The famously spectacular Lower Antelope Canyon. Photo by Meckimac.
Also known as The Corkscrew or translated from Navajo language as Spiral Rock Arches, Lower Antelope – along with its mate a couple of miles away Upper Antelope – are slot canyons created by erosion through sand packed storm water. These slots can be visited only with a Navajo guide, not just to extract $$ from tourists but because there is a danger of flash flooding and not necessarily overhead. In 1997 eleven tourists dies here due to a flood that started 7 miles away.
Tours are quite pricey and range from $35 – $80 per person depending on timing.
The Hand. Photo by Bernard Gagnon.
Rock climbing and alcohol are not allowed while lengthy hikes are only permitted with a Navajo guide. Alternatively the Navajo run informative jeep and horseback tours, including some movie locations, Mystery Valley and Hunts Mesa.
Visitors must pay an access fee to drive through the park on a 17-mile (27 km) dirt road that takes about three hours.
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park Visitor Center Hours
Peak Season (May 1 – Sept 30) 6: 00am – 8: 00pm, 7 Days a week
Off Season (Oct 1 – Apr 30) until 8: 00am – 5: 00pm, 7 Days a week
Thanksgiving Day – 8: 00am – noon
Christmas and New Years Days – closed
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park Scenic Drive Hours
Peak Season (May 1-Sept 30) 6: 00am – 8: 30pm
Off Season (Oct – Apr) 8: 00am – 4: 30pm