Monument Valley Hiking Trails, Hikes

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Hiking

Hiking opportunities are limited in Monument Valley without an authorized Navajo guide; however, there is one trail available for those who want to explore on their own.

  • Valley Road is located approximately 149 miles south of Moab.
  • The road is 17 miles long. Driving time ranges from 45 minutes to a few hours.
  • Highlights are marked by numbered markers, and include The Mittens rock formations, John Ford’s Point, and Artist’s Point, the most famous overlook in the park.

Overview

There is no better way to get up close and personal with monument valleys myriad of stone monoliths and scenic vistas than by hiking. Currently, The Wildcat Trail is the only hiking trail that be walked without hiring an authorized Navajo guide. All other hiking trips must be done under the supervision of an authorized guide. Popular guided destinations include Teardrop Arch, Mystery Valley, Hunts Mesa, and Douglas Mesa.

Wildcat Trail 

This trail circles the Left Mitten, a large sandstone monolith that closely resembles, yup, you guessed it, a mitten! Along the trail you’ll be treated to pristine still ponds, unique rock structures, and sweeping views of the valley.

Trailhead: Find the trailhead just past the Navajo Tribal Park visitor center, next to a large parking area. The trailhead is signed.

  • Distance: 4 miles
  • Average Time of Hike: 1.5 – 2 hours.
  • Elevation Gain: 900 feet.
  • Difficulty: Easy.
  • Trail Type: Loop.

Notes: Monument Valley is extremely hot in the summer, so remember to avoid hiking mid-day, and always carry plenty of water.