U.S. Highway 160 is the main tourism corridor in the Navajo Nation. This two lane highway passes through Tuba City, Kayenta and Four Corners before continuing east through Colorado. From Kayenta, destinations in southeast Utah can easily be reached and Canyon De Chelly is nearby too. Those who are planning to do the ancient pueblo tour of the Southwest will certainly use this road extensively. Highway 160 truly is a gateway to adventure during the warm spring and summer seasons, so it is good to become familiar with this old Navajo tourism corridor before setting sail.
Destinations within the Navajo Nation that are close to Highway 160 include the Tuba City Dinosaur Tracks, Hopi Villages, Navajo National Monument, Kayenta Code Talkers Museum, Monument Valley and the Four Corners Monument. The Bears Ears National Monument and Canyon De Chelly National Monument are also easy to access from this old road. This is a lot for a visitor to experience, so a few days or even a few weeks should be set aside when planning to explore all of the Highway 160 tourism corridor attractions.
A good travel plan for going west to east on Highway 160 is to spending the morning at the Tuba City Dinosaur Tracks and the Navajo National Monument, then head east to Kayenta. The benefit of this travel plan is the entire next day can be spent at Monument Valley after doing an overnighter. The town of Kayenta offers modern amenities and the Navajo Code Talker Exhibit is located next to the road. Accommodations can also be found in Monument Valley, which is just a few miles north of Kayenta. Campgrounds and RV parks can be found near this Tribal Park too. The View is the name of the modern Navajo hotel resort that overlooks the majestic Monument Valley and there are more lodging options in Oljato, where Goulding's is located. Booking lodging or campsite reservations in advance at any Navajo Tourism destination is advisable during peak times of the year.
The pristine terrain from Tuba City to Kayenta is amazing to see! This beautiful landscape is what dreams are made of, so it is easy to drift into pleasant thoughts while driving down this long road. Travelers will see majestic red sandstone outcrops, piñon and juniper forest covered mountains and the high pillars of the Monument Valley region toward the end of the drive. Kayenta is where all Monument Valley adventures begin, so as can be imagined, the scenery here is as majestic as can be!
Just a couple miles east of Kayenta on Highway 160 is where the Baby Rocks landmark can be found and this too is part of the majestic Monument Valley landscape. Baby Rocks is practically impossible to miss when driving by, because this roadside attraction is so obvious. A towering eroded red sandstone mesa is what to look for and there is one small road sign that lets visitors know that they are in the right place. Baby Rocks is remarkable to see, because the eroded pillars do look animated! Toward sunset, the Baby Rocks look like they are coming to life as the sandstone glows bright orange against the cobalt blue sky. Baby Rocks is very photogenic, so be sure to bring a good camera along for the ride!
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