Travel Information, Tours and Lodging
Driving Distance from Monument Valley to Grand Canyon
- Monument Valley to Grand Canyon North Rim is 248 miles, a 4 hour 20-minute drive.
- Monument Valley to Grand Canyon East Rim is 165 miles, a 2 hour 45-minute drive.
- Monument Valley to Grand Canyon South Rim is 190 miles, a 3 hour 20-minute drive.
- Monument Valley to Grand Canyon West Rim is 395 miles, a 6-hour 30-minute drive.
Monument Valley Tribal Park Tours
The majority of visitors to Monument Valley are only there for a scenic drive, but there are many other options. Monument Valley has some great hikes and jeep tours, some of which go to area that are restricted without a guide. For a wild west adventure there are horse rides, and for a bird’s eye view scenic flights are available over monument valley from several nearby cities. You can check out our recommended tours below, or go to learn more about tours in Grand Canyon National Park here.
Best Monument Valley Hotels
The closest town to Monument Valley is Kayenta, Arizona. There are a variety of hotels and restaurants in Kayenta, as well as all the basic services you’ll need. There is a campground, RV park and hotel located in in the Monument Valley Tribal Park. Right outside of the Tribal Park is Goulding’s, which is home to a lodge, gift shop, campground, RV Park and several other services. Check out our list popular Monument Valley area hotels below.
Area Car Rental Options
Monument Valley Car Rentals: There are no car rental agencies in Monument Valley so you’ll need rent a car before you arrive to explore this area.
Monument Valley Shuttles: There are a few companies that offer shuttles to Monument Valley, but it’s pricey and you’re typically better off having your own car.
Closest Airports to Monument Valley
There is a small private airport in Monument Valley, but permission is needed to land there. There are daily flights from major airports in Flagstaff AZ, Farmington NM, Grand Junction CO, and St George UT, but they are all a good drive from Monument Valley and you may be better coming directly from an international airport. Phoenix is the closest international airport at 5.5 hours, while Salt Lake City and Las Vegas are about a 7-hour drive.
Best Restaurants and Dining Options
The View lodge within Monument Valley Tribal Park has food and beverages available. Right outside the Park, Goulding’s also has a lodge and dining options. The majority of restaurants and other services are located in Kayenta.
Weather and Climate
The average summer highs are in the 90’s, although it does cool off quite a bit at night especially after an afternoon thunderstorm so it’s definitely worth checking out if you’re in the area. Fall is probably the best time to explore the area with spring as a close second. Spring and fall are very mild with highs in the 60’s and 70’s and lows in the 40’s to 50’s. Winter can be cold with nighttime lows dropping below freezing, but mild days have highs in the 40’s and solitude abounds with very few of Monument Valley’s 400,000 annual visitors passing through this time of year.