If you want to take your kids to a place where the history is as
colorful as the landscape, visit the recently opened Native
American hotel along the Arizona-Utah border, inside Monument
Valley. Talk about a room with a view-every room in The View Hotel
faces the towering red rocks featured in old Hollywood
Directly outside the hotel is the only trail in Monument Valley
you can hike without a Navajo guide. It's a relatively easy
three-mile walk. If you want to take this experience to the next
level, hire a Navajo guide like Carlos, of Simpson's Trailhandler
Tours, who drove us into areas of Monument Valley that were off
limits without a Navajo guide. He showed us ancient cave drawings
and educated us about his culture. At one point he brought out his
drum and sang a traditional song that rang out through the
Want to learn more about Navajo culture? This may be the only
time I'm ever going to recommend stopping by a Burger King. The
owner of this fast food franchise in Kayenta, just outside Monument
Valley, has created his own exhibit honoring the Navajo code
talkers of World War II with items collected from his father.
Your kids might also enjoy visiting the Navajo Council Chambers
in Window Rock, where you can see the Navajo Nation government in
action. Call ahead to make sure the council is in session when
you're planning to visit.
A trip to Monument Valley and the Navajo Nation is a great
chance to bring history to life for your children and have fun
doing it. While this region has starred in many Hollywood movies,
it's unknown to most Americans. We're glad that won't be the case
for our kids.
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