Uncovering Arizona's hidden gems
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Monument Valley( Chi Vu )
Worth a visit?
Monument Valley left me only mildly impressed. During the 17-mile drive, I felt as though I was seeing the same monuments, as grand as they were, over and over again from different angles. For me, visiting the valley was a passive experience. We drove, got out at scenic vistas and snapped a few photos. Because Monument Valley is a Navajo tribal park, climbing is not permitted. Hiking opportunities are also limited.
My friend had a different opinion and was entranced by the valley's grandeur. Maybe I didn't get the full experience, because the $5 admission gives you access to just one-third of the park. I skipped the guided tours, which start at about $50 and can cost more than $100.
Some parts of the valley, including the Anasazi ruins of Mystery Valley, are accessible only by tours that use routes not open to the public. If you're interested, you can sign up at the park entrance or book ahead. If you go, take your time and don't be stingy.
Pictured: The Three Sisters formation.