I called the reservation /park phone #’s for MV with no answer. No attractions found. Hiking: Colorado National Monument is a hiker’s dream as its far less crowded but just as beautiful as the terrain you’ll find in more popular destinations like Moab and Crested Butte. But what you get are unbelievable sunset views over Monument Valley and a steak dinner cooked over a campfire. Tim and I dined on salads, which were nothing special, but they were a fraction of the cost of an entrée. Drivers and bikers will be treated to stunning views as they drive atop winding canyons, along steep rock faces, and through two narrow rock tunnels. Hello Lilia. In Kayenta we stopped for lunch at Amigo Café. Join us to receive monthly travel inspiration, photos, travel tips, and more. We had a deck with a great view and we could lie in bed and look out at West Mitten Butte. I recommend contacting the tour companies in Monument Valley, to see if they are offering tours. No matter where you go, expect hot temperatures in the summer (90 degrees Fahrenheit / 32 degrees Celsius is common), cold temperatures in the winter (at or below 20 degrees Fahrenheit / -7 degrees Celsius) and a dry landscape. Cheers, Julie. No part of this site may be reproduced without our written permission. Drive east into Colorado. It may not be quite as spectacular, but it also has much less tourist traffic. Colorado's eight National Monuments include Browns Canyon, Colorado National Monument, Chimney Rock, Canyons of the Ancients, Dinosaur, Florissant Fossil Beds, Hovenweep and Yucca House. Drive to Las Vegas and see the Valley of Fire on the way. It boasts the highest known density of archaeological sites in the country. Prices average around $90 per person (depending on the tour company) and last 3 to 4 hours. This tour takes you to all of the same sites you would see on your own, however, you do it with a guide and in their vehicle. We stayed in a cabin (in the front row) and loved it. You can take a tour on the Valley Drive with a Navajo guide. The park website recommends a few, and local Chicks Climbing offers some fantastic clinics specifically for female climbers.
Like Goulding’s Lodge, their prices are on the expensive side and the food is average. The visitors center is closed, and you can’t do the Tribal Park Loop or the Wildcat Trail, and the tour companies aren’t operating! Away from the summer crowds and throngs of tourists that file into the Rocky Mountain and Great Sand Dunes National Parks is another part of Colorado just waiting to be explored: the Western Slope. Now, Monument Valley has been featured in a large number of popular movies, including Forrest Gump, National Lampoons Vacation, Mission: Impossible II, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and the new HBO series Westworld. Colorado National Monument has two main entrances: the Eastern gate, near the town of Grand Junction, and the Western entrance (which is actually more to the north) near Fruita. We were surprised at how much there is to do in Monument Valley. Some of the more famous ones go directly up Independence Monument, including the popular “Otto’s Route.” Unless you’re an experienced climber, you should go with a guide, and there are many in the area. Your email address will not be published. Monument Valley isn’t close to anything, which is why it stayed off the radar for so long. If you’d like to stay outside the monument, the newly reopened Spoke & Vine Motel, about 10 miles from Grand Junction, provides comfortable and modern, hipster-inspired rooms, as well as a bottle of custom-blended local wine always on pour in the trendy lobby.
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