Guided Tours of Monument Valley
Monument Valley on the border between Utah and Arizona is a study in contrasts. The blue of the western sky brings out the red of the sandstone, which in turn highlights and enhances the green of the scrub grasses that run around the valley. Basically, Monument Valley is a photographer’s playground.
It can, however, take some foreknowledge and practice to truly take great photographs of Monument Valley. First of all, pay for a guided tour from one of the Native American guides. These tours will take you into the back country, including near the Native American hogans in the vicinity and behind attractions like Thunderbird Mesa. While these tours can get pricey ($50 to $100 over the price of admission depending on the tour guide and time of the year), it’s worth the price.
If you decide not to take a tour, you can still do a self-tour. But, you must stay on the loop road, and you are restricted to certain areas. One thing about the self-tour though is that you take as much time as you want, and you still get to see many of the major views in the park, including Artist’s Point and the Mittens. In contrast, it will depend on your tour guide as to how long you can stay in one place while on the tour. That being said, a tour guide will often point out special areas that will make for the best photographs.