Exploring Rock Formations in Monument Valley, Utah (GALLERY)

Probably one of the most iconic places in Southwest and the whole country, Monument Valley, offers a 17 mile loop drive through unique geological rock formations on Navajo land. Although there are several rock formations here, the most well known are Elephant Butte, Three Sisters and Merrick Butte. These are some of the most photographed rock formations and you probably have seen images of these without even knowing their names.

Monument Valley can be easily visited in half a day, and many people stop by on their way to/from Arches National Park. You can expect to spend about three hours here allowing plenty of time for scenic turnouts at 11 different points. Be prepared for slow traffic and sand dust as the road is unpaved and pretty rough.

Monument Valley Rock Formations in Pictures

Merrick Butte in Monument Valley
Merrick Butte in Monument Valley
Elephant Butte rock formation in monument valley
Elephant Butte Monument Valley rock formation
The Three Sisters in monument valley
The Three Sisters, Monument Valley
Monument Valley from visitor center
View of Monument Valley from visitor center
One of the many rock formations in monument valley
Elephant Butte, Monument Valley
Flat desert like land in monument valley
Flat desert like land in monument valley
Blue sky and red rock in monument valley
Blue sky and red rock provides a perfect mix of colors for pictures in broad daylight
Monument Valley scenic drive
Monument Valley scenic drive
Road to Monument Valley cover image
Road to Monument Valley

Watch a timelapse video driving from Antelope Canyon to Monument Valley on the way to Arches National Park. If you have been to Monument Valley, let us know in comments what was your experience like. We would love to hear from you! If you haven’t, don’t miss this jewel in the American Southwest on your next road trip.

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Shirish & Olya

Originally from different parts of the world, Shirish & Olya are a married couple based in San Francisco who share a passion for travel, outdoors and landscape photography. In summer of 2019, they hit the road in an RV visiting 19 national parks in US and Canada covering over 10K miles. This trip inspired them to create Outdoorsome, that they built on the road, as a way to help others discover new places around the world.

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