7 Hour Hunts Mesa Tour
- Adult Ages 18+
- Youth Ages 17 - 9
A Hidden Gem of the American Southwest
Considered a hidden jewel of the South West, Hunts Mesa abounds with incredible photographic opportunities; from grand vistas and panoramas to unique vantage points of Monument Valley. On this exclusive tour, you will capture sunset from the best place in Monument Valley. Traverse back roads to visit majestic sandstone arches tucked away in labyrinth-like red rock canyons. Explore ancient dwelling left behind by the Anasazi. Hunts Mesa is recommended for anyone looking for an off-road adventure. A photographer’s favorite destination, Hunts Mesa is idea for couples and families on vacation.
Long before this captivating desert landscape came to be known as Monument Valley, its indigenous inhabitants referred to it as Tse’Bii’Nidzisgai. In the Navajo language, Diné Bizaad, this name translates to “the white streaks within the rock,” offering a poetic glimpse into the natural wonders that await you.
Today, if you were to ask local residents for their interpretation of this word, you might uncover several nuanced variations. To many, Tse’Bii’Nidzisgai evokes a profound perception of light. Twice a day, in the morning and in the evening, the sun casts an enchanting spell upon these sandstone monuments painting the landscape in a breathtaking palette of red and orange hues.
Embark on an unforgettable guided tour with us and delve into the heart of this extraordinary and pristine landscape. Our expert guides will lead you through the secrets of Tse’Bii’Nidzisgai, revealing its hidden stories and the cultural significance intertwined with Diné Biyakah (Navajo Land).
Your journey begins in darkness about three hours before the first light of dawn. This strategic timing grants you the privilege of ascending to the pinnacle of Hunts Mesa and positioning yourself at an optimal vantage point to witness the birth of a new day. As the sun graces the horizon, you find yourself perched on the Eastern Cliffs of Hunts Mesa. Below you golden light begins to paint the landscape. Foot trails unfold in both directions, hugging the cliffs overlooking iconic views of Monument Valley. Every step offers an opportunity to capture the raw, untamed beauty that surrounds you. Sunrise reveals countless monuments, buttes and spires in the distance including:
- East & West Mitten Buttes
- John Ford’s Point & the Three Sisters
- Merrick Butte & Mitchell Mesa
- The Totem Pole & YeiBiChei Spires
- The Big Hogan Amphitheatre
- Sun’s Eye Arch
- Ear of the Wind Arch
- Thunderbird Mesa
- Rain God Mesa
- Anasazi Butte
- Code Talker’s Point & North Window
- Wetheral Mesa
- Navajo Mountain
Spend the morning relaxing and enjoying different views from locations along the rim/cliffs of Hunts Mesa. Your Navajo guide will share stories with you about Monument Valley and the history of Hunts Mesa.
Your descent from Hunts Mesa traverses a different road taking about two hours. You will visit Spider Arch, located in Double Arch Canyon. A short hike is required to access this secluded attraction. Hiking shoes are recommended. The hike is easy.
Visit an Anasazi dwelling. This is a multi-room dwelling located in an alcove on your descent from Hunts Mesa.
This tour begins about five to six hours before sunset. Sunset atop Hunts Mesa is best captured from the Western Cliffs. We will spend about one to two hours exploring this area, capturing views of the monuments below in their most splendid lighting. From this vantage point the countless monuments, buttes and spires in the distance including:
East & West Mitten Buttes
John Ford’s Point & the Three Sisters
Merrick Butte & Mitchell Mesa
The Totem Pole & YeiBiChei Spires
The Big Hogan Amphitheatre
Sun’s Eye Arch
Ear of the Wind Arch
Rain God Mesa
Code Talker’s Point & North Window
Once we arrive at the Western Cliff your guide will familiarize you with the trail system that straddles the cliffs taking you to unique vantage points overlooking the valley. Your Navajo guide will share stories with you about Monument Valley and the history of Hunts Mesa.
Your descent from Hunts Mesa traverses a different road taking about two hours. You will visit Spider Arch, located in Double Arch Canyon. A short hike is required to access this secluded attraction. Hiking shoes are recommended. The hike is easy to moderate.
Other locations visited on your descent from Hunts Mesa:
Spider Arch / Double Arch Canyon
- Water / beverages
- Snacks / food
- Appropriate clothing for weather conditions
- Hiking shoes / comfortable footwear
- Sun protection
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