Monument Valley is a beautiful place to visit any time, but twice a year there is a unique event that you don’t want to miss.
The Mitten Shadow Event
In late March and mid September, the West Mitten Butte casts its shadow onto East Mitten Butte at sunset, creating a “shadow handshake.”
The Mitten Shadow is best seen around the 30th of March and then again on approximately September 13th.
Not only does the sun’s positioning cause this event to occur only twice a year, but the skies also have to be clear enough for the sunlight to cast a shadow, so it’s a good idea to check out the forecast beforehand.
How To See The Mitten Shadows
While you can see the Mitten Shadows on your own, the best way to experience it is to take a guided tour.
First, you’ll be treated to a limited and exclusive tour of Monument Valley that will take you to scenic and secluded locations. Then, when the shadow is about to be cast, your tour guide will ensure you have a great view to watch and photograph this beautiful sight.
To be prepared to enjoy your tour, bring a hat, sunscreen, closed-toe shoes with good traction, layered clothing to keep you comfortable at various temperatures, snacks, and a water bottle.
And don’t forget your camera! You won’t want to miss snapping a picture of this rare and beautiful sight.
Other Monument Valley Tours Offered By Goulding’s Lodge and Tours
If you can’t make it to Monument Valley for the Mitten Shadow Event, Goulding’s Lodge and Tours offer a variety of other tours that will allow you to experience Monument Valley any time of year.
If you’re an early bird looking for a spectacular view, check out the Sunrise Tour. You’ll begin in front of the Mitten rock formations and then travel through the valley while the sun starts to spread. With a 17-mile loop, you’ll see some of the most scenic views.
If early mornings aren’t your thing, the Sunset Tour is for you. On this two-and-a-half-hour tour, you can enjoy the ever-changing colors as the sun goes down over the valley. You’ll have the opportunity to see some iconic views with the most beautiful skies.
Full Moon Tour
And, if you are in Monument Valley during the full moon, we offer a unique experience to see the magic of Monument Valley by the light of the moon on our Full Moon Tour. Even in the dark, the majesty of the monuments will be on full display.
With all our tours, be sure to pack the essentials like sun protection, water and snacks, sturdy shoes, and layered clothes for all types of weather.
Plan Your Trip Today!
So, whether you can join us for the Mitten Shadow event to see this red-rock “high-five” or you plan to visit another time of year, Goulding’s Resort and Tours is your gateway to Monument Valley.
With comfortable accommodations and exclusive tours, you’ll be able to experience the magic of Monument Valley and make memories you won’t forget.