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Cultural Tour of Lower Monument Valley Tribal Park

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Oljato-Monument Valley, United States

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Learn about Navajo culture and see the natural wonders of Monument Valley on this tour of lower Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. Visit a hogan, a traditional Navajo dwelling, to watch a demonstration, and hear stories from a guide about this region. Select a morning or afternoon departure time when booking.
  • Cultural tour of Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
  • See arches, buttes, and other rock formations used in films and other media
  • Hear stories about Navajo culture from your guide
  • Visit a traditional hogan for a Navajo demonstration
  • Choice of departure times when booking
Your tour starts at a designated meeting point inside Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, where you meet your guide for your exploration of Monument Valley's rock formations and Navajo culture, which has been part of this land for many generations and whose teachings have been inherited through the years. Some of these teachings are shared with you during your tour. 

Make your first stop at John Ford's Point, where some of John Wayne's western movies were filmed, and then head into the backcountry area of the park to see Sun's Eye Arch and visit a hogan for a Navajo demonstration. Standing at Sun's Eye Arch at a specific spot, you can look into the rock arch to find out how it got its name. Also at this location, check out petroglyphs from the Anasazi people and listen to stories from your guide.

Next, head to the Big Hogan, another natural feature, for more photo ops and stories before visiting your last backcountry attraction, the Ear of the Wind, the largest arch in the park.

Continue to the Totem Pole and Yei Bi Cheii monuments for more photographs and to hear about their cultural histories, and then visit the North Window, where you can admire the Mittens Buttes from a different perspective. Your tour then ends at the original departure point.

Please note: Each guide's stories vary, as they have different stories to tell, which come from their personal experiences, Navajo culture, and lore and legends. 
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
The Navajo culture has thrived on the land between the Four Scared Mountains, and those teachings have been inherited through generations of verbal and lesson teaching methods. Some of these teachings are shared with you during the Cultural Tour by your Navajo guide. The Cultural, 3.5 hour tour makes a first stop at the famous John Ford’s Point where many of John Wayne’s western cinematic movies were filmed. Next, your guide will drive to The Backcountry of the park and escort you to the “Sun’s Eye Arch" and Hogan Demonstration.  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. Next, you will 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. The last stop 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. Next, 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. The last stop is at the North Window where you will have a chance to take pictures of the Mittens and Butte at a different angle. Your tour guide will then slowly and safely transport you back to your departure point. Unfortunately, we cannot give much information about our guides’ stories because each guide has very uniquely different stories to tell. Our guides’ stories come from personal experience, lore, legends and the Navajo culture.
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Stop At:  
Dineh Bekeyah Tours
The Navajo culture has thrived on the land between the Four Scared Mountains, and those teachings have been inherited through generations of verbal and lesson teaching methods. Some of these teachings are shared with you during the Cultural Tour by your Navajo guide. The Cultural, 3.5 hour tour makes a first stop at the famous John Ford’s Point where many of John Wayne’s western cinematic movies were filmed. Next, your guide will drive to The Backcountry of the park and escort you to the “Sun’s Eye Arch" and Hogan Demonstration.  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. Next, you will 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. The last stop 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. Next, 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. The last stop is at the North Window where you will have a chance to take pictures of the Mittens and Butte at a different angle. Your tour guide will then slowly and safely transport you back to your departure point. Unfortunately, we cannot give much information about our guides’ stories because each guide has very uniquely different stories to tell. Our guides’ stories come from personal experience, lore, legends and the Navajo culture.
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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 maximum group size during Cultural Tour of Lower Monument Valley Tribal Park?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 45 travelers.

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  • "Make sure to bring a jacket, sunglasses and water - even in the summer i can be everything from cold and windy, to oppressively hot." See review

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A wonderful afternoon with Derrick
Trong T D
, Dec 2019
We wanted to see Monument Valley up close, and learn more about Navajo culture and traditional way of life, that why we signed up for this tour. It met our high expectations thanks to Derrick, our Navajo guide, with whom we spent more than three and a half hours. He drove us deep into the Valley, sometimes over roads closed to the general public. We stopped at more than half a dozen spots for pictures and also Q/A with our guide. We visited a female (permanent) hogan, chatted with the owner and bought some cute & inexpensive jewelry from her. Derrick even played for us a haunting Navajo melody on his flute under the roof of the Big Hogan (the one with the eagle eye). All in all, it was an unforgettable afternoon in an iconic park celebrated by countless movies.
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Cultural tour
Cynthia H
, Oct 2019
We had a great tour. Derick was a fantastic guide. Many beautiful sights and interesting cultural information.
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Wonderful Experience! Made the entire trip worth it!
NamiAni
, Jan 2019
We booked the tour online and made our long drive out to Monument Valley. We stayed for 2 days and 1 night. Upon arrival we experienced a snow storm and wasnt sure if we would be able to take the tour since it would be outdoors. We were thinking of cancelling due to it being too cold. They were understanding and accommodating to our request but the guide assured us that the snow wouldnt be an issue so we agreed to stick it out and take the tour. Were so glad we listened! We were lucky enough to get a private tour in a Ford Expedition with our guide who was very sweet and knowledgable about the land and her culture. We took the backcountry road where only guides were allowed so we didnt have to deal with annoying people stopping and taking pictures. She showed us all the best photo opportunities and we were able to catch unforgettable scenic views. She was patient while driving us around. Highly reccomend this company!
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Tremendous Visit!
jdenzien
, Sep 2018
Thoroughly enjoyed our tour. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and accommodating. Our tour was essentially private. Will do again.
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This tour was one of the most...
Anna P
, Nov 2017
This tour was one of the most fascinating and awe-inspiring things I have ever done. It's almost unbelievable, and also indescribable how breath-taking and the impression these rock formations make. Our guide was Derek, a Navajo young man who knew every detail about the valley and the history of the people as they are connected to the land. I didn't feel anything about the valley was set up just for the tourist. The gift shop and restaurant were very tastefully arranged. I am so glad I made time to be a part of the red dust for just a little while. I was very moved by the experience.
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My wife and I are in absolute...
Marc M
, Aug 2017
My wife and I are in absolute agreement this tour was the single highest moment of our summer vacation. I very much doubt you could learn half as much in twice the time on your own, and the personal touch of our experienced Navajo guide was powerful. Our guide John was a third generation guide who had grown up and now raises his family in the immediate area. Because of his honorable U.S. military service in particular, he impressed us with his ability to gently bridge mainstream American culture with that of his people. We've been armchair students of the Navajo people, culture and history for many years. In a few hours he answered many gaps in our perspective and knowledge, and this was not just with facts and history but also by the nature of his presence. This is not something we often would say - but we feel indebted to him as a cultural guide. John took us both through the standard vista points and trails here in the core of Monument Valley, but he also had personal connections he shared with us. Part of this, to be honest, was possible because the day of the tour it was just the three of us. If you haven't done a local or native cultural tour, my primary recommendation is to show up with a lot of respect and patience for your hosts. This was not our home, we were guests. Curiosity, patience and appreciation are reward often in surprising ways. In this case we also had quite a bit of time at a local Navajo family's home, specifically their hogan. We enjoyed hand harvested Navajo tea, a lesson in rug weaving from a woman who weaves for a living, and a relaxed interpreted discussion with a couple of Navajo elders that was a privilege. The most amazing piece was a tour through some of the local caverns, where John spontaneously played native music on his traditional pipe - wow! Depending on who your guide is, and how many people are in your party, you may or may not have these specific experiences but these are real local guides with great things to share. Well worth the investment of your time, energy and money. Also it gets very hot by 11:00 in the morning, so if you can - book an earlier tour. We must have had lucky timing because the weather was fantastic the day of our tour, and though warm we never overheated. Make sure to bring a jacket, sunglasses and water - even in the summer i can be everything from cold and windy, to oppressively hot. I've traveled widely and most guides go out of their way to help ensure your comfort. Have fun!
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There was four of us with Stephen...
John W
, Aug 2017
There was four of us with Stephen, the guide. The whole journey was the most wonderful experience. Stephen was a first rate guide, very informative, we learned so much from him which made it all the more wondrous. He helped me with my camera angles and best places for viewing. Overall we did 3,500miles on our holiday but we never stopped talking of our journey with Stephen and the sights there. Thank you.
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Outstanding. Harry our guide was...
Robert D
, Jul 2017
Outstanding. Harry our guide was interesting, informative, entertaining, and edicutional. He along with Clint who joined us at times acould not have been better. One of our BEST experiences on our Western trip. The best way to see and understand Monumental Valley. Robert
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I think we must have had Harry...
Patricia G
, Oct 2016
I think we must have had Harry senior as our experiences do not relate the the young Harry who appears to delight everyone. Firstly the vehicle. It was really good. Pretty big and can seat up to about 20 and there were only us 2, and one other on the tour. The seats were well padded and plenty of places to hold on. The terrain was really rough but it was such fun. Our dissatisfaction was due to the guide Harry. He was nice enough. Relaxed and jokey and he did know the names of all the buttes unless he was making them up :-. We paid for the 3 1/2 hr cultural tour. We were due to start at 4 so we arrived at the meeting place at 3:45 as instructed. There was no one there and we were getting nervous, but Harry arrived dead on time. We then had to wait for the other passenger. Not Harry's fault, but we did not start until 4:20. We visited most of the places on the itinerary though I'm not sure we visited the ' Big Hogan' to feel the rocks, unless that was the demonstration. Our main disappointment was in the lack of cultural information. Harry did not tell us one story or legend. We were taken to a Hogan' and we watched a lovely Navajo lady demonstrate spinning and weaving. This was really interesting but while she was doing this Harry came to life and started showing us Navajo tools and telling us what they were made of. We couldn't watch the interesting craft demonstration whilst Harry was showing us the tools. This was the only time Harry spoke about Navajo culture. The final straw was at the Totem pole. The Yei Bi Cheii monuments weren't mentioned. Harry got out his own fancy looking camera and spent just ages taking pictures of 'the ripples', walking over virgin desert to get good shots. We wanted, and paid, to go on a cultural tour, not a photographic tour. We took a few snaps then had to wait until Harry had taken the Totem pole from every conceivable angle with ripples. We were returned to the hotel at 6:40. We only had 2hrs 20 mins
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We had four people on our tour and...
Walter K
, Oct 2016
We had four people on our tour and all said it was a great worthwhile tour! Mathew took extra time to ensure we got the best value from the tour. In taking a self guided tour of monument Valley you will miss the unique commentary from the Navajo perspective and you get into areas that are only accessible with the Navajo guide.

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