Monument Valley, AZ-UT
The thing to remember before attempting to see Monument Valley is its'
location. Monument Valley is located in the upper part of Arizona and the
lower part of Utah. (About 400 miles away from Las Vegas.) Although this may
seem like a little far to be considered for the Guide, after having been
there myself, I thought I'd be doing a disservice if I didn't cover this
Las Vegas tourist potential destination.
Ok, first off let's talk about the accomodations. To properly discuss this topic, it is imperative that one realize that Monument Valley it extremely remote, located 45 miles into the Navajo Indian Nation. Although every effort seems to have been made to accomodate the visitor, things can be a bit uncomfortable. In the summer things can get a bit on the hot side, with temperatures reaching the upper 120's, and in the winter it can get as low as 20 degrees!
Of the three major lodges in the area, Goulding's Lodge is the most convenient with decent sized suites, gas, grocery, pool and tours. Located about 25 miles away in Kayenta, AZ is the Witherill Motel. Although not as nice as Goulding's, the Witherill is a decent choice for the bargain oriented. Also located in Kayenta is the Monument Valley Holiday Inn for the discriminating traveler. Expect to pay around $120 a night for Goulding's, $95 a night for the Witherill Motel, and around $150-$200 for the Holiday Inn.