Welcome to Eastern Arizona

From Flagstaff east to the New Mexico line, the most dominant scenic feature often seems to be the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railway freights that run alongside the interstate. But there are some iconic Route 66 sites along here, and a few spots that will surprise you just off the road

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$75 Outdoor Activities

Lower Monument Valley Safari

Journey through the restricted region of Lower Monument Valley discovering for yourself the untouched splendor of Navajo Land. Traverse the desert landscape visiting the world's largest Elephant Butte and the Three Sisters spires at John Ford's Point. Later, divert into the back country and see up close the valley's famous Big Chief Monument and Sleeping Dragon Rock. Further into the restricted area venture underneath Sun's Eye arch, the valley's second largest arch and find some of the valley's oldest Anasazi ruins, petroglyphs and pictographs. Hike the sand dunes at Ear of the Wind arch and walk inside the Big Hogan, Monument Valley's largest amphitheater.The 3.5-hour option is recommended to those interested in a thorough aesthetic, historical and cultural insight of Monument Valley. An extension of the 2.5-hour tour, this trip travels the complete route with a visit to the Yazzie residence where you will witness a live interactive demonstration from one of the Yazzie family inside a traditional Navajo home, the Hogan. Afterward, traverse deep into the valley's side-box canyons, which house many of the valley's finest arches and window. Featuring a more in-depth narration of the valley's history, geography as well as culture and lore, this safari includes a customary performance held at the Big Hogan. Relax as your guide demonstrates either a traditional chant or plays the Native American Flute.

$75 Outdoor Activities

2.5 Hour Guided Tour of Monument Valley

The 2.5 hour tour makes a first stop at the famous John Ford’s Point where many of John Wayne’s western cinematic movies were film, and also the Transformers: Age of Extinction featuring Mark Wahlberg. Next, your guide will drive to The Backcountry of the park and escort you to the “Sun’s Eye Arch.” At “Sun’s Eye Arch” you will be standing at a specific degree to look up into the rock arch and see why it is named Sun’s Eye. At the same location you will also see Petroglyphs and hear your guide’s stories. Next, you will travel to the “Big Hogan.” The Big Hogan is a great place to take family pictures and lie against the rocks and feel its warmth. Your guide will provide stories and suggest great photo shots. The last stop in the Backcountry is the “Ear of the Wind.” This is the largest arch in the park, and your guide will escort you to a photogenic spot where you can take photographs. Next, you will be guided to the Totem Pole and Yei Bi Cheii Monuments where you will be able to take photographs and hear the cultural stories behind each monument. The last stop is at the North Window where you will have a chance to take pictures of the Mittens and Butte at a different angle. Your tour guide will then slowly and safely transport you back to your departure point. Our guides have been praised for describing and explaining their stories to our friends. Our guides are local and friendly people who are First Aid and CPR certified. We do offer water for our customers but you are also encouraged to bring your own snacks and other necessities.

$85 Outdoor Activities

3-Hour Monument Valley Sunrise or Sunset Tour

This tour is a custom tour and are not necessarily in the order below. Each guide has their own itinerary and have a specific place and time to be throughout the tour. The 3 hour tour makes a stop at the famous John Ford’s Point where many of John Wayne’s western cinematic movies were film, and also the Transformers: Age of Extinction featuring Mark Wahlberg. Next, your guide will drive to The Backcountry of the park and escort you to the arches. At “Sun’s Eye Arch” you will be standing at a specific degree to look up into the rock arch and see why it is named Sun’s Eye. At the same location you will also see Petroglyphs and hear your guide’s stories. You will also travel to the “Big Hogan.” The Big Hogan is a great place to take family pictures and lie against the rocks and feel its warmth. Your guide will provide stories and suggest great photo shots. In the Backcountry is the “Ear of the Wind.” This is the largest arch in the park, and your guide will escort you to a photogenic spot where you can take photographs. You will be guided to the Totem Pole and Yei Bi Cheii Monuments where you will be able to take photographs and hear the cultural stories behind each monument. At the North Window where you will have a chance to take pictures of the Mittens and Butte at different angles. Your tour guide will then slowly and safely transport you back to your departure point.

$90 Cultural & Theme Tours

Cultural Tour of Lower Monument Valley Tribal Park

The Navajo culture has thrived on the land between the Four Scared Mountains, and those teachings have been inherited through generations of verbal and lesson teaching methods. Some of these teachings are shared with you during the Cultural Tour by your Navajo guide. The Cultural, 3.5 hour tour makes a first stop at the famous John Ford’s Point where many of John Wayne’s western cinematic movies were filmed. Next, your guide will drive to The Backcountry of the park and escort you to the “Sun’s Eye Arch" and Hogan Demonstration. At “Sun’s Eye Arch” you will be standing at a specific degree to look up into the rock arch and see why it is named Sun’s Eye. At the same location you will also see Petroglyphs and hear your guide’s stories. Next, you will travel to the “Big Hogan.” The Big Hogan is a great place to take family pictures and lie against the rocks and feel its warmth. Your guide will provide stories and suggest great photo shots. The last stop in the Backcountry is the “Ear of the Wind.” This is the largest arch in the park, and your guide will escort you to a photogenic spot where you can take photographs. Next, you will be guided to the Totem Pole and Yei Bi Cheii Monuments where you will be able to take photographs and hear the cultural stories behind each monument. The last stop is at the North Window where you will have a chance to take pictures of the Mittens and Butte at a different angle. Your tour guide will then slowly and safely transport you back to your departure point. Unfortunately, we cannot give much information about our guides’ stories because each guide has very uniquely different stories to tell. Our guides’ stories come from personal experience, lore, legends and the Navajo culture.

$375 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Hunts Mesa Campout

Recommended for amateur or professional photographers, this safari offers award winning photo opportunities in a landscape unlike any in the world.You will begin this safari 5 hours before sundown. The 2 hour drive takes you to the scenic Hunt's Mesa overlook. At 6,795 feet above see level, the safari camp overlooks the whole of Lower Monument Valley. You will arrive approximately 3 hours before the sun begins to set. During that time your safari guide will familiarize you with the area including some of the best places to capture sunset photos.Visitors to Hunt's Mesa take great pleasure in marveling at its unspoiled beauty; rich, colorful, dramatic and sheer cliffs; and magnificent panoramas.On this safari, to take advantage of the mesas many opportunites, you must be willing to "rough it." While you take sunset photographs, you experienced guide will set up camp and make a cedar-wood fire. Monument Valle Safari provides everything for your comfort, including clean sleeping bags, a large spring bar tent, reclining camping chairs, toiletries, and an optional meals package.In the morning you will have plenty of time to explore the area and take once in a lifetime sunrise photos. On our decent from the mesa you will visit some of the area's natural arches and Anasazi ruins tucked away in labyrinthine narrow canyons and alcoves. The travel website TripAdvisor awards our popular 18 Hour Hunt's Mesa Safari its highest rating.

$60 Tours & Sightseeing

1.5 Hour Tour of Monument Valley's Valley Loop Drive

The 1.5 hour tour makes a first stop at the famous "John Ford's Point" where many of John Wayne's western cinematic movies were filmed and also the Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) featuring Mark Wahlberg. Next, you will be guided to the Totem Pole and Yei Bi Cheii monuments where you will be able to take photographs and hear the cultural stories behind each monument.Lastly, we will travel to the North Window where you will have a chance to take pictures of the West and East Mittens, and also Merrick Butte at a different angle. Your tour guide will then slowly and safely transport you back to your departure point.Our guides have been praised for being very descriptive in explaining their stories to our visiting friends. Our guides are local and friendly people who are First Aid and CPR certified. We do offer water for our friends but you are also encouraged to bring your own snacks and other necessities.