Touring by Car
You will get the best views of Monument Valley by taking a very bumpy 14 mile dirt road loop which winds about in among the Mittens. We suggest you spend at least a few hours driving either early morning or late afternoon, when the light is best and you can keep stopping to appreciate the view and take pictures.
Some of the highlights along the Monument Valley Route include John Ford’s Point, East and West Mitten Buttes, Artist’s Point, Totem Pole, The Three Sisters, and Elephant’s Butte. (The route is not recommended for low clearance vehicles or RV's longer than 24 feet and is not drivable when wet.)
If travelling under your own steam, you are not allowed to stray from the main road - however with a local Navajo guide you can access some of the other lesser known routes and learn about the area. Alternative tours are offered via jeep, horse riding, and hiking. If you have to turn up at a specific time, be warned, The Navajo Reservation adjusts their clocks for daylight savings time, while the rest of Arizona does not.
Try and visit Gouldings trading post museum whilst there, it is a cornucopia of artifacts from a bygone era – you can also dine at the Gouldings stagecoach.
There are several national parks and monuments near Monument Valley including Canyonlands National Park (216 miles), Four Corners Monument (105 miles), Hovenweep National Monument (91 miles), and Navajo National Monument (56 miles).