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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

Departure Point

Indian Rte 42, Oljato-Monument Valley, AZ 84536, USA

Meet in the Visitor's Lobby along the wooden bar on the wooden benches.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Departure Point

Indian Rte 42, Oljato-Monument Valley, AZ 84536, USA

GPS coordinates N 36.98188 and W 110.11210

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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.

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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
Best day ever with the best tour ever !
Cara_B
, Nov 2021
Our guide, Steven was informative , young and so much fun . Being a Native American of Navajo descent made the experience much more meaningful; he not only knows the history but is connected to it . I loved hearing about his childhood and funny stories about growing up Native American . The sights are stunning and awe-inspiring . Hands down, the tour was the hi-light of my trip to Arizona . You could never see these monuments on your own unless you get up close and go down deep into the valley .
star-5
Steve is awesome!
Cody_A
, Nov 2021
Steve was amazing, I was the o lay traveler there but I had so much fun! He even sang me a travel song for safe travels back to Chinle melted my heart!!
star-1
A Colossal Disappointment
Cecil_P
, Oct 2021
This tour is advertised as a way to see parts of Monument Valley that most visitors don't get to see. So we decided to bite the bullet and pay $95 each to take the tour. The truth is, the tour involves visiting parts of the valley that are of virtually no interest . We thought we would see those magnificent rock formations we're all familiar with from unusual angles and different vantage points that would allow us to get more interesting photographs. And that we would see other, similar formations that we're not so familiar with and be able to photograph them as well. What we discovered is that for the most part, we were shown big expanses of rock of almost no visual or photographic interest. Most visiors to Monument Valley explore it by driving a 17-mile loop that takes them past the more familiar sites and allows them to spend as much time at each one as they wish. The first part of our tour included a few of those sites, but instead of stopping to let us take the time to enjoy them, the guide drove past them so quickly that enjoyment and photography were impossible. Also, we had signed up for the sunset tour, which is supposed to include the opportunity to view the sun as it sets behind one of the valley's most scenic locations. But since the day had been cloudy, the guide skipped the sunset, even though the sun had come out by the time the tour ended, and instead raced back to the lodge as quickly as possible. Monument Valley is a beautiful place, and if you have any interest in visiting it, you should definitely do so. But skip the guided tour and drive the 17-mile loop. You'll enjoy it more, and save yourself
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Excellent tour
Valarie_D
, Oct 2021
Harry was fantastic. Great historian and photographer. He taught us about the monument valley and gave us tips for iPhone photos.
star-5
Totally Recommend this Tour!! A+
Ron_B
, Oct 2021
My wife and I had a personal private experience with Harry on a sunrise 3 hour tour. He was fantastic. While checking his clock he made sure we were in the perfect position at every given moment for an experience of a lifetime that we will never forget. We got awsome photos. He gave us access through the reservation only a Navahoe could do, bringing us to a sacred shrine while playing the symbolic wooden Navahoe flute. We new we were in a special place. Totally recommend this Tour!! A+
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Beautiful!
Amy_R
, Oct 2021
We had a great time, our guide was awesome. Loved the stories and sharing the culture of the people. One of the highlights of our Arizona vacation! Would definitely do this again!
star-5
Amazing
Anne_W
, Oct 2021
Our guide was Harry Nez who was great. His knowledge of the valley and photography was amazing. He taught me things on my camera I never knew. Will come back again. Thank you Harry.
star-5
The Monuments up close and personal.
Yamile_C
, Oct 2021
Steven made the experience a memorable one. The sunrise did not cooperate, but the monuments did. He took the best picture of our group on John Fords point. Don’t miss this tour.
star-5
We had a wonderful...
Sue_K
, Oct 2021
We had a wonderful experience hearing the stories/traditions about the Navajo culture and seeing the beauty of this land. Steven was our guide and he added so much to this tour. Highly recommend!
star-5
Awesome
John_C
, Sep 2021
Sunrise tour was awesome. Tour goes through that part of the valley only accessible with 4 wheel drive and a guide. Guide was very helpful with photography and history. One of my favorite tours ever.

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