Leading up to my trip to the Monument Valley, I sat for hours, scanning hundreds of web pages full of confusing, ill presented information. All that work can simply be summarized thusly.
Monument Valley is on the Utah/Arizona border, entered from the Utah side. Don’t be a day tripper.Spend at least a night and two full halves of a day, preferable on either side of it.
There are five choices for places to stay.
- View Lodge in Monument Valley: Hotel sits on the rim, has mind blowing view. Expensive to boot. Book 8 months in advance. No alcohol served, you are in Navajo nation.
- Gouldings: 5 mile away, clean hotel with a nice view, You can order beer after a hot day.
- Kayenta and Mexican Hat: Each a 30 minute drive with Motel 8 type accommodation and no restaurants worth talking about
- Hunts Mesa: How adventurous are you? Tent, sleeping bag, breakfast in bed. Views. Super expensive.