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Road trip from the Grand Canyon to the Monument Valley through the Navajo Reserve

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En route to Monument Valley National Park in Arizona / Utah

When you wantvisit the Monument Valley located right on the border between the states of  Arizona and Utah, a usual route is usually from the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River. That was at least my case on the trip I made for the west coast of the United States.

In fact, we did not plan it in our initial travel plan, but when we realized that the Monument Valley It is located 290 kilometers, about three and a half hours away, from the Grand Canyon of the Colorado, we could not resist seeing the landscapes that have become world famous in the Western films.

And it really was totally worth it; It was one of the star visits of our long journey through the American West.

How to go to Monument Valley from the Grand Canyon

To direct youfrom the Grand Canyon National Park to Monument Valley, you have to leave on the east side of said national park. Specifically for Desert viewwhere is the Watchtower of the Anasazi Indians.


En route through the Navajos Indian reservation in Arizona

By route 64 you will go down the Colorado River, but already by the arid and desert landscape typical of the Navajo Indian reservation, which is where the Monument Valley is located.

After traveling a section of the route 89, you will soon turn aside route 160 toward Tuba city, where you will find a typical tourist bus stop with a large store of souvenirs with crafts from the Navajo Indians.


En route through the Navajos Indian reservation in Arizona

From there you will reachKayenta, one of the places that you have to take into account when looking for accommodation, and from where you will go by the route 163 to Utah and the Monument Valley.

This impressive natural site It is not included among national parks of the United States, but is the principal of Navajo Indian Nation Parks, among which is also the Lake powell and the Antelope Canyon.


Navajos Indian handicraft shop in Arizona

It will be easy for you to realize that you are going arriving at Monument Valley because the flat and desert landscape of the Navajo Reserve It will show you some of the mountainous platforms similar to those that characterize this park.

He access to Monument Valley You will find it 13 kilometers after entering the State of Utah., although the narrow road will take you south, entering again in Arizonawhere will you arrive at Visitors Center, building where the The View Hotel.


En route to Monument Valley National Park in Arizona / Utah

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Road distances to Monument Valley

  • from the Grand Canyon of the Colorado to Monument Valley, 290 kilometers, 3 hours and a half.
  • from Arches National Park to Monument Valley, 234 kilometers, 2 hours 50 minutes
  • from Zion National Park to Monument Valley, 390 kilometers, 5 hours and a quarter.
  • from Glen Canyon National Park to Monument Valley, 185 kilometers, 4 hours
  • from Bryce Canyon National Park to Monument Valley, 446 kilometers, 6 hours
  • from Death Valley National Park to Monument Valley, 900 kilometers, 10 hours.
  • from Las Vegas to Monument Valley, 700 kilometers, 7 hours and a half.

En route to Monument Valley National Park in Arizona / Utah

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