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Old 09-19-2019, 05:56 PM   #1
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Monument Valley yes or no?

Leaving Moab next week heading back to TN. Trying to decide on monument valley. May add another night to our 3 plus week trip. What do you think?
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You're this close, why not?

We were nearby in 2017 but didn't go. I'm wishing we had.
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Old 09-19-2019, 06:25 PM   #3
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YES and then you are pretty close to Petrified Forest on the way back...
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Old 09-19-2019, 06:53 PM   #4
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We did Monument Valley this last spring and booked the 3.5 hour guided tour at the Navajo Tribal Park. A bit spendy but we felt it was worth it. $20 I think to enter the park and another $85 each for the tour. It was just us two and four others that were in the same party. Our guide was fantastic and spent time demonstrating with a bottle of water and sand exactly how the monuments formed. We toured ancient ruins and were able to walk right up to them. Lots of cave markings too. Here is a link to the tour we attended and I’ll try to pull up a couple of pics of our tour.

If you don’t want to do the guided tour the $20 park entry allows you to do your own driving tour. We didn’t do this due to lack of time but really enjoyed our guided tour.

Edit, we did the Mystery Valley Tour for $105. Felt the additional $20 was worth it!

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A little movie trivia - that's where Forest Gump ended his long "run" journey on the Arizona-Utah border. It's a unique scenic area to see. Also, the view from the Goosenecks State Park is awesome as well. It's on that same route. Well worth the additional delay - besides, that's part of the camping experience. Most definitely worth the extra travel time. Enjoy, and safe travels.
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Leaving Moab next week heading back to TN. Trying to decide on monument valley. May add another night to our 3 plus week trip. What do you think?
ABSOLUTELY!!!
Stay at Goulding's RV Park.

Goulding's also has a small John Wayne museum
It's in the old block room that you have seen as "his quarters" in the movies.

If you have a 4x4 or a vehicle with high ground clearance. You should try to drive thru the valley.

It is on Reservation property, so you need to pay an entrance fee.$20, I think last time.

Heck we drove thru in my PT Cruiser. But drove that road slowly!!

And get up early to take pics of the sunrise!

Spectacular!!
Have fun!!.
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DH and I did the self guided driving tour about about 15 years ago on our Harley's. The road was not to go but that is the advantage of a motorcycle. You can miss the pot holes and ruts most of the time. Once we got down into the Valley it was beautiful. It is a must do.
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Do it. One of the most beautiful places you'll ever see and yes Gouldings is worth it.
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Old 09-20-2019, 01:35 PM   #10
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Leaving Moab next week heading back to TN. Trying to decide on monument valley. May add another night to our 3 plus week trip. What do you think?
Absolutely, yes go. Goodings RV Park great place to stay
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Old 09-20-2019, 01:45 PM   #11
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Yes, yes, and yes!
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Absolutely! And Valley of the Gods is also nearby and also worth seeing.
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Old 09-20-2019, 02:34 PM   #13
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Monument Valley

Without question go! The Goulding park is a great place to stay. Take the tour mention as well!
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Old 09-20-2019, 02:37 PM   #14
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This is a good read.

Monument Valley Loop
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Old 09-20-2019, 02:52 PM   #15
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As previously mentioned. Where Forest Gump's run ended. And a picture from our campsite at Goosenecks State Park
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Old 09-20-2019, 04:37 PM   #16
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Monument Valley was also the inspiration for all those great John Ford westerns. Definitely do it.
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Old 09-20-2019, 04:45 PM   #17
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Absolutely, yes go. Goodings RV Park great place to stay

Third from us, great/beautiful and the RV park is in a great spot. We were there late October a couple of years ago and weather was still nice.



The drive is easily done in a pickup truck or SUV, don't need 4WD but don't take a Cadillac.


Highly recommend it.
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I was there last summer with my wife and daughter. One of my favorite spots on our trip. We had just came from Moab and Mesa Verde. I bet I took 100 plus pictures. Many of them I took in the morning as the sun was coming up over the valley.
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Old 09-20-2019, 08:40 PM   #19
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Thanks for all the responses!
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