• Activities:

    Camping, Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Loop

  • RT Distance:

    3.2 Miles

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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.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • Water
  • Trail runners are fine
  • Heavy jacket and gloves if hiking in the winter
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I can’t remember ever doing this but I do. It is awesome but sometimes it was a bit loopy😂🤔 The clowns were irritating, hence we enjoyed the option of the hammer or the claw! It was so worth the long hike, however you must bring the following along with your catchy pop song. 🥂🐹🤣😷🙏 Don’t forget your magenta raincoat. If you do, you become a magical 🦄. There was an extremely lengthy maze. Talk about wild adventures! 🐯 and 🦁 roam freely among the locals in search of their home, to only find M&M packs and cats that dress like

3 months ago
3 months ago

I was surprised - we did this hike on a beautiful Saturday morning and saw only 2 other people the entire time (we saw just as many horses wandering around as we did people walking). This trail is the perfect way to experience Monument Valley + give yourself some perspective as to just how big West & East Mitten Butte are. Your trip to Monument Valley won't be complete unless you walk this trail.

11 months ago
11 months ago

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.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

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.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

Jared Blitz Explorer

Fitness and Wellness Manager at JCC Denver, an exercise physiologist, a lover of the outdoors, and fulfilled by shooting landscape photography.

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