Sealed with a “Monument Valley” Experience

“Keep on dreaming even if it breaks your heart.” – Eli Young Band

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In my previous blog entries, we covered most of Utah’s mighty five. I wanted to take you someplace different but similar to the National Parks I’ve visited in the past. Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park is filled with breathtaking landscapes located on the Utah/Arizona border. The location is quite remote with a 14-mile graded dirt road. A truck or an SUV would be the best way to get through the roads leading to most of the major monuments. My friends and I arrived late at night at the campsite and crashed soon after from the long road trip. I did take a moment to appreciate the stars that night. The night sky was so clear I felt like I could just reach out and touch them with my fingertips. The next day I woke up early and was at a loss for words with this view at dawn.

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It really doesn’t get any better than this for an outdoor enthusiast like me. The view was worth freezing my ass off in the cold weather. Hiking, unfortunately, is quite restricted without a tour guide. The Wildcat Trail, a 3.2-mile loop around West Mitten Butte, is the only path you can hike without a guide. We packed up our stuff, loaded it in the truck, and took the 14-mile dirt road to check out the major monuments. Below are pictures we took along the way.

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I hope the pictures convinced you to add Monument Valley to the places you’d like to visit.

My tips for this trip:

1. Bring lots of water and a spare tire for the bumpy road.
2. Bring a camera with a huge memory card.
3. Bring a cooler with ice – especially if the weather gets hot.
4. Monument Valley entrance fee is: $10/person or $20/vehicle.
The address is: Indn Rte 42, Oljato-Monument Valley, AZ 84536
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7.  Don’t forget to bring a match or a lighter.  Please see my blog entry The Perfect β€œRed Rock” Escape for the perfect fire starter.

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The address of Monument Valley is: Indn Rte 42, Oljato-Monument Valley, AZ 84536
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93 Comments Add yours

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Bel, once again thank you for sharing your trip. Through you I can walk in places I’d never be able to navigate in this body. But you take me with you through the incredible photos you share. Bless you, Bel!

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    1. Bel says:

      Hi, Elizabeth! Thanks for your kind words 😊

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  2. Your photographs are exquisite. Thank you for sharing them

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    1. Bel says:

      I appreciate the kind words. Thank you for taking time to read my blog. 😊

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  3. brunooliveiraphotography says:

    Really enjoyed that post. Very interesting indeed!

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you! 😊

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    1. Bel says:

      Thanks for the reblog 😊

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  4. Kevin Baum says:

    Awesome article! Great photos, too. Keep it up!

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    1. Bel says:

      Thanks, Kevin! Glad you liked it. 😊

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  5. Raj says:

    Wow! lovely pictures!

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    1. Bel says:

      Thanks! Appreciate it 😊

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  6. Reblogged this on Art by Rob Goldstein and commented:
    from roads bel travelled

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  7. Very wonderful blog filled with lots of insight for the travel minded. Thank you for sharing your adventures!!

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you! I appreciate the lovely compliment. 😊 I’m glad you liked it!

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  8. Hi Bel. I love camping too! My friends and I went on a camping trip and spent 10 hours to hike one of the highest peak in the Philippines (2,926 metres above sea level). You’re right, the view was worth freezing in the cold weather! Best of luck on your next travel!

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    1. Bel says:

      Hi Deborah! That sounds amazing. I’m sure you had great views from the top of the mountain. Camping is so much fun. πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘

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  9. lifecoast says:

    This was a great stop on my trip. Wish I could’ve spent more time.

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    1. Bel says:

      There is never enough time it seems!!😊

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  10. jidepounds says:

    Beautiful bel… I feel like traveling this roads with you… 😊 am in love with your pictures too…

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    1. Bel says:

      Thanks! Monument Valley is really beautiful! πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘

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      1. jidepounds says:

        Which country is it situated in the world…

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      2. Bel says:

        USA – Utah

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  11. Krista says:

    Have you ever considered writing an ebook or guest authoring on other blogs? I have a blog based on the same topics you discuss and would really like to have you share some stories/information. I know my visitors would enjoy your work. If you’re even remotely interested, feel free to send me an email.

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    1. Bel says:

      Hi, Krista! For now, I’m just focused on my blog. Thank you 😊

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  12. da-AL says:

    gorgeous! have visited Grand Canyon & Indian Country – glorious πŸ™‚

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    1. Bel says:

      Truly a glorious place and experience. Thank you! 😊

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  13. Lilly Moore says:

    It looks beautiful!

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you, Lilly! It’s even more beautiful when you’re there. 😊

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  14. Those are some of the most beautiful pictures I have ever seen. If only to see it in person. You are so forunate.

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you. Monument Valley is really a beautiful place.

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  15. Hey, girl! How ya been? Been missing ya. Hope all is well! 🌹

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    1. Bel says:

      Hi! I’m good. Thanks for asking😊 Hope all is well with you too.

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  16. Nancy says:

    Fabulous photos. I have been to Red Rock Canyon when I lived in Vegas. These pics remind me of the magnificent terrain you captured with your camera. ❀

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you, Nancy! I’m so glad you liked it 😊

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      1. Nancy says:

        My pleasure! πŸŒ»πŸ’š

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  17. Wanda says:

    Your very welcome!

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  18. Wanda says:

    Awesome..Hallelujah.
    Keep pressing !

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    1. Bel says:

      Thanks, Wanda! 😊

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  19. neilirving says:

    Looks absolutely stunning, I have seen quite a few travel vlogs, blogs and van dwellers who have visited, definitely on our to do list

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    1. Bel says:

      Monument Valley is scenic and rugged. It is truly a work of art. πŸ‘

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  20. bpsenapati says:

    Beautiful photos Bel! And I hope your advice will help us a lot for the trip.

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you! I hope it does help a lot 😊

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  21. aruna3 says:

    Wonderful monument valley n beautiful arizona n utah.

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you. It truly is a wonderful place. 😊

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      1. aruna3 says:

        I know.most welcome dear.πŸ’–

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  22. I’m so jealous, I would love to visit Utah…one day ❀

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    1. Bel says:

      Hi, Victoria! You definitely should visit Utah…there is so much to see and do! 😊

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      1. I’m forever pinning things on America and they’re pretty much all there! I will make it one day for sure 😊

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      2. Bel says:

        I know I have a ton of places to visit on my list too. There are just so many beautiful places to see and not enough time or money(on my part) 😊

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  23. windstrewn says:

    You can forget about yourself and remember yourself, all at once, in the longshadows of the Mittens. And Eli Young wouldn’t mind the red dirt one bit, Bel. Hell, he’d probably brush his teeth with it. Good stuff.

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    1. Bel says:

      You described it much better than I ever could. Thank you for the lovely words. Monument Valley is extraordinary. I totally agree that Eli Young would love it as well ❀

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  24. chevvy8 says:

    Starkly beautiful!!

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    1. Bel says:

      It is! I always wish I could afford a better camera to capture the night sky!!

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      1. chevvy8 says:

        Well the daylight pictures are certainly amazing! πŸ˜€

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      2. Bel says:

        You are too kind! Thank you! πŸ€—

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    1. Bel says:

      Really awesome! Thanks 😊

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  25. Love your photos! πŸ˜‰

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you Felicia! ❀

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  26. *love Lol gotta live auto correct Lol

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    1. Bel says:

      πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘

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  27. Lobe the tips… All the parks in Arizona are amazing… The Indian Ruins throughout the state are incredible by the one at Roosevelt Lake can make one cry… Incredibly amazing ❀😊❀ great pics and post. I’m from AZ so I know it well 😊😊😊😊😊

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    1. Bel says:

      Wow! Thanks for the compliment considering you know the place so well. Arizona is amazing and there are so many places to explore 😊❀

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      1. Yes there are Bel I still have a home outside of Phoenix that my daughter lives in…. If you ever want to know about gorgeous and fun places feel free to ask… I’m a dirt loving tree hugging nature lover Lol πŸ˜‚

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      2. Bel says:

        Lol! You and me both…I just love the outdoors – ❀😊 I have a long list of places to visit and have been blessed to see so much as well. 😊

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      3. Me tooooo lists for days Lol❀❀❀ I’m in the midst of saving for a van to convert and going to live the van life until I don’t wanna anymore Lol so so excited ❀❀❀

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      4. Bel says:

        Omg! I was thinking about doing that as well! Will you let me know how it works for you once you do it – cost wise and stuff? Or if you write about it i’ll probably read it as well. That is so exciting! πŸ˜πŸ‘

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      5. Without a doubt… It’s been a dream of mine and over done enough research for 20 freaking vans Hahahaha My friend did hers for under 700 and hers is sweet.. And she’s a solo female traveler too … She has been on the road for 4 yrs now and says she’ll never stop Hahahaha and we’re old Hahahaha πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I totally will keep you posted too… ❀😊❀

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      6. Bel says:

        That is so inspiring and under $700? Wow! That is a dream of mine. I would love to travel solo too. Your friend is awesome. So are you! 😊

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      7. So are you Bel 😊😊 I just told my friend that we should start a solo ladies van life club Hahahaha πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ you’re more than welcome my friend 😊😊😊 I’m hoping to be on the road by July 😊😊 even if it’s not fully completed… I don’t want crazy fancy I just want functional and simple 😊😊😊

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      8. Bel says:

        Yeah and we could meet up at some of the campsites over hot cocoa or tequila 😜 It would be awesome to start something like that and I also want functional and simple. Gosh, you got me all excited but I still have a looooong way to go before I could even afford that lifestyle! I still have lots of bills and responsibilities πŸ™„

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      9. You’d be surprised how inexpensive it really is Bel… Like WAY cheap… I don’t really go on Facebook my posts do but I don’t Lol I do chat on messenger though you should find me on there Ricci Jones and it should say Phoenix

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      10. Bel says:

        Okay I will add you to my messenger as soon as I get home. 😊

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      11. Ok looking forward to it ❀

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      12. Bel says:

        Lol! I was just covering all bases here. πŸ˜œπŸ»πŸΉβ˜•οΈ

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      13. Hahahaha πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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      14. I freaking love universal connections 😊😊😊

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      15. Bel says:

        Right? this is just so cool. Travelers unite πŸ‘Š

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  28. Monument Valley is beautiful. I was fortunate to get a chance to go there a few years ago, though it was only for a short while. It must be fun to camp there and get to walk around a bit. Great photos.

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you, Jen! Yes, it was quite an unforgettable experience. I’m glad I was able to visit and explore Monument Valley. 😊

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  29. Sheldon Bass says:

    Thank you for allowing us to vicariously experience such a gorgeous visual adventure. My feet are itching to travel!

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    1. Bel says:

      Thanks for your kind comment, Sheldon. I hope you get to visit this place soon! 😊

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  30. Thanks for the fantastic photos Bel. I hope to see it in person one day.

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    1. Bel says:

      I’m glad you liked the pictures enough to visit it one day! 😊

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  31. Great photos Bel and advice.

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    1. Bel says:

      Thank you! I find myself falling for every single place 😊

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      1. Isn’t it great!!!!! What memories!!!!!

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      2. Bel says:

        Yes and you probably understand exactly how I feel…πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘

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