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Monument Valley Tribal Park

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Monument Valley Tribal Park - photo ©  Teresa Plowright
photo © Teresa Plowright

When you arrive at Monument Valley, iconic buttes and bluffs will be instantly recognizable from old and new Western movies. Within the park you'll see sandstone rock formations -- including arches and eyes - of stunning beauty. (See an extensive Monument Valley Photo Gallery)

Much of Monument Valley can only be visited with a Navajo Guide; be sure to plan this in your visit, so you can glimpse the Navajo way of life that continues today. Many tours visit a hogan (traditional dwelling) where a weaver works inside. And you'll see many beautiful -- and highly photogenic-- rock formations; be sure your kids have their own cameras.

Visitors on their own can drive into a portion of the Tribal Park, or hike two trails that begin at The VIEW Hotel near the Visitors Center; but a tour with a Navajo guide is highly recommended.

By the way, expect to see many international guests taking photos by the Visitors Center: Monument Valley is a world-class destination (and is perhaps better appreciated internationally than at home.)

- continue to The VIEW Hotel, in Monument Valley

As is common in the travel industry, the writer was provided with complimentary tours for the purpose of review. While it has not influenced this review, About.com believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest. For more information, see our ethics policy.

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