Dog-Friendly Utah | Visiting Monument Valley Area
Monument Valley is a place that will take you back in time and gives you a glimpse of the Wild West. The beautiful red rock and magnificent rock formations will captivate you and offer you a special connection to Mother Earth and the Native American Spirit. If you are traveling with your pets, I would recommend going late winter or early spring to beat the crowds and enjoy temperatures on the cooler side.
We stayed at Goulding’s RV Park & Campground. They have electric and water hook up, clean bathrooms, laundry service, and a store for some basic necessities. There are plenty of camp sites for both RV’s and tents. Dogs are welcome and must be on a leash. There is stunning red rock as your back drop and a view of Monument Valley in the distance. If camping is not your thing, you can book a room at Goulding’s Lodge. Their lodge is pet friendly and does have a pet fee. Goulding’s is only a 10 minute drive from Monument Valley.
If you are traveling without your beloved pet, then I would recommend staying at The View, which is located at Monument Valley. You can choose to stay at the hotel, rent a cabin or stay at the campground. There is a restaurant onsite, trading post and breathtaking views.
WHAT TO DO
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park offers a variety of activities for you to enjoy. Entrance fee to the park is $20 per vehicle. We recommend taking a drive on the 17-mile dirt road within the park. Get your camera ready as you drive along buttes, mesas and spires. There are plenty of places to stop and get out along the way. Dogs are allowed on the drive and must remain on leash.
We loved hiking the Wildcat Trail while in the park. This is a self-guided, dog friendly hike that is 3.2 miles and gets you up close to Mitten and Merrick Butte. We were lucky enough to have the trail to ourselves. Make sure you bring plenty of water and poo bags.
We ended our day with a beautiful sunset overlooking Monument Valley. It was a great way to end our day and enjoy the stillness and beauty as the rocks and sky change colors. It gives you a different glimpse of the breathtaking landscape.
If you're Forrest Gump fan, then make sure you stop at Forrest Gump Hill which is about 8 miles north of Monument Valley. Remember the scene from Forrest Gump where he is running and after three years, two months, 14 days and 16 hours he decided he was tired and was going to go home? Well, that scene was filmed here and the location makes for a great photo opt.
Gooseneck State Park offers jaw dropping views high above the winding San Juan River. There are picnic tables along the rim and some primitive camping spots to enjoy.
Valley of the Gods is located 45 minutes north of Monument Valley and completely took our breath away. This area offers wide open spaces filled with stunning red rock and formations. You can drive the 17 mile loop and enjoy the views from the comfort from your car or make this a weekend getaway and get up close to the stunning rock formations.
Goulding’s Trading Post Museum takes you back to another era and gives you a glimpse of the rich history of the area. This museum also highlights some of the old west movies that were filmed in this area.
Waggin Tails, Happy Travels!
Krista and The Pups
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