Monument Valley is a protected area in Arizona, and is considered one of the most spectacular views on earth. It has been the backdrop for more than a few westerns that have been filmed, due to its ability to combine a picturesque backdrop and also reflect the desolation and wide open spaces of the American southwest. Each year, thousands of tourists plan to visit this area in order to take in the views of the “monuments” stretching thousands of feet from the desert floor to the sky, but many abandon those plans when they find out just how far the area is from the nearest developed area.
If you are flying from your home to a place that will serve as the starting place for your trip to Monument Valley, you will probably want to fly into Las Vegas, as the airport serves as one of the busiest in the country. Because of this fact, you will have far more choices of flights and better airfares than if you fly into a less popular airport. Many of the small towns that are in the surrounding area of Monument Valley may be closer, but will have little to offer as far as airlines that can land at a nearby airport, or hotels and restaurants. Monument Valley is 6.5 hours from Las Vegas through some of the most desolate areas in the country, so you are going to want to plan accordingly.
One of the best suggestions is to plan your trip from Las Vegas to Monument Valley as part of a bigger trip offered by one of the tour operators that provide adventure tours from Las Vegas as a starting point. Most of these businesses will offer Monument Valley in combination with Zion Canyon, the Grand Canyon and Bryce Canyon, due to the fact that the parks can be visited as part of a “tour loop” that will travel from Las Vegas to Zion, then on to the other parks from there. Zion is only a few hours from Las Vegas, and is spectacular in its own right. Because it can be used as a first stop that will be halfway between Las Vegas and Monument Valley, the visitors will be able to utilize more of their day at the park and less time driveling for echo day of the tour. This provides visitors with an experience of multiple parks with the least amount of drive time to each one.
If you are interested in seeing Monument Valley, make sure you look into the offerings of tour operators in the area that combine the trip with several other National Parks.