Kayenta, Arizona, and Monument Valley, Utah

Kayenta, Arizona

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Kayenta is a tiny town by American standards, but it is a major community on the Navajo reservation. Be sure to visit the Navajo Nation Cultural Center, which is part museum, part gift shop. This is one of the new enterprises of the Navajo Nation Department of Tourism. The arts and crafts and other objects displayed here for sale are authentic, and prices are reasonable. The purpose of these centers is to help the Navajo Nation support its own craftspeople and artists, and they are a visual statement of an aggressive program to help the Navajo Nation expand its economy through tourism. If Salvador Dali had sculpted a landscape, Monument Valley would be it. Stark spires rise abruptly from the sandy floor, and the rock formations appear to have been dropped onto the flat earth, as if some ancient people flew in from the stars, deposited their rocky cargo, and disappeared. This chapter from the DayTrips series describes many fascinating, exciting, (and many free of charge) things to do, most within a two-hour drive of Flagstaff. Each Day Trip includes destination highlights, places to visit along the way, choice restaurants and lodging, and shopping.

Kayenta, Arizona, and Monument Valley, Utah Professional Review and Guide

"Kayenta is a tiny town by American standards, but it is a major community on the Navajo reservation. Be sure to visit the Navajo Nation Cultural Center, which is part museum, part gift shop. This is one of the new enterprises of the Navajo Nation Department of Tourism. The arts and crafts and other objects displayed here for sale are authentic, and prices are reasonable. The purpose of these centers is to help the Navajo Nation support its own craftspeople and artists, and they are a visual statement of an aggressive program to help the Navajo Nation expand its economy through tourism.

If Salvador Dali had sculpted a landscape, Monument Valley would be it. Stark spires rise abruptly from the sandy floor, and the rock formations appear to have been dropped onto the flat earth, as if some ancient people flew in from the stars, deposited their rocky cargo, and disappeared. This chapter from the DayTrips series describes many fascinating, exciting, (and many free of charge) things to do, most within a two-hour drive of Flagstaff. Each Day Trip includes destination highlights, places to visit along the way, choice restaurants and lodging, and shopping."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Kayenta
Duration: One day to several days
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: All contact information for attractions, dining, and lodging are provided in the eTrail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Kayenta, Arizona, and Monument Valley, Utah

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May 2018