Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

In perhaps Arizona’s most remote corner lies one of perhaps the state’s most photographed and iconic rock formations: the East and West Mitten Buttes of Monument Valley.

We've made it easy to plan a side-trip from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park in southeastern Utah. We've gathered driving directions, maps, popular hiking and activities and camping & lodging information for Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park all in one place.

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Driving Directions to and from Grand Canyon National Park and Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park:

To & From the North Rim:

Directions from Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park to Grand Canyon North Rim:
Exit the Park and take US-160 West. Turn right onto US-89 North. Turn left onto US-89A North. Turn left onto Highway 67 S to the North Rim. (Total: 249 miles (400 km) - 4 hours, 36 minutes)

Directions from Grand Canyon North Rim to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park:
Take Highway 67 north and turn right onto US-89A South. Take 89A and turn right onto US-89 S. Turn left onto US-160 E. Turn left onto US-163 into Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. (Total: 249 miles (400 km) - 4 hours, 36 minutes)

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Stay overnight at The View motel in Monument Valley if you can, and you'll enjoy views of the iconic Mitten Buttes from your guestroom balcony. But you can also find lodging in nearby Kayenta, AZ; Blanding, UT; or Monticello, UT. There is a small variety of motels and hotels available within an hour of the park.

If you'd rather camp, check out the park campground (but call for details as the campground was closed recently in 2013 for renovations (435) 727-5870) or nearby Goulding's Campground (435) 727-3231.

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The best way to explore Monument Valley is to tour by car. On this 17-mile unpaved but well-graded loop drive, most of the otherworldly rock formations and outcroppings are visible, which is good because deviating from the loop is not permitted without a native guide present.

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