Near the Four Corners area, Monument Valley National Park is one of the most iconic Western landscapes with its collection of sandstone buttes. It has been featured in several different forms of media ever since the ‘30s. Though it is only five square miles, the valley is often what people think of when they picture the American West. It is one of the most photographed places and has been included in movies like Forrest Gump, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and Back to the Future III.
Much like the other national parks of the area, Monument Valley National Park is fire red in color and its buttes are near perfectly stratified giving a glimpse into the geology of the area. One of the most famous structures is the Eye of the Sun, a large stone structure made up of three different stratified layers — Organ Rock Shale, de Chelly Sandstone, Moenkopi Formation and finally Shinarump Conglomerate.
Similar to Canyon de Chelly, Monument Valley includes area owned by the Navajo Nation. Though visitors can drive into the park, certain areas are only accessible with a tour guide. Though Monument Valley National Park lodging only offers one option within the park, the view of the hotel provides guest with another irreplaceable experience.