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Oljato-Monument Valley, United States
Monument Valley Sunrise or Sunset Tour

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icon3 hours  (approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

See the sites of Lower Monument Valley that even tour guides can’t get enough of on this 3-hour sunrise or sunset excursion. Guides custom create itineraries that feature their favorite points in the valley in addition to must-see formations, transporting you in an all-terrain vehicle to sites far off the beaten path.
  • Tour custom created by guides to showcase their favorite parts of Lower Monument Valley
  • Hear stories and legends from guides with extensive knowledge about the area
  • Visit must-see landmarks like John Ford’s Point in addition to your guide’s selected features
  • Private transportation in all-terrain vehicle included
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Bottled water
Local professional guide
Transport by open-air Safari vehicle/ enclosed air-condition SUV
Face mask and hand sanitizers
Local taxes
Pet friendly
NO Entrance fees to Monument Valley Tribal Park. Visit www.navajonationparks.org for fee details.
Gratuities
NO Horse Tours
  • The View Hotel , Indian Rte 42, Oljato-Monument Valley, AZ 84536, USA

    Meet in the Visitor's Lobby along the wooden bar on the 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.
    Meet your guide in the lobby of the View Hotel 15 minutes prior to your selected departure time for a sunrise or sunset tour. Climb aboard a comfortable all-terrain vehicle that can access parts of Lower Monument Valley inaccessible by other cars for a 3-hour tour featuring your guide’s favorite attractions. 

    Although each guide has a unique itinerary customized to highlight their favorite parts of Monument Valley, you will likely pass popular rock formations such as John Ford’s Point, the Big Hogan, Ear of the Wind, and Tei Bi Cheii Monuments. Only at sunrise and sunset can you see the valley light up in vibrant hues ideal for photos and sightseeing. 

    Throughout the tour, your guide will share the history and legends behind each monument and let you know why it made the cut for this trip.

    Conclude your tour at the View Hotel.
    Itinerary
    Stop At:  
    Dineh Bekeyah Tours
    This tour is a custom tour and are not necessarily in the order below. Each guide has their own itinerary and have a specific place and time to be throughout the 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.
    Duration: 7 minutes
    Admission Ticket Not Included
    Stop At:  
    Monument Valley
    See the sites of Lower Monument Valley that even tour guides can’t get enough of
    Duration: 2 hours 
    Admission Ticket Free
    Pass By:  
    John Ford Point
    John Ford's Point
    • 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).
    • Departing from The View Hotel Visitor's Lobby near wooden benches. Please have confirmation# ready.
    • Uneven walking surfaces
    • Service animals allowed
    • COVID19 protocols exercised and in place.
    • Face coverings are mandatory
    • Please call Charlene Johnson (owner) 24 hrs. to reassure tour attendance and meeting location @ (928)409-0088
    • Most travelers can participate
    • If you are feeling any symptoms of COVID19 or have been around a person who tested positive for COVID19, please advise us immediately for a 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.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

    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 Monument Valley Sunrise or Sunset Tour?
    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 Monument Valley Sunrise or Sunset Tour.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Monument Valley Sunrise or Sunset Tour?
    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 Monument Valley Sunrise or Sunset Tour.
    Q:
    What is the social distancing policy during Monument Valley Sunrise or Sunset Tour?
    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 Monument Valley Sunrise or Sunset Tour.
    Q:
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Monument Valley Sunrise or Sunset Tour?
    A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    See all safety measures taken by Monument Valley Sunrise or Sunset Tour.

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    • "The tour ends one hour before sunset, it definitely can't be considered a sunset tour." See review

    Reviews

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    star-5
    271 Reviews

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    star-4
    A beautiful day
    Catherine_V
    , May 2022
    It was nice except there was confusion on the start time. The tour guide was knowledgable and took us to prime locations. We loved the different parts of the park. It was truly beautiful and exceptional.
    star-5
    Very well worth the cost
    Joe_C
    , May 2022
    We had a thrilling ride through this magical place with Harry, a superb guide. Ride was a little rough, to be expected, but no regrets at all!
    star-5
    Would take again!!
    Richard_C
    , May 2022
    Got To see what you could not if you did not take the tour!! The tour is well worth taking!! Sunset was lovely. Not sure of our guides name. It was either Von or Fon. She was terrific!! I am short. Hard to step up in truck. She had a step stool!! She volunteered to take our pics without asking!! Very detail in her description of the valley I got great pics!!
    star-4
    Very nice tour
    Ronald_K
    , Apr 2022
    Super tour, our guide Joseph gave a lot information and helped is making Some beautiful pictures. Unfortunately the tour ended before the real sunset.
    star-5
    Great picture opportunity for any photographer.
    Jonathan_W
    , Apr 2022
    My girlfriend and I went on the sunrise tour with Harry. It was just our party. We had flexibility and extra time to see a few bonus sites in the back country. Harry is an artist with the camera. He has an eye for detail. We hit all the popular important sites and he gave us tips on where to shoot pictures such as composition, framing, lighting. It was a great experience. Also he was right on time and we started our adventure promptly.
    star-5
    Great experience
    David_G
    , Apr 2022
    Our wonderful guide Harry made this experience even better!! The scenery was spectacular. Highly recommended this tour to anyone!!
    star-3
    Poor organisation re start time.
    Joan_H
    , Apr 2022
    The day before our Tour I received an email changing the time from 2.30pm to 4,30pm ( because of the time of sunset - surely they knew this long in advance of the date - I did!)- more notice would have been appreciated as we didn't have time to adjust our other plans. When we arrived at 4.15pm there was no-one waiting for us. Five minutes later a lady rushed in and said that the tour group had left already as the start time was 4pm - I showed her the email which I had received stating 4.30pm, she drove us out to join the group.....irritating. Our guide was very good and welcoming. Too much time spent with petroglyphs, the interpretation of this seemed largely guesswork.
    star-5
    The Mittens
    Linda_C
    , Apr 2022
    Seeing the two mittens together!! Getting to stop for Fry bread!! And hearing about some native ways.
    star-5
    Six star tour in a five star rating.
    James_G
    , Mar 2022
    The tour was beyond expectations. Our guide, Joe, was very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. We learned a lot about the Navajo culture and area, and Joe sang a song in his native language. He also helped us take special photos that will be viewed for years to come. We would highly recommend this tour, especially with Joe.
    star-5
    Wonders all around
    TWR
    , Mar 2022
    The guide was a wealth of information and Joe provide us with great photos and several locations and taught us several iPhone camera tricks.

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