The park encompasses over 30,000 acres of spectacular stone monoliths such as the Mittens, Elephant Butte, the Stagecoach, the Totem Pole, and Merrick Butte. The Navajo people have been the sole occupants of the Valley for decades, although an exact date is not known when the area first became inhabited. Experience the beauty as you travel alongside breathtaking monuments, buttes, mesas, canyons, and free standing rock formations that defy gravity. The tranquility of the land, culture, and traditions will leave you with irreplaceable memories.
Valley of the Gods
Valley of the Gods and Monument Valley offers a truly breathtaking day of sightseeing. The Sand Island petroglyph, an incredible rock art panel, is only one example of the countless spots to visit within the valley.
Four Corners Monument
Erected in 1912, this monument marks the only place in the United States where four states (Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, and Colorado) intersect.
Also at or near Four Corners Monument exists a year-round open visitor center, picnic tables, authentic Navajo food, and handmade Navajo jewelry.
Over 1,700 archeological sites have been recorded in this nearly untouched place. The cedar mesa area stretches over 385,000 acres offering unbelievable opportunities for camping and hiking.
Because of Cedar Mesa’s extremely high temperatures in the summer months, spring and fall are the ideal times to visit.
Grand Gulch, a branch of Cedar Mesa Canyon, is well known for its archaeology sites and vast isolated areas; characteristics backpackers and hikers all over the world travel to experience. Historically, Grand Gulch protects the remains of civilizations that date as far back as 6500 B.C. (according to the BLM). The civilizations to whom most pottery shards, corn cobs, kivas, granaries, and ruins are attributed to, come from earlier times- closer to 750 A.D. to 1300 A.D. Holding hundreds of Anasazi ruins well-kept and secret from most eyes, the Grand Gulch Wilderness Area is truly incredible.
Butler Wash is teeming with ancient remnants of the past. Rock art, Kivas, pottery, handprints, and dwellings all left by the Anasazi Indians hundreds of years ago.
Stretching nearly 120 miles (193 kilometers) across parts of Arizona and Utah exists Comb Ridge. This unbelievable sandstone formation was created some 65 million years and still stands, a witness to the power of tectonic plates. Geologist claim the teeth-like appearance of Comb Ridge is due to tectonic forces “folding” the earth’s upper crust, resulting in unequal proportions; one side higher and the other lower. This “monocline” effect continues every 400 to 500 feet, the full 120 miles. It is truly incredible.