Monument Valley closed for eclipse: here’s where to see the 2023 solar eclipse in Utah

Sep 27, 2023, 12:25 PM | Updated: 12:32 pm

A sunset spectacle featuring two mitten-shaped rock formations crosses Monument Valley Tribal Park ...

A sunset spectacle featuring two mitten-shaped rock formations crosses Monument Valley Tribal Park from the Visitors Center in Oljato-Monument Valley, Az. on Wednesday, March 29, 2023. (AP Photo/Vyto Stairnksas)

(AP Photo/Vyto Stairnksas)

SALT LAKE CITY — As the 2023 solar eclipse approaches, many prepare to view the ring of fire from Utah cities, towns, and state parks.

One place, however, will remain closed. Utah’s Monument Valley, famous as a picturesque landscape of the West, will be closed for the duration of the eclipse.

“Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park is advising all Tour Operators, local businesses, visitors, and residents, the 17-mile scenic drive and park will be closed for a minimum of 5 hours during the annular eclipse on Oct. 14, 2023, due to Navajo Nation Tribal Cultural Protocols,” a release from The Navajo Nation stated.

The release explained that there are staff that believe and honor the traditional culture and a decision was made to close the park for the entire duration of the eclipse, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“Tour Operators, if you have booked a tour for that day, you may continue with your tour. However, there is no booking in the parking lot during the time the park is closed. Park staff will not let anyone enter the park during the closure,” the release stated.

October 2023 annular solar eclipse to pass through Utah

While Monument Valley will be closed during the eclipse, there are plenty of other locations available to the public including multiple Utah State Parks.

Full Eclipse Zone:

Just Outside The Full Eclipse Zone:

The full eclipse will be visible in several cities, including:

  • Ephraim
  • Manti
  • Fillmore
  • Richfield
  • Aurora
  • Torrey
  • Beaver
  • Boulder
  • Monticello
  • Blanding
  • Mexican Hat
  • Hatch
  • Panguitch

The eclipse occurs during Fall Break for many Utahns, and parks are expected to be busy. For those interested in camping, book your site in advance.

The Utah State Parks website has resources all about the eclipse including what to bring, what to expect, and other helpful tips.

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

(Steve Griffin, Deseret News)...

Carlysle Price

Juvenile died after crashing bike in West Jordan

A juvenile died Saturday morning after appearing to have lost control of their bike.

16 minutes ago

A Utah mountain biker is recalling the moments when a family of badgers approached him at Corner Ca...

Lauren Steinbrecher

Mountain biker recounts aggressive badger standoff in Draper

A mountain biker is recounting a tense standoff with a family of badgers, who got so aggressive they nearly forced him off the trail.

11 hours ago

A hiking trail in Utah County....

Andrew Adams

Rescuers prepare for what could be a busy Memorial Day weekend

Search and rescue crews are getting ready for a potentially busy Memorial Day weekend as they are urging people to prepare for the elements.

12 hours ago

Leaders from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints attended meetings in Ecuador and Colum...

Carlysle Price

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints donates $3.4 million to Project HOPE

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints donated $3.4 million to Project HOPE to aid vulnerable populations in Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela. 

14 hours ago

The Unified police car that crashed into the suspect's yellow car....

Michael Houck and Lauren Steinbrecher, KSL TV

Unified police officer hospitalized after being hit by suspect, second officer and suspect also hospitalized

A Unified police officer was hospitalized after being hit by a suspect's truck on Friday, police say.

14 hours ago

Marcus Wilson preforming at the Olympic Oval in Kearns to a group of people....

Peter Rosen

Buskering at Buskerfest

If you're downtown this weekend, you might see a unicycling unicorn. It's not a hallucination, it's Buskerfest. A celebration of street performers.

15 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Electrician repairing ceiling fan with lamps indoors...

Lighting Design

Stay cool this summer with ceiling fans

When used correctly, ceiling fans help circulate cool and warm air. They can also help you save on utilities.

Side view at diverse group of children sitting in row at school classroom and using laptops...

PC Laptops

5 Internet Safety Tips for Kids

Read these tips about internet safety for kids so that your children can use this tool for learning and discovery in positive ways.

Women hold card for scanning key card to access Photocopier Security system concept...

Les Olson

Why Printer Security Should Be Top of Mind for Your Business

Connected printers have vulnerable endpoints that are an easy target for cyber thieves. Protect your business with these tips.

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light Up Your Home With These Top Lighting Trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for Hassle-Free Computer Repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Close up of finger on keyboard button with number 11 logo...

PC Laptops

7 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Laptop to Windows 11

Explore the benefits of upgrading to Windows 11 for a smoother, more secure, and feature-packed computing experience.

Monument Valley closed for eclipse: here’s where to see the 2023 solar eclipse in Utah