The Wildcat Trail is the only hiking trail in Monument Valley that can be walked without a guide. It leads from the visitor center once around the West Mitten Butte.
Hiking without a Navajo guide is not permitted in Monument Valley. Only the Wildcat Trail allows you to move around on your own. But you should stay on the way and not just walk into the desert or climb around on the rocks. This is strictly forbidden. Monument Valley is a sacred area for the Navajo and should be respected by all visitors. Beautiful photo motifs can be seen everywhere and just from far away they are impressive.
The Wildcat Trail leads once around the West Mitten Butte, which together with the East Mitten Butte and the Merrick Butte forms the famous triangle that we all know from photos and movies. From such a short distance, the huge rock makes a mighty impression, but also the view over to the other two rock formations as well as into the reddish desert are breathtaking.
The Wildcat Trail is not very crowded most of the time and is therefore a good way to escape the crowds at the visitor center and enjoy the tranquility of this impressive place.
The rock formations of Monument Valley are especially worth seeing in the morning and evening hours when they are bathed in a reddish light.
Sturdy shoes, sun protection, drinking water