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Monument Valley is located within the Navajo Indian Tribal park which is near the Utah and Arizona state border. This iconic location has been in multiple movies including Forrest Gump. It is known for its breathtaking, red rock structures and vast desert backdrops. Some popular locations to take photos include Forrest Gump Point, John Ford's Point, Elephant Butte, The Three Sisters, and the Visitor's Center Lookout.
Hours of Operation:
April 1 – September 30 (Peak Season): 6 a.m. – 8 p.m., 7 days a week
October 1 – March 30 (Off Season): 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., 7 days a week
CLOSED: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day
Entrance Fee Required
Per Vehicle Pass: $20 per non-commercial vehicle up to 4 people ($6 each additional passenger)
Per Individual Pass: $10 per walk-in, bicycle, or motorcycle
Commercial Pass: (based on capacity of vehicle)
1-4 Passengers: $35 (additional $6 each)
5-15 Passengers: $100
15-25 Passengers: $125
26+ Passengers: $300
Tips From Other Creatives In The Tribe
"If you sign up for a ‘photo tour’ with one of the guides (who are located just outside the View’s parking lot), they’ll take you to spots not open to the general public. They’re not the ‘iconic’ spots everyone takes a picture of, but they’re every bit as spectacular, if not more so. My recommendation would be to sign up for a tour ; make sure it’s a ‘photo’ tour, so the guide will take you to the most photogenic places." - Photography Life
"Bring a wide-angle lens – I did not have one and was a bit disappointed I couldn’t capture the look I was going for.
Bring warm clothes – despite what you may think, if you’re rising early for the sunrise, it’s actually chilly. Even in the summer months.
Bring a heavy-weight tripod – it can get very windy in Monument Valley and could easily knock over your tripod.
Protect your lens – Once again it’s windy, so be especially careful to protect your lens from debris. It took me forever to get the little grains of sand out of the camera crevices." - Lavender Vines
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