valley: Scenic 3.5-Hour Cultural Tour

4. Monument Valley: Scenic 3.5-Hour Cultural Tour

Start this popular tour with a narrated intro of the Lower Monument Valley and Back Country area focusing on Navajo culture, a deep recognition of Navajo history, and awesome geological facts. After several stops at popular areas/view points, enjoy a Hogan demonstration that displays the local lifestyle. Learn about the different ways native plants in Monument Valley are used, and take home a souvenir of the homeland inside your shoes. Intrigued yet? This fascinating tour ranges 28 miles and covers all major attracted areas and iconic overlook points. Back Country included.

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What people are saying about Oljato-Monument Valley

Monument Valley Tribal Tours and their guide Marjory were wonderful!! We were picked up as promised and taken for a tour of the areas accessible to anyone. Then we continued on to a special presentation of yarn making and rug making. The expert answered all of our questions about her presentation and about Native American life. We then continued on to other formations in the rocks and were shown things that you had to see to believe.

Spectacular guide. we had booked the day before and on the day of the tour it was just my husband and I. I had already been to Monument Valley 6 years ago on a self drive, nothing to do with booking a guide, who shows you even the most hidden places. highly recommend

This particular tour uses Navaho guides only. The tour was really nice and I’d recommend to other travelers. The music played at Big Hogan by the guide is very special.

The guide,John, is very knowledgeable, personable, and entertaining in his explanation of the area and people...

Fantastic scenery with a history of the Navajo Nation.