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In a Hogan: In a Hogan

I believe the following 2 outfitters provide a hogan for guests: Monument Valley Horseback Trailrides, P.O. Box 310155, Mexican Hat, UT, 84531, U.S. Highway 163, (800) 551-4039, FAX: (801) 739-4210 OR Homeland Horseback Tours, P.O. Box 360349, Monument Valley, UT 84536, (801) 727-3227, (800) 596-8427. Please call to be certain. Accommodation in the hogans is what you make of it. You will need a sleeping bag and mattress (I prefer to use a thermarest wherever I camp). Again, the floor is sand so you may want to bring a tarp as well. Photo: Hogan where we spent a night in May '96. I believe this was with Monument Valley Horseback Trailrides. This hogan is located outside the actual park and you may find that you don't ride as far into Monument Valley as you would have liked. This may have changed since '96, so ask.

Sleep overnight in a hogan like the Navajo ancestors. Not many Navajo today live in hogans. A few of the older ones do. Most live in small houses or trailers. Learn about the hogan structure, how people lived in them, and ceremonial uses. Pit toilets, no showers or running water.

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  • Written August 25, 2002
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Traditional Navajo dwelling


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Totem Pole Tours: Totem Pole Tours

Approximately US $75 for the overnight, dinner, breakfast, entertainment, and approximately 5 hours horseback riding between the 2 days.

They have the best entertainment (from my experience). Other outfitters sometimes slack off and don't even have entertainment.
You can bring a tent and set it up at their camping area or even better just set out your sleeping gear under a huge rock ledge at the base of a mesa. It's red sand so you may want to bring along a tarp to keep your stuff less sandy. One night which I can remember well, was one where we had a big thunderstorm with lots of lightning. Needless to say, we didn't sleep much but had an incredible light show from underneath that ledge! We stayed dry too! The tents that were set up were a mess - sopping wet with sand splattered all over. Another option is to sleep on one of the picnic tables. Monument Valley has an awesome night sky. Very clear and millions of stars. From the table you can fall asleep to this fantastic view. Pit toilets, no showers or running water. You can shower and get cleaned up at the campground by the visitors center the next morning at the end of your ride.
This family has their own land in the valley where only they can have guests overnight. Each outfitter has its own land. What's nice about Totem Pole is that they are within a 10 - 15 minute walk to the Totem Poles (first pic on this page) which makes itclose enough to reach at sunset.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written August 25, 2002
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