Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It gets either very hot or very cold, so check the weather and dress accordingly. Always bring extra jackets. Please wear comfortable shoes, sandals are not a good idea.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring extra tolet paper, hand cleanser, and keep a first aid kit always handy.
Photo Equipment: Bring a camera or buy one of those disposibles at the gift or stop at a drug store and pick one up in Kayenta.
Miscellaneous: They do have water available at the visitor center and campground. Yet, when you travel anywhere keep extra bottles of water always.
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tie that tent down
Luggage and bags: There is no backpacking here and not much hiking either so even a day bag isn't all that essential.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Boots are best for the Wildcat Trail though it is short enough a bottle of water will get you through with no pack. Otherwise, you could visit this park in sandals.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sun screen.
Photo Equipment: Wide angle if using shrubs and the like in the foreground. Zoom for taking shots of things you can't get close to without a guide like Totem Pole. Polarizer for midday shots, the sun here is brutal and washes away all colors unless shooting early morning or late afternoon.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: A good sturdy tent and means of truly tying it down. The winds can be fierce.
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Luggage and bags: If you are going on the overnight take only what you will need for the night. Sleeping bag, tent(if applicable), thermarest or mattress, tarp or ground cover, and a small backpack/day pack. You want to take as little as possible. Leave your main luggage bag locked in your trunk. I've never had any problems, but keep everything out of sight in your vehicle. Whatever you are taking with you, that you don't need with you while on the horse, should be packed away in your daypack. The outfitters will bring your stuff to the camping area with a truck.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Wear long pants if horseback riding- jeans are good. Depending on the weather and temperature, a T-shirt may be enough for the ride. Shoes should be something like hiking boots, sneakers, or the like. A warm fleece or sweater with a windbreaker are good for the evenings as you will be outdoors being entertained and eating and it can get cool. If it looks like it could rain, bring a raincoat. Something to cover your head is also a good idea. Wear something that won't fly off your head during your ride: a bandana, a baseball cap (turned backwards - unless you like wearing them really tight), or if you're wearing something like a cowboy hat - it should have a string to keep it from disappearing in the dust behind you. Sunglasses shield your eyes from the sun but from the dust a bit as well.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen (at least apply it before you ride), cortex (or lip balm), and wet ones (thick, moist towelettes)! You'll be happy to have them once you get to camp to clean yourself up a bit. Don't forget your toothbrush and toothpaste. Contacts aren't recommended even if you plan to sleep in them because it gets really dusty on the ride.
Photo Equipment: Like I said earlier, you want to take as little as possible. Don't take an entire camera bag along (at least not on the horse). Whatever you take with you must be tucked in your shirt or strapped securely as it will otherwise be bouncing around like crazy. You also don't want to be carrying a lot of weight on your back. The guides make stops to give you the opportunity to photograph but you will want your camera handy. You won't get off the horse to take your pictures and you won't have time to set up a tripod. Keep it simple.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bring water for the ride. It's usually a 3 hour ride and the outfitter usually doesn't provide it. You may be sharing water with others on the ride.
If you are riding at the back of a pack of horses, it can get really dusty, just like in the movies. A bandana covering your mouth helps (you'll look like a bankrobber :))
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Luggage and bags:
The one thing you really need to bring is your camera! Wow, the sights here are so beautiful, that you will regret not having a camera with you.
This was my story about my visit to Monument Valley. I hoped you enjoyed reading it! This page is part of my roundtrip through the USA. I made an awesome trip through the Western part of the USA. Take a look at my USA page to read about the rest of this roundtrip.
I devided this travelstory into several chapters here is a link to my previous and next chapter:
Previous chapter : part 10 Grand Canyon
Next chapter : part 12 Arches National Park (Utah)
Luggage and bags: If you want to spent the night in Monument Valley, just bring a small backpack with you. The luggage will be taken with a jeep to the campingplace.
It is also advisable to bring your own mattrass (they have a few available, but there are not enough for everybody)and a sleepingbag.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Be aware that in the evening it really can get cold in Monument Valley so bring a warm clothes with you.
And when you go horseback riding, the best thing to wear is a pair of jeans or at least a long pair of pants.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Make sure that you bring some water with you when you go riding.
Photo Equipment: Make sure that you have enough photo-films with you, you really need them!!:-)
to take to the park
Luggage and bags: a small back pack also a plastic bag for your camera (dust, sand, wind and rain)
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: hiking shoes, hat a swaeter after sunset
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: suncream
Photo Equipment: photocamera videocamera and cleaningstuf you will need that
Miscellaneous: sunglasses, water
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