Hike Wildcat Trail in Monument Valley
Arizona › Monument Valley
Added by Jared Blitz
The draw is the ability to walk a loop trail into Monument Valley around one of the Mittens without requiring the services of a Navajo guide. Being able to get so close to one of those 1500ft behemoths gives a different perspective than viewing from The View hotel.
When facing The View from the parking lot, Wildcat Trail is off to the left where the campground is located. It's a 3.2 mile, self-guided loop that takes you around the West Mitten Butte.
If you're hiking during the summer be sure to go early and bring a lot of water. You're fully exposed on the trail, and even though it's short it's easy to underestimate the desert heat.
I hiked during the winter. I definitely recommend a heavier jacket due to the cold temperature and wind chill.
The trail offers a different perspective of Monument Valley than you can get on the 7 mile car loop.
- Trail runners are fine
- Heavy jacket and gloves if hiking in the winter
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What is the Southwest without Monument Valley?!
We made sure to have this on our list of places to check out when we did a huge loop trip around Southern Utah. Simple, yet one of my favorite places in the Southwest.
Must do at Monument Valley
We took this hike in the beginning of September and it was incredible! Still very hot at that time of year, definitely bring plenty of water. Its not a very difficult hike, but as the post mentions the heat can get to you fast because there isn't any shade or relief along the way. Getting up close and personal with the West Mitten Butte might just be your most memorable experience in Monument Valley.
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