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Old 05-11-2010, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Gilbert, Arizona
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We are planning a trip to Monument Valley and want to stay at "The View"
Anybody been there that can tell me about the place. I have only seen pictures on T.V. on "Arizona Highways" show. Is it worth the trip? Is there
anything else to see in the area? How about Kayenta?
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Old 05-11-2010, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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We are planning a trip to Monument Valley and want to stay at "The View"
Anybody been there that can tell me about the place. I have only seen pictures on T.V. on "Arizona Highways" show. Is it worth the trip? Is there
anything else to see in the area? How about Kayenta?
I've never been to that particular place but here's a website that tells you ALL about it.

The View Hotel is the only hotel inside Beautiful Monument Valley

It looks and sounds beautiful and looks to be worth the trip. Have fun!
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Old 05-11-2010, 09:03 PM
 
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Is there
anything else to see in the area? How about Kayenta?
I hope you mean things to see besides Monument Valley...and not besides a hotel!!!

it is a great area...drive beyond Monument Valley to Mexican Hat and take a look at the San Juan River where many boat trips start....then drive up to Goosenecks State Park (UT) for an incredible view of the serpentine San Juan from the rim above it...then drive a little further all the way up the unpaved (but passenger-car friendly) Moqui Dugway (UT highway 261) N of Mexican Hat and Goosenecks for an incredibly thrilling drive and an awesome view of the entire region from the top....

not much in Kayenta...a few motels and eating places...it's the main town for the area....check out the small Code Talkers Museum at the Burger King, owned by a descendant of one of them...it's a fantastic monument to the WW2 Navajo code talkers you can peruse while eating your Whopper....worth it to stop in
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Old 05-14-2010, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Kingman AZ
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I once visited Monument Valley and sat on the wall at the visitors center for 14 straight hours, watching the valley as the light changed from sunset to early morning....not for one second did I see the same monument valley [it was on June 21st and a full moon] longest day of the year....

SPECTACULAR
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Old 05-14-2010, 10:15 AM
 
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I once visited Monument Valley and sat on the wall at the visitors center for 14 straight hours, watching the valley as the light changed from sunset to early morning....not for one second did I see the same monument valley [it was on June 21st and a full moon] longest day of the year....

SPECTACULAR
Well where are the pictures? That would have made a great timelapse movie. Set camera on a tripod, set up interval timer to take shots automatically at some predetermined rate, and then make into a movie.
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Old 01-02-2011, 01:35 PM
 
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I have been to Monument Valley 12 to 14 times from 1963 until 2005 and it was Heaven on Earth and if you overlook a little commercialism....it is still the most exhilarating locale on in America.Hurry and see it.....pick an uncrowded time.
When I was younger I hired an American Indian guide...my pal Joe.Best way.
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Old 01-02-2011, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Metro Phoenix, AZ USA
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Somebody just posted a pic here the other day they had taken from The View on their trip there. I'll see if I can find it for you.

EDIT: Here it is, post #405. It was Finger Laker. You might want to send him a DM to let him know you are looking for info.

//www.city-data.com/forum/phoen...thread-41.html
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Old 01-02-2011, 04:43 PM
 
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I just stayed there a couple weeks ago .... not sure what you're interests are and what else you are looking to see.

For us, we were travelling with our 1 year old and wanted a stopping point between here and CO - worked out absolutely perfect.

We checked in around midnight (this wasn't a problem at all) - then woke up for sunrise the next morning .... I took a boat load of pictures and it was really quite stunning and pretty peaceful

Didn't realize that on the backside of the motel was more formations and great things to see (since it was dark when we arrived) ..... all rooms have balconies looking out toward the main buttes, there is a viewing deck area by the restaurant as well ..... on the backside of the motel they have some stools setup to view the rear formations

We made a quick stop in kayenta and I wouldn't say there was much there ..... the drive into UT was stunning past mexican hat, the valley of the gods and into Bluff.

There is a $5 cost pp to enter the park (the hotel is in the park) .... they then give you a $5 coupon off breakfast when you check in .... since we arrived so late there was no one to collect our admission

The buffet is normally $11 - nothing exotic, scrambled eggs, bacon (which was really smokey so we enjoyed it), sausage, potatoes, bagels & bread ... some cereal & yogurt as well ..... the salsa I used on my eggs was fantastic .... overall though a pretty typical hotel buffet

The rooms were plenty nice, but nothing exotic ..... ours was equiped with a refrigerator & microwave .... beds were comfortable, water pressure on the shower was fine - towels were very long

There is also a little gift shop/trading post area and some photos/history of the area

Keep in mind that since you are on the Navajo Nation you cannot buy alcohol onsite ... if you want a drink on your patio, you'll need to pack it

There is one trail that leaves from near the hotel that loops around left mitten - about 4 miles (we didn't do this as it was cold and we had a little one with us).

There is also a trail you can drive (again didn't do this as we had the lower profile family car)

Most exploring and tours are through navajo guides and they do restrict access pretty well.

I enjoyed it and would definitely go back.

I'm sure you could use it as a starting point to explore not only monument valley, but southern UT and northern AZ

If you have any other questions about the hotel just let me know.
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