Arizona March 23, 2017
You’ll Have A Difficult Time Finding A View That Isn’t Beautiful At This Arizona Park
The name “Arizona” evokes a wide range of images in the minds of everyone who hears it. Hot, sunny, Grand Canyon, desert. Another image that often comes to mind are those red buttes made famous by photographers and film makers. You know the ones.
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park is one gorgeous place and just one example of how beautiful the high desert on the Colorado Plateau can be. Let’s take a look at the park.
The drive to Monument Valley is about three hours from Flagstaff and just over five hours from Phoenix, if traffic is light.
You'll briefly drive through Utah before turning right back into Arizona to reach the visitor center and...
This sight for sore eyes!
That's quite the view, isn't it? The Mittens are two of the most famous buttes with easily recognizable features that pop when the sun is low on the horizon.
There's not just the mittens to see! A look around the park will show you so many stunning views.
This view was named after director John Ford who featured the landscape in a large number of his productions, highlighting the fragility of the human experience against such a rugged, arid landscape.
Hunts Mesa, which is located just south of the Mittens, is another pretty spot that you can check out on a guided tour.
That iconic rusty red color comes from the exposed iron oxide present in the minerals. On a clear day, the reddish colors pop against the blue sky which makes this place appear even more dazzling.
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There are plenty of ways to experience the park, including hiking!
The one public trail here is Wildcat Trail, an easy-to-navigate path that takes you to the base of the
If you decide to explore the park with a guide, there are three options: hiking, horseback riding, and a jeep ride.
I would opt for the horseback ride because that seems cool.
Think one day just isn't enough? Don't worry, you can spend the night at the park.
Campgrounds are available and there is also
the View Hotel
, both of which have spectacular views.
Let's take one more look before we end this article. Beautiful, isn't it?
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park is located
175 miles (3 hours) north of Flagstaff, just off Route 163 near the Arizona-Utah border. You can find details about visiting the park on the Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation website, navajonationparks.org.
Want to look into more beautiful sights at an Arizona park? You might be interested in reading about Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in
The One Place In Arizona That Must Be Seen To Be Believed.