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Navajo Tribal Park Monument Valley Self-Guided Driving Tour

3.8 / 5

6 reviews

Activity provider: Action Tour Guide

Navajo Tribal Park Monument Valley Self-Guided Driving Tour

Activity provider: Action Tour Guide

From US$ 10 per person

Witness the majesty of Monument Valley, where stone giants tower over vast desert flatlands, and the sky seems bigger and deeper than anywhere else on Earth.

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Audio guide included
English

Experience

Highlights
  • See all the most beautiful vistas and iconic places in Monument Valley
  • Learn the history of how this dramatic landscape formed
  • Immerse yourself in the history and legends of the Navajo
  • Get the inside scoop into Hollywood’s enduring love for the valley
  • Follow your app guide put together by local guides and creative writers
Full description
Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app which functions as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map — all in one. Your adventure into the stunning Utah landscape begins on the outskirts of the tiny town of Mexican Hat. From here, we’ll cruise across the rust-red land and crest the rise where Forrest Gump’s long run finally came to an end in the famous Tom Hanks film. This is where you’ll get your first really good look at the wonders that await. Then it’s on to Monument Valley itself. After we pass the visitor center (entrance tickets not included), we’ll learn about the mysterious Anasazi tribe, the first people who ever lived in this harsh place. They left behind ancient, advanced dwellings among the cliffs, which have been abandoned even before the Spanish arrived here. We’ll also hear about the Navajo, of course! This is their valley, after all, and the tribe has a long history here. Next, we’ll come to Wildcat Trail, the only self-guided trail in the park. From here, you can hike through some of the coolest sights the valley has to offer--as long as you bring enough water, that is! After that, we’ll see the towering formations of East Mitten Butte, West Mitten Butte, and Merrick Butte. While there, we’ll dive into the fascinating story of a silver prospector who tried to steal from this Navajo land. You can probably guess how that went for him. Our drive continues to John Ford Point, a gorgeous viewpoint named for the famous Western director John Ford. Along the way, we’ll dig into the countless Hollywood hits that have been filmed here over the years, from The Searchers to 2001: A Space Odyssey. We’ll visit the Three Sisters next. These monoliths loom 1,000 feet over the landscape and seem to defy gravity itself. Plus, we’ll give you some insights into the Navajo families who still live in this valley with no running water or electricity. On our way through the jaw-dropping scenery, we’ll learn more about the long history of the Navajo, from the dramatic tale of Navajo code talkers in World War II to the tribe’s modern presence in the country. At North Window Overlook, we’ll point out the perfect spot to catch a sunrise. Finally, we’ll end up near Camel Butte and Elephant Butte, where our tour will conclude.
Includes
  • Self-guided tour taken via Action Tour Guide app
  • Unique password (sent by email) for access
  • Live GPS map on your phone
  • Offline functionality
  • Audio narration
  • Written text explanations
  • Route from stop to stop
  • List of stops along the route
  • Entry to paid attractions
  • Vehicle rentals
  • Food or drinks
  • Transportation
  • Parking
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

This is a self-guided experience and not an entrance ticket. It begins at Monument Valley Post Office. Be sure to check your email before you begin to download the Action Tour Guide app, enter your unique password, and access your tour. These steps require good data/wifi. From there, simply follow the audio instructions and the route. Have questions? Visit Action Tour Guide’s Help page: https://actiontourguide.com/faq/

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Important information

What to bring

  • Charged Smartphone
  • Your own vehicle
  • Power bank

Know before you go

  • This is a self-guided tour; no guide will accompany you. The Action Tour Guide app functions as a guide, an audio tour, and a map.
  • Please arrange for a vehicle before you take the tour. You only need to book one tour per vehicle, not per person
  • After the booking, you will receive an email with a link to the Action Tour Guide app and a unique password to access the tour within the app
  • This tour has been developed by local guides, curated by creative writers, and narrated by professional voice artists
  • Most stops along the tour have animated videos allowing you to visualize what you cannot see, such as snapshots from different centuries or interior rooms
  • This tour is valid forever, from the moment of booking. You will not need to change the booking if your travel plans change
Customer reviews

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3.8 /5

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We have used other audio guides by this company and have been very satisfied. This one had a lot of interesting information, but the directions and the GPS were not nearly as good. We had to listen to certain sections that somehow were missed while we were driving.

September 17, 2022

Identified points of interest and views but there was a lot of blank air time that could have been filled with more info and history.

June 27, 2022

It is a bit of a hazel to get the app working and an easier way is recommended but the tour itself is really fun and you learn a lot about the park and the history.

June 12, 2022

Product ID: 400494