Monument Valley

Jul 12th, 2003, 05:40 PM
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Monument Valley

We will be driving from Blanding, UT to Page, AZ (in one day) and hope to stop at Natural Bridges National Monument. Is it possible to see Monument Valley w/ a quick drive thru? Or is more time really needed for Monument Valley than our trip allows? Is Goosenecks State Park worth stopping at (if we can fit it in)? Any suggestions and advice would be much appreciated!
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Jul 12th, 2003, 09:21 PM
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If it doesn't take you too far out of your way, and you have time, Goosenecks State Park is definitely worth seeing. It's pretty amazing.
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Jul 12th, 2003, 10:30 PM
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From Blanding to Natural Bridges National Monument to Page is about 230 miles and will take about 6 or 7 hours of driving time depending on the route you take. It all can be done.

Natural Bridges is worth some time. If you plan to do any hiking then add a couple of hours.

The shortest route from Natural Bridges to Monument Valley is on Hwy 261 which is a scenic road but be aware that there is a dirt section of this road with steep switch backs called the Moki Dugway. Here is a link with pictures and information.

You other choice is to go back to Blanding and then go south to Monument Valley.

The Gooseneck State park is ok and is only 4 miles off Hwy 261. You won't need to spend much time there.

You can see a lot of Monument Valley from Hwy 163. Monument Valley is one of my favorite locations so maybe you can plan a picnic lunch there just to enjoy the view.

You can make the route a 6 hr drive by taking Hwy 98 to Page. The road is nice.


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Jul 13th, 2003, 08:18 AM
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Thanks for the info. A few questions:

1. When you say the Moki Dugway is dirt w/ steep switchbacks - will a regular sedan have trouble (same question applies to Hogsback), i.e. should I change my rental to an SUV?

2. When you say Gooseneck State Park is ok, does that mean it's not really worth checking out?

3. Any specific hikes that you recommend at Natural Bridges?
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Jul 13th, 2003, 12:14 PM
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Hi travlbug,

A car should be fine on the Moki Dugway dirt section. It's a really good graded section, just steep. The hogsback on Hwy 12 is paved and no special vehicle is needed.

The Goosenecks didn't do that much for me. Personally, I would rather spend the time in Monument Valley.

The hike at Natural Bridges that stands out in my mind is the short trail to Owachomo Bridge. You can get up close to the bridge. You can read about all the hikes here:

Summer is HOT in this area. Carry plenty of water even on a short hike.

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Jul 13th, 2003, 02:26 PM
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Hi again, Utahtea

Thanks for the advice - ALL your advice! Okay, so a car is fine for Moki Dugway and Hogsback. Is there any place on a trip that encompasses Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Arches, MV, and the North Rim that would NOT work well for a car (where an SUV would be preferable?)?
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Jul 13th, 2003, 03:40 PM
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If you only have a limited time then you will be able to see all the scenic places of Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, North Rim and Arches with any car.

If you want to drive the scenic drive in Monument Valley you might want to get the SUV but then you can always just do a guided tour and Indian guides can take you to more places that are off limits to tourist.

If you were going to Canyonlands and wanted a real adventure then a 4x4 SUV would be great for doing the Shafer Trail road but I would only suggest this if you have enought time to really enjoy all the other parks first.

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Jul 14th, 2003, 10:57 AM
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Regarding the Goosenecks of the San Juan, they are pretty impressive, and I'm glad we stopped by on our trip last month. Getting to the park takes about 45 minutes round trip from the main highway, much less if you're coming from the Moki Dugway. There are no activities at the park, just an amazing view of the entrenched meanders (I just learned that term at the park) of the San Juan River. Making this stop is something that you don't have to decide on until the last minute.
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Jul 17th, 2003, 07:15 AM
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I'm a french turist who have been 7 times in this part of Southwest and we'll be there in 10 days.For me you have to choose between Natural Bridges or Monument Valley and for this second option 2 or 3 days are better than one : there is a lot to see : monument valley, mistery valley, sunset or sunrise tours,alone or with navajo guides...If you like hiking the best is to hike with a guide(Hunters mesa, mitchell mesa, mistery valley) : Tom J Phillips from Keya ohzoni tour is a must, even if cost is a little expensive...In the same perimeter you have gooseneck( must to be seen) and Olajuwo trading psot(same than in the '30...) and goulding lodge if you are interested in moovies...
So keep monument valley for another trip.
Natural bridges is a very nice park and if you have time the best is to make the "bottom" hike betwwen the 3 brides.
It's not difficult, easy to walk and to find and the discovery of the bridges by the hike is terrific.Be only sure thant there is no thunderstorm announced
because the hike is in the "stream".
A good adress if you want to go to monument valley and have a lodge not too expensive is the "recapture lodge" in Bluff(only 45 mn from Mnt Valley and the arriving in the morning by the road is so beautiful...).In Bluff, farout expedition propose some good day hikes and if you are interested, they can take you to indian ruins and petroglyphs out of the turistic ways...
Jay is one of their guide and is specialised in archéology.
Good trip.
Erik and Anny MONPETIT.
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Jul 17th, 2003, 07:47 AM
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Hé, monpetit (Erik ou Anny ?)

I am French too, but I'll continue in English anyway.
I am going to Monument Valley in 3 weeks. I will just spend an afternoon in the valley. Which tour is the best in your opinion. Do they seem very expensive for a European ? I am living in the US, I'll go there with my dad, I don't want him to get an attack when he sees the prices...


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Jul 18th, 2003, 12:22 AM
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Hie Céline.
For Monument Valley there is a internet site from Keyah Ozunih tour...
this is
The description of their tours are good and tarif are given : the 1/2 day tour is very good (45 $/person) and if you have time you can do the sunset or sunrise tour.
You can phone at the number given and talk to Tom J.Philips. You can say you phone from Erik and Anny from France...
He is a "top" in the guide in Monument Valley and knows a lot about tradition
and navajo life(use of Yucca for basket,
...) and so he can learn you a lot about traditions...
If you have only an afternoon, before living if you are going south, don't miss in Tuba city the dinosaurs footprints, if you are going north, valley of the gods and Goosenecks are nice...
Bye and good trip.
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Jul 18th, 2003, 07:44 AM
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We will arrive around 3 pm...we want to be on site for the sunset.
The next day we will drive back to Phoenix, I don't yet if we'll stop for the dino tracks (not big fan of dinos) or Wupatki.
I'll have a look at the web site.


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Jul 18th, 2003, 08:01 AM
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So, try to make a combo small tour with the sunset tour either with Keyah ozonhi tour or another organisation.
Try to hike during the small tour because it's really a greta sensation...
From Monument valley to Phoenix,we've made 3 years ago the same trip and if you quit Monument valley early(7-
7'30 a.m.) you can make the dinotracks(it takes only 20-30 mn), the trading post, sunset crater and Wupatki before arriving in Phoenix. If you wake up a little more after, the best is Wupatki :
the ruins are very interesting and the surrounding views tremendous.
You can arrive late in Phoenix because
there is not a lot to do in one late afternoon...
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Jul 18th, 2003, 08:40 AM
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For MV, I don't want to make any strict plans to far in advance, because I am not sure I what time we will get there.

We will arrive from Grand canyon, and we plan on driving slowly going eastward.

Which trading post are you talking about ? iF cameron wills top there on the way out the GC.

Arriving in PHX aroung 5pm would be nice to take advantage of the resort facilities...

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Jul 19th, 2003, 12:25 AM
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The trading post is the one of Tuba City.
Yesterday evening I've get a look on my roadbooks and we were arrived in Phoenix
at 4'30 p.m. at the Arizona Biltmore
from MV, via Tuba City,Wupatki and Sunset, with nature trails at Sunset and ruins trail in Wupatki, respecting
speed limits and taking our times in the parks...
So, good trip.
I'll be ourt of web till monday.
You'll be I'm sure enchanted by MV : it's one of the place of the world where
the reality is as beatiful than your expectation...
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