🏜️ …one of the natural wonders of the world… 🏜️
Mesas, buttes, and desert environment…. The monument valley is truly a must see place either you are a western movie fan or not. This extraordinary place was formed by natural forces like water and wind. The valley is a part of the Colorado Plateau, and has been formed over the last 50 million years. The red color comes from iron oxide, and the monumental rocks can reach the heights of 120-300 m.
It is located on the Arizona–Utah border at the territory of the Navajo Nation Reservation, and said to be one of the most photographed place on earth. Appears in many movies like Stagecoach (1939), The Searchers (1956), Easy Rider (1969), Forrest Gump, or The Eiger Sanction (1975).
Entering the valley will cost you $20 with a non-commercial vehicle up to 4 people ($6 each additional passenger), or $10 per walk-in, bicycle, or motorcycle. After buying your ticket, you will get a map about the 30 km long scenic drive. You can take it by yourself, or you can purchase narrated guided tours.
The road is not easy to drive, the surface is rough, full of dirt, gravel and rocks. Therefore a 4×4 vehicle are recommended. You should calculate with a few hours if you want to complete the whole 30 km valley loop drive.
If you are planning to visit Monument Valley I recommend staying in Page. It is not that close to the valley (approximately 3 hours drive vice versa) but around Page you will find many more things to see like the Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend or Lake Powell.