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Monument Valley, Arizona - Scenic Drives

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A very bumpy 14 mile dirt road provides good views of Monument Valley. The road winds about in among the Mittens. Plan to spend at least a few hours driving, observing and taking pictures. (The route is not recommended for low clearance vehicles or RV's longer than 24 feet and is not drivable when wet.)

Please note, that visitors in private vehicles are confined to a small portion of the park. For information on Tour Companies that will take you on more expansive and interesting adventures through the park, see Sightseeing Tour Companies. These are generally quite interesting and inexpensive.

Scenic drives near Monument Valley to consider are laid out below. Click on any name to learn more about them.

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  • Paved
  • 1 - 2 hours
  • 45 miles oneway

  • Take about 2-3 hours to fully enjoy this byway.
  • 26 miles (41 km)

This byway runs north from Kayenta to the Utah border and Monument Valley past volcanic plugs and some of the most striking landscapes of sandstone buttes, mesas, and spires in the entire Southwest.

  • 45 miles (72 km)

Near Monument Valley, this area has been the setting for countless western movies. The road moves through the vast Navajo Indian Reservation. There are also several red rock formations easily accessible from the road.

  • Paved with a 3 mile section of graded gravel
  • 1 hour
  • 37 miles oneway

This route provides some excellent scenery and some nice overlooks, but it is not for those who are afraid of heights. There is a section with 1100 foot drop-offs and a 10% grade. (Vehicles over 10,000 lbs are prohibited.)

  • Nine hours to drive (including backtracking) or six days to enjoy the Byway.
  • 480 miles (772 km)

The Trail of the Ancients takes you back to a time long before the United States existed, long before Spaniards came north from what is today Central America. Amazingly, some regions of the Colorado Plateau remain today much as they must have been in the 13th and 14th Centuries. Arid and mostly unin...

  • Rough Dirt/Gravel
  • 15 miles

Just 6-8 miles north of Mexican Hat, Utah, on U.S. Highway 163 is a dirt and gravel road that heads off to the west into Valley of the Gods. The 15-mile Valley of the Gods Road takes drivers through a the famous red rock valley colored with desert plants and featuring several small buttes and spires...

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