Extravagant and dazzling with spectacles at every turn, Las Vegas is made for a glamourous escape. Combine your city break with the impressive Grand Canyon, or simply just visit on a day trip by helicopter.
The stark red sand and sprawling landscape provides the iconic setting associated with the Wild West. Monument Valley is a desert plane which lies within the Navajo Indian Reservation and straddles the Arizona and Utah border. Sandstone masterpieces protrude from the expansive landscape and prominently pierce the sky. Home to the most renowned collection of sandstone buttes and mesas, Monument Valley is a truly distinctive sight to behold and is sure to inspire and mesmerise visitors with its geological wonders.
The setting for many of Hollywood’s Western blockbusters, Monument Valley’s vast scenery is widely recognised and synonymous with the American West. Images of John Wayne galloping amongst the red mesas and buttes are etched into the history of this desolate, sun-baked wilderness. Exploring the Valley on horseback, as has been done for centuries, is the ultimate adventure experience and provides the opportunity to envisage yourself as the star of your very own western film.
A 17 mile dirt road, Valley Drive, is the one main thoroughfare through the Valley. Most of the major sandstone monuments are visible from here including The Mittens, Three Sisters, John Ford’s Point, and Totem Pole, to name but a few. Hiring a local Navajo guide allows you to veer off the beaten path to visit landmarks which can only be accessed by guided tours, such as Ear of the Wind, a natural sandstone arch. Monument Valley comes alive at sunrise or sunset, during the golden hour, when the sun strikes the buttes and sandstone spires enhancing the splendour of the colours.
A wide selection of hikes to suit all abilities are set in the midst of the extensive landscape ranging from sandy deserts to deep canyons. All lead to natural bridges and an abundance of Anasazi ruins, a reminder of the ancient Indian civilisation. The park’s only self-guided trail, Wildcat Trail offers a world-class backdrop taking visitors on an unforgettable tour around the famous and distinctive rock formations. The striking scenery of Monument Valley is sure to be a sight you’ll never forget.