Monument Valley Sunrise or Sunset Tour
The 3 hour tour makes a stop at the famous John Ford’s Point where many of John Wayne’s western cinematic movies were film, and also the Transformers: Age of Extinction featuring Mark Wahlberg. Next, your guide will drive to The Backcountry of the park and escort you to the arches.
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.
You will also 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.
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.
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.
Your guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel, then get ready for a scenic drive to Monument Valley in a comfortable all-terrain vehicle— allowing for exclusive access to parts of the park that are inaccessible to smaller cars.
The area, located on a Navajo Reservation and considered a sacred healing region by Native American tribes, is tough to navigate on your own. But your guide will walk you through the history of the Navajo tribal park and the background of each stunning natural formation. With your choice of a sunrise or sunset tour, you’re bound for incredible, camera-ready views during the sun-kissed time of day known by photographers as the “Golden Hour.”
The itineraries are fully customizable, so you’ll have your pick of some incredible spots, including iconic rock formations like John Ford’s Point, which served as film backdrop in many John Wayne Westerns. One of the most photographed formations is the Yei Bi Chei monuments, which resemble a line of tribal dancers. You’ll also get an opportunity to take pictures of the Big Hogan, a sandstone cave chamber, and Ear of the Wind, a mesmerizing, crimson-hued arch.
At the North Window where you will have a chance to take pictures of the Mittens and Butte at different angles. Your tour guide will then slowly and safely transport you back to your departure point.
- Bottled water
- Local professional guide
- Transport by open-air Safari vehicle
- Entrance fees to Monument Valley Tribal Park. Visit www.navajonationparks.org for fee details.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not recommended for travelers with back problems
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
- Dress code is smart casual
- Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
- 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).
- We depart from The View Hotel Visitor's Lobby.
- GROUP TOUR ONLY. NON-PRIVATE TOURS.
- Service animals allowed
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 45 travelers
It was an amazing tour and Joe, our guide, was fantastic. We learnt a lot about the local people. We would recommend this tour to all.
Great experience with a terrific guide- Harry! Highly recommend- both the tour and our guide! Excellent experience all around.
Our family of 5 thoroughly enjoyed Steven's sunrise tour. His knowledge of the area and williness to share the history were endearing, making our visit extra special.
The sunrise tour with Dineh Beykayah was phenomenal! Our tour guide, Joseph, was great. He was knowledgeable about the area and formations, and gave us great information about the Navajo people. He took us to the perfect spot for a breathtaking sunrise and took tons of pictures of us. Do yourself a favor and book this tour!
I can not say enough good things about the tour and the tour guide. Anyone who is doing Monument Valley on their own is really missing out. Ros took us to all the places that you can not see on your own. What an experience it was. We have done The Valley on our own once before, never again. Viator you have done it again.
Harry was a great guide, even going so far as to help the photographers in the groups stage their shots. I would highly recommend this tour company.
This tour was Extraordinary!!! Our tour guide John was incredible and shared so many experiences as a Navajo Native American including traditions of his family. We were absolutely thrilled that we were accommodated with our request for a closed vehicle due to my husband's allergies. This trip with our tour company is a MUST SEE! There was a good mix of driving and getting out to view the monuments up close. We learned so much on this tour!
The tour was fantastic and our tour guide John was very informative and accommodating!! We want to do this again in the spring!