Monument Valley History

(Including visitor center and fees)

Monument Valley is located on the southern border of Utah with northern Arizona.

The Valley is 177 miles northwest of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and 107 miles west of Page, AZ. The closest town to this impressive location is Kayenta, AZ located 22 miles south. The Valley lies within the range of sacred Navajo Nation and is known as Tse’Bii’Ndzisgaii (Valley of the Rocks) to the Navajos. Elevation at the park rises 5,564 feet above sea level and is approximately 91,696 acres in size.

President Chester Arthur added the park to the Navajo Nation by executive order in 1884. A trading post established in 1906 by John Wetherhill and Clyde Colville in Oljeto, Utah was later moved to present-day Kayenta. In 1924, Harry Goulding and his wife started their own trading post. Today, the post continues to operate just north of the Arizona border in Utah and still bears his name.

Entrance to the park is $5 and those under nine get in free. The Visitor Center hours during the months of May through September are from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. In March and April, the center is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Guided tours on 4-Wheel Drive Jeeps allow visitors to explore restricted areas that are only accessible on the various tours. Tours in the summer run from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during the winter months.