|Dunes, Totem Pole, and Yei Bi Chei
photo, Linde Waidhofer
||We offer vehicle tours, hiking tours, and custom- designed tours including overnight camping and special photographic tours through Monument Valley and nearby Mystery Valley. For our vehicle tours we use comfortable 4 x 4 enclosed vehicles for smaller groups. Depending on your available time, you can choose from the following tours:
1 1/2 Hour Tour
We take you halfway into “the Valley,” with additional photo stops, driving the entire 17-mile loop road, to see the most celebrated buttes, spires and panoramic views from different angles. $65 per person.
2 1/2 Hour Tour
Our most popular tour! In addition to the 1 1/2 hour tour route we show you the backcountry with its natural arches, Anasazi petroglyphs, and ancient Anasazi dwellings. The backcountry of Monument Valley is a restricted area and only guided tours are allowed. A visit to a Navajo woman’s hogan is optional. At the hogan, Effie Yazzie will demonstrate Navajo rug weaving and your guide will talk about Navajo life: What is it like to grow up and live out here? Why are there male and female hogans? Why do they always face east? What native plants do we use, and how?… The tour continues through an area of natural arches and Anasazi petroglyphs and ruins. Who were the Anasazi? What happened to them?… We finish with a visit to Sand Springs, the Totem Pole and Yei Bi Chei rocks. $70 per person.
Sunrise & Sunset Tours
These are regular tours we run at Sunrise and at Sunset. They are not designed as photo tours. We show you as much of the valley in a short period of time as we can. Not enough time to work with tripods or to compose photo's. The best time for photography - even for non-professionals - is early in the morning or in the hours around sunset when Monument Valley shows off its finest colors. Our Sunrise and Sunset Tours usually last 2.5 hours, but even an hour and a half at sunrise or sunset is well worth it. Price per person: $65 for 1 1/2 hours; $70 for 2 1/2 hours.
||Half-Day Tour (4 hours)
Minimum of 4 people. You have a choice of Monument Valley or nearby Mystery Valley.
Mystery Valley offers many ancient, beautiful and well-preserved Anasazi dwellings, petroglyphs and pictographs, as well as natural arches. The Anasazi Indians lived throughout this area before they disappeared 800 years ago. Because few tours go there, Mystery Valley is a very quiet and peaceful place. $90 per person.
The half-day Monument Valley tour includes additional photo opportunities, additional ruins and petroglyphs, and a short walk to Hidden Arch. Also $90 per person.
Minimum of 4 people. We spend a half day in Monument Valley and a half day in Mystery Valley (see the descriptions above) with a lunch break at noon. $150 per person lunch and tax included.
Minimum of 2 people. Monument Valley offers great hiking opportunities, including: Hunts Mesa, in particular, is a spectacular overlook, high above Monument Valley. It is a 6-hour round-trip hike and 8 hours round-trip by vehicle. Hiking up to Hunts Mesa is strenuous, with a rope ladder at one point.This is beautiful but rugged country. For serious photographers, overnight camping on Hunts Mesa is recommended.$150 (+ 5%) tax per person to Hunt's Mesa.
Minimum 2 people. If camping sounds good, but you dont want to bring all your camping gear, we can provide tents and sleeping bags at no extra cost. On camping trips we serve a hot supper and a hot breakfast. Our designated campsites offer lovely views.1 or 2 people $550.00 (+5% tax). 3 or more $250.00 (+5% tax) per person.
Photo Guide Service
Guiding serious photographers is one of our specialties. We have worked with many professional photographers and know the changing light of Monument Valley like no one else. A custom guided photographic tour with Tom is the best way to realize the full photographic potential of this spectacular and legendary landscape. For sunrise photos of the Totem Pole, we leave the Visitor Center an hour before sunrise. After sunrise, we then move on to one of three sand dune locations, and depending on available time we might visit two arches. Of course, 4 hours is not enough to exhaust the photographic possibilities of Monument Valley, but this is our shortest tour. For an all-day photo experience, Our photo guides will take you out 4 hours in the morning and again for 4 hours in the evening. This leaves time in the middle of the day for lunch, napping or sightseeing. For the morning and evening, sunrise-sunset tour, $250 per person.
Hunt's Mesa Photo Tour
This is a very rough road and not good for people with back problems.
It takes 2 to 2.5 hours to drive to the top of Hunt's Mesa. It takes the same amount of time to get off the mesa so we have to leave the top 1.5 hours before sunset.
We camp overnight on the mesa. We start from the Visitor's Center 5 hours before sundown. Once we are on top of the mesa we drop you off where you will photograph
the sunset. After sundown we go into camp for a hot supper. Next morning we go to a different location to photograph the sunrise. After breakfast we head back down the mesa and back at
the Visitor's Center around 10:00 or 11:00 am.
We can provide everything like tents, sleeping bags and mats. Do bring your own flashlight and good hiking boots and pillows.
We will need to know if anyone is on a diet restriction.
1 or 2 people $275.00 (+5% tax) per person.
3 or more people $250.00 (+5% tax) per person.
Custom Group Tours
We enjoy creating custom tours for groups of all sizes. We have also organized very successful workshops for photo groups. Tour operators and organizers should contact us directly with your needs.
Things to Remember
We operate on daylight savings time. Utah time, not Arizona time.
We start all of our tours from the Visitor's Center in Monument Valley.
We have no set time for our tours. You get to set the time for your tour.
Highway 163 runs north and south through Monument Valley. 1/4 mile north of Arizona, Utah stateline there is an intersection.
Turn East. Go 4 miles and you are at the Visitor's Center. There is a $5.00 per person Enterance Fee. This is a Navajo Tribal park, not a National Park.
In the parking lot there is an information booth. At the booth ask for Carlos Phillips, Carl Phillips or Ray Begay. We work together.
To Book Your Tour
The easiest way to book your tour of Monument Valley is to call us - at 928 429-0665 or 928 429-0040. We delight in tailoring your Monument Valley tour to your particular interests and needs. In a sense, every Phillips Photography Tours is a custom tour.
If you would like to arrange a special photo tour, or multi-day tour, or a tour for a large group, it is always a good idea to contact us well in advance. Monument Valley is still a rugged, rural location, almost a wilderness, with only sketchy phone service, and reliable email. So please call us at:
This cellular phone has good days and bad days, so you might have to call more than once. However, our voice mail system is very dependable, so you can leave a message and we will return your call as soon as possible. You can always write us (at the address below) and we will get back in touch with you. For further information or reservations, please contact: