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Cultural Tour of Lower Monument Valley Tribal Park

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Learn about Navajo culture and see the natural wonders of Monument Valley on this tour of lower Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. Visit a hogan, a traditional Navajo dwelling, to watch a demonstration, and hear stories from a guide about this region. Select a morning or afternoon departure time when booking.
  • Cultural tour of Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
  • See arches, buttes, and other rock formations used in films and other media
  • Hear stories about Navajo culture from your guide
  • Visit a traditional hogan for a Navajo demonstration
  • Choice of departure times when booking
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Local taxes
Bottled water
Local professional guide
Pet Friendly
Face mask and hand sanitizers
Entrance fee to the Monument Valley Tribal Park. National Park passes are not accepted at entrance to park.
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  • The View Hotel , Indian Rte 42, Oljato-Monument Valley, AZ 84536, USA

    The View Hotel Visitor's Lobby, located on main floor near wooden benches .

  • The View Hotel , Indian Rte 42, Oljato-Monument Valley, AZ 84536, USA

    GPS coordinates N 36.98188 and W 110.11210

  • This activity will end right where it started.
    Your tour starts at a designated meeting point inside Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, where you meet your guide for your exploration of Monument Valley's rock formations and Navajo culture, which has been part of this land for many generations and whose teachings have been inherited through the years. Some of these teachings are shared with you during your tour. 

    Make your first stop at John Ford's Point, where some of John Wayne's western movies were filmed, and then head into the backcountry area of the park to see Sun's Eye Arch and visit a hogan for a Navajo demonstration. Standing at Sun's Eye Arch at a specific spot, you can look into the rock arch to find out how it got its name. Also at this location, check out petroglyphs from the Anasazi people and listen to stories from your guide.

    Next, head to the Big Hogan, another natural feature, for more photo ops and stories before visiting your last backcountry attraction, the Ear of the Wind, the largest arch in the park.

    Continue to the Totem Pole and Yei Bi Cheii monuments for more photographs and to hear about their cultural histories, and then visit the North Window, where you can admire the Mittens Buttes from a different perspective. Your tour then ends at the original departure point.

    Please note: Each guide's stories vary, as they have different stories to tell, which come from their personal experiences, Navajo culture, and lore and legends. 
    Itinerary
    Stop At:  
    Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
    The Navajo culture has thrived on the land between the Four Scared Mountains, and those teachings have been inherited through generations of verbal and lesson teaching methods. Some of these teachings are shared with you during the Cultural Tour by your Navajo guide. The Cultural, 3.5 hour tour makes a first stop at the famous John Ford’s Point where many of John Wayne’s western cinematic movies were filmed. Next, your guide will drive to The Backcountry of the park and escort you to the “Sun’s Eye Arch" and Hogan Demonstration.  At “Sun’s Eye Arch” you will be standing at a specific degree to look up into the rock arch and see why it is named Sun’s Eye. At the same location you will also see Petroglyphs and hear your guide’s stories. Next, you will travel to the “Big Hogan.” The Big Hogan is a great place to take family pictures and lie against the rocks and feel its warmth. Your guide will provide stories and suggest great photo shots. The last stop in the Backcountry is the “Ear of the Wind.” This is the largest arch in the park, and your guide will escort you to a photogenic spot where you can take photographs. Next, you will be guided to the Totem Pole and Yei Bi Cheii Monuments where you will be able to take photographs and hear the cultural stories behind each monument. The last stop is at the North Window where you will have a chance to take pictures of the Mittens and Butte at a different angle. Your tour guide will then slowly and safely transport you back to your departure point. Unfortunately, we cannot give much information about our guides’ stories because each guide has very uniquely different stories to tell. Our guides’ stories come from personal experience, lore, legends and the Navajo culture.
    Admission Ticket Included
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    Dineh Bekeyah Tours
    The Navajo culture has thrived on the land between the Four Scared Mountains, and those teachings have been inherited through generations of verbal and lesson teaching methods. Some of these teachings are shared with you during the Cultural Tour by your Navajo guide. The Cultural, 3.5 hour tour makes a first stop at the famous John Ford’s Point where many of John Wayne’s western cinematic movies were filmed. Next, your guide will drive to The Backcountry of the park and escort you to the “Sun’s Eye Arch" and Hogan Demonstration.  At “Sun’s Eye Arch” you will be standing at a specific degree to look up into the rock arch and see why it is named Sun’s Eye. At the same location you will also see Petroglyphs and hear your guide’s stories. Next, you will travel to the “Big Hogan.” The Big Hogan is a great place to take family pictures and lie against the rocks and feel its warmth. Your guide will provide stories and suggest great photo shots. The last stop in the Backcountry is the “Ear of the Wind.” This is the largest arch in the park, and your guide will escort you to a photogenic spot where you can take photographs. Next, you will be guided to the Totem Pole and Yei Bi Cheii Monuments where you will be able to take photographs and hear the cultural stories behind each monument. The last stop is at the North Window where you will have a chance to take pictures of the Mittens and Butte at a different angle. Your tour guide will then slowly and safely transport you back to your departure point. Unfortunately, we cannot give much information about our guides’ stories because each guide has very uniquely different stories to tell. Our guides’ stories come from personal experience, lore, legends and the Navajo culture.
    Admission Ticket Free
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Adult pricing applies to all adult/senior travelers
    • Uneven walking surfaces
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Pet friendly
    • We do observe Daylight Savings TIme. We are on Mountain Standard Time (UT). Be advised that there is a one hour time difference between Arizona Time Zone and the Navajo Nation Time Zone (Mid-March to October).
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • COVID19 Protocols exercised and in place
    • Departing from The View Hotel lobby near wooden benches, have confirmation# ready.
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Face coverings are mandatory
    • If you are feeling any symptoms of COVID19 or have been around a person who does, please advise us immediately for cancellation.
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
    • OPERATED BY MV Dineh Bekeyah Tours
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Cultural Tour of Lower Monument Valley Tribal Park?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    See all safety measures taken by Cultural Tour of Lower Monument Valley Tribal Park.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Cultural Tour of Lower Monument Valley Tribal Park?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Cultural Tour of Lower Monument Valley Tribal Park.
    Q:
    What is the social distancing policy during Cultural Tour of Lower Monument Valley Tribal Park?
    A:The policies on social distancing are:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
    See all safety measures taken by Cultural Tour of Lower Monument Valley Tribal Park.
    Q:
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Cultural Tour of Lower Monument Valley Tribal Park?
    A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    See all safety measures taken by Cultural Tour of Lower Monument Valley Tribal Park.

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    star-5
    Great experience in Monument Valley!
    Jan_M
    , May 2022
    This was a great tour through Monument Valley with guide Yvonne. She was in no hurry and had lots to tell. She gave us lots of nice photo opportunities and she new just the right spots. The tour had access to roads and spots which were closed for private cars. The season had not yet started and it was very quiet. We were in a group of just four people. Very nice!
    star-4
    Let us learn more of the ancestors and descendants
    Karen_C
    , Apr 2022
    We really enjoyed the tour. I wanted more cultural content and stories. I think we need to learn and appreciate the culture of the original inhabitants of the Americas. Their knowledge and contributions may help us grow as humans and society.
    star-5
    Awesome experience.
    Jose_A
    , Apr 2022
    They were very patient with my brother. The guide Camasheena was awesome. Took time to answer questions so we could understand a bit of her culture. Thank you for the experience.
    star-5
    Wow
    Edwin_S
    , Apr 2022
    Hard to say, everything was great. Loved the park. One of the most beautiful places we've been. The tour guide gets a 5+. Only complaint was the no cash policy for everything. But don't let that prevent you from having a once in a lifetime experience.
    star-5
    fun trip
    barbara_B
    , Mar 2022
    a great adventure with friendly and knowlegdeable guides, a totally enjoyable experience. you will see the way of life of the people of the valley
    star-5
    Highly recommended!
    Dianne_R
    , Feb 2022
    What a fascinating and throughly enjoyable tour! I can't recommend it enough. It was everything and more per the description. Hats off to Joe our Navajo tour guide who presented fascinating information, was warm and friendly and a great sense of hour.
    star-5
    Beautiful
    MARIA_C
    , Sep 2021
    Truly a beautiful experience guide was very friendly and courteous I would recommend this it’s very educational as well
    star-5
    Highest Recommendation!!
    Wayne_Z
    , Aug 2021
    John was an excellent guide and very knowledgeable with history, culture and geological information. He made the sights come alive with his stories passed down from his grandparents! He even showed us how to get the best photos. This tour is not to be missed!!!
    star-5
    Excellent
    Sandy_S
    , Jul 2021
    "Joe" was our tour guide and we couldn't have been assigned a better man! He took us out into Monument Valley, showed us many monuments, petroglyphs, told us some Navajo stories, and even sang us a Navajo song in the canyon. I would hight recommend this tour and DEFINITELY ask for Joe!
    star-5
    A wonderful afternoon with Derrick
    Trong_D
    , Dec 2019
    We wanted to see Monument Valley up close, and learn more about Navajo culture and traditional way of life, that why we signed up for this tour. It met our high expectations thanks to Derrick, our Navajo guide, with whom we spent more than three and a half hours. He drove us deep into the Valley, sometimes over roads closed to the general public. We stopped at more than half a dozen spots for pictures and also Q/A with our guide. We visited a female (permanent) hogan, chatted with the owner and bought some cute & inexpensive jewelry from her. Derrick even played for us a haunting Navajo melody on his flute under the roof of the Big Hogan (the one with the eagle eye). All in all, it was an unforgettable afternoon in an iconic park celebrated by countless movies.

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