Waking up at sunrise in Monument Valley was one of the most incredible mornings of my year. This view is immeasurable and photos cannot do it justice (but hopefully gives you an idea!)
Location: Monument Valley and Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park is located in southeast Utah and northeast Arizona on the border.
Fees and Permits: The entrance fee for Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park is $10 per person or $20 per vehicle. Children 9 and younger are free. You will need to pay the fee even if you are staying at The View Hotel, but you'll only need to pay once when you enter.
Opening Times: The park is open 7 days a week but closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
May 1–September 30: 6:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m
October 1–April 30: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Accommodation: We stayed at The View Hotel and I would recommend this to everyone.
We chose to stay in the cabins rather than the hotel, and it was perfect and easy to walk around the valley and area all afternoon and in the morning (instead of having to go down through the hotel).
Opt for a Premium View cabin so you're in the first row... aka 180 degree views over the valley.
If you do have a van, stay in the campground!
What to see and do: Once you're in the park, you can drive the loop through the monuments, however the road is unpaved, very rough and has several steep inclines. We were in a Hyundai Elantra and it really struggled on the gravel.
Watch the sky change colour as the sun sets, stare up at the night sky for the most amazing starry sky, and don't forget to set your alarm for sunrise!