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Driving through Monument Valley in a rental car

Old Feb 9, 19, 4:02 pm
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Driving through Monument Valley in a rental car

I know the I-163 goes through Monument Valley but can one actually see something meaningful if confined to paved roads, as you would be in a rental car? I have read about the 17-mile loop but that is a dirt and gravel road, which is verboten in a rental car.
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Old Feb 9, 19, 7:43 pm
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Yes....

its is right aling 163...the classic MV pic, You can turn in and park at the short paved turn off and park at the hotel step out and take pics. Across the street is the other lodge go,dings that you can park at and cross the street.

you can pull of on the shoulder and take pics.

cars can’t drive the loop..only tours take you on it because people do live there. Going the full loop would get yiy deeper into the park and see deeper things

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Old Feb 10, 19, 10:32 am
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FYI if you are driving extensively throughout the four corners region, there are still some roads on Indian land that are unimproved, or essentially gravel. This is particularly true in the Hopi and Navajo Nations in Arizona, and less so in Colorado.

(The Federal government has failed to maintain or adequately develop the roads in these areas of their responsibility for the past four decades or so, and except in southern Colorado, where local government has stepped up, the local populations continue to suffer this active neglect today.)

Some of the AAA maps will indicate the distinction with an orange or yellow overlay of the parts of the roads that unimproved, but this isn't always obvious at first glance. Google Maps will often call this fact out in marginal notes. It can happen that you are cruising along and suddenly the surface will change for miles. Just slow down and take it easy, as often the alternate route would include hours of back-tracking.

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Old Feb 10, 19, 9:28 pm
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Originally Posted by Wilbur View Post
FYI if you are driving extensively throughout the four corners region, there are still some roads on Indian land that are unimproved, or essentially gravel. This is particularly true in the Hopi and Navajo Nations in Arizona, and less so in Colorado.
Tell me abut it.

The state (NM and AZ; don't know much about UT) and US signed highways across the Reservation are fine. IR-12 is so-so (paved but not always plowed after a snowstorm).

Gravel, you say? Many, many Reservation roads off the main highways are dirt (which turns to mud after a heavy downpour or once the snow starts melting). There are days I'd kill for a gravel road!

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Some of the AA maps will indicate the distinction with an orange or yellow overlay of the parts of the roads that unimproved, but this isn't always obvious at first glance.
Was unaware that Alcoholics Anonymous published road maps.
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Originally Posted by kale73 View Post
...Was unaware that Alcoholics Anonymous published road maps.
Ha - fixed it.
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Monument Valley loop drive with 2WD?

Would you recommend (against) taking the Monument Valley loop drive with a 2WD car?
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Old Mar 23, 19, 9:19 am
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As others have said US-163 is THE Monument Valley road. I worked a trip through there when going from Flagstaff to Canyon de Chinle and was really glad I did



There doesn't seem to be much traffic so you can stop and get some great pictures
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