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Guided tours are the best way to see Monument Valley -- without a guide, visitors are restricted to the 17-mile scenic drive, but Navajo guides can take you into lesser-visited areas of the tribal park, give you their personal perspectives, and often arrange weaving demonstrations and other activities. Inquire at the visitor center for the types of tours (including the possibility of a sunset tour) currently available.

Tours are also available from Goulding's , with rates of $40 for a 2 1/2-hour tour; $50 for a 3 1/2-hour tour; and $90 for a full-day tour that includes lunch. Discounts apply for children 8 and under. These prices include the park admission fee.

You can also see Monument Valley by horseback with Navajo-owned and -operated Black's Monument Valley Tours (tel. 928/309-8834 or 435/739-4205; www.blacksmonumentvalleytours.com). Prices are about $60 per person for a 90-minute trail ride and $160 per person for a 6-hour ride; riders also have to pay the monument entrance fee.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.