Monument Valley

Shortly after Four Corners, we headed back to Monument Valley to retake photos that we had lost. Since we were coming at it from a different direction, we had to take the infamous Route 163! I stood in the middle of the road while husband kept an eye out for any oncoming vehicles. I bet you've seen photos like this one before:

US 163 road to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Oljato, Arizona, Utah, Grand Circle

It's $5 per person to get into Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. To get a great view of all the monuments, there is a 17-mile dirt loop, which can get a bit hilly for some of the sedans we saw driving it at the pace of a snail.

Off road trail through Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Oljato, Arizona, Utah, Grand Circle

This is a well-traveled loop. There are other roads that branch off from the loop but you can only access it via a guided tour (this includes Totem Pole and Yei Bi Chei).

Off road trail through Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Oljato, Arizona, Utah, Grand Circle

Off road trail through Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Oljato, Arizona, Utah, Grand Circle

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Oljato, Arizona, Utah, Grand Circle

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Oljato, Arizona, Utah, Grand Circle

Off road trail through Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Oljato, Arizona, Utah, Grand Circle

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Oljato, Arizona, Utah, Grand Circle

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Oljato, Arizona, Utah, Grand Circle

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Oljato, Arizona, Utah, Grand Circle

On the way back home after Monument Valley, we passed by Elephant's Feet. Elephant's Feet is on my Arizona TO DO list, mind you, that list was created BEFORE moving to Arizona. If I had known it was in the middle of nowhere and was something that could be seen and satisfied in under 10 seconds... it wouldn't have made it to that TO DO list.

With that said, I'm compelled (at the urging of my husband), to add a disclaimer about Elephant's Feet:

Please don't drive 5 hours JUST to see Elephant's Feet!

Heck, we didn't even stop for it! Husband just slowed down the jeep and I leaned out the window to get these photos:

Elephants Feet, Tonalea, Arizona, AZ

Elephants Feet, Tonalea, Arizona, AZ

On that high note.... that concludes our trip! Northern AZ / Southern CO trip!

In case you are curious, here's info on the lovely lodge we at:

The Lodge at Tamarron is located between Silverton and Durango, situated ideally for us --close enough to great hiking, not too close to the Durango but not too far.

Lodge at Tamarron, Durango, Colorado, CO


Dining and kitchenette included.

Golf Course room view at Lodge at Tamarron, Durango, Colorado, CO
View from the room

Upstairs Loft at Lodge at Tamarron, Durango, Colorado, CO
Upstairs loft area

Hope you enjoyed the photos!

Colorado Road Trip Part 4. View Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

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