Information about the Moab Monument Valley

Nothing conjures up the classic American West landscape other than the sights at the Moab Monument Valley. Thanks in large part to Hollywood, the giant buttes at this park have been forever ingrained in our collective consciousness as the very embodiment of West and everything it stands for.

It started in 1949 in the city of Moab in Utah when John Ford used the area during the production of his film, “Wagon Master.” Since then, many Westerns have been shot against the backdrop of the Moab Monument Valley.

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The Moab Monument Valley sits on the border of Arizona and Utah state line. It is situated at the Navajo Nation on the Colorado Plateau, and is accessible via Highway 163. It is best known for its giant and imposing sandstone buttes that create a dramatic natural skyline, particularly when you are driving toward it.

It is important to note that the Moab Monument Valley is not a US national park. Instead, it is a Navajo Tribal park that charges $20 per car with four passengers. An additional $10 is charged for each extra person.

Vast and scenic, the sights at Moab Monument Valley can be seen along the unpaved loop road. Guests are not allowed to deviate from this course unless they hire a Navajo guide at an additional cost to reach places like the Mystery Valley and Hunts Mesa. Depending on how fast you drive, this loop can be easily covered in under an hour. But most guests usually take a longer time than that in order to stop and appreciate the gorgeous views at Moab Monument Valley.

Climate at the Moab Monument Valley is typically marked by very cold winters and very hot summers as is typical in most desert environments. The place also has a unique flora and fauna that thrive even in the midst of extreme weather conditions.

Guests coming to the Moab Monument Valley have a couple of choices to choose from to while away time. One of the unique ways to get closer to the buttes and see how huge these rock formations are is through horseback riding. Saddle up and explore the rugged beauty of the Moab Monument Valley up close.

Otherwise, you can also choose to take a walking tour. So far, there is only one approved trail for walking, and this is the Wildcat Trail. This unpaved trail measures 3.1 miles and affords a more intimate view of the buttes.

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