Exploring Monument Valley Navajo Lands
Monument Valley is has been the film set of over 900 movies from John Ford Westerns, to the latest blockbuster The Lone Ranger. Take a guided tour of Monument Valley led by an expert Navajo guide or get off the beaten track in your own SUV and explore the iconic sites at your leisure. Those traveling in their own vehicles can collect a map and guide before entering the park but will be restricted to certain parts of the park. To make the most out of the experience, a registered guide (Goulding's shared tours are very affordable or a private guide organized through Scott Dunn) will have access to restricted parts of the park with it's ancient rock art and iconic movie landscapes. Private guides must be requested well in advance of travel, ideally at time of booking.
If you're not staying at Goulding's Lodge, still be sure to stop at their Outpost and visit the fascinating little museum detailing pioneer history, and the Goulding's relationship with the Navajo peoples. Hollywood film memorabilia details all the iconic movies featured here starting with Stage Coach in 1939. Food in the Monument Valley area is very basic, but Goulding's Lodge does have a canteen serving hearty Navajo style food (no alcohol due to the reserve).