Native American Attractions

Native American Attractions

Monument Valley
Within a half-day's drive from Snowflake, visitors can tour the scenery of the Navajo Nation, famous for the "signature" southwestern scenery of Canyon de Chelle and Monument Valley. Monument Valley was a favorite location for western movie producers such as John Ford, who filmed many of his classics against the breathtaking backdrop of Monument Valley. Because of it's unique formations, Monument Valley is still used today in both film and television commercials, and is a favorite stopping point for European visitors wishing to experience the native southwest. You'll want to arrive early or stay late into the day, because the sunrises and sunsets on the majestic formations are spectacular. Passenger vehicles are allowed into the park for a fee, but high clearance or four-wheel drive is recommended. At the Visitor's Center, you can purchase authentic Navajo crafts, or satisfy your appetite at the restaurant.

Monument Valley is open year round, and is owned and operated by the Navajo Nation. The park and visitor center are open daily 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., May-Sept; 8a.m. - 5p.m., October-April (weather permitting); Thanksgiving 8-noon. Last admission 30 minutes before closing. Closed Jan. 1 and Dec. 25.Admission is $2.50 per person; seniors over 60, $1.00. Children under 8 are admitted free. Visitors should not photograph the Native Americans, their homes or their possessions without asking permission; a gratuity is usually requested. Other restrictions apply. For more information contact: Navajo Parks and Recreation Department P.O. Box 308, Window Rock, AZ 86515 Phone (801)727-3353.

 
 
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