If you’re planning to go across the pond and beyond to have a wild time in Las Vegas, leave some money aside for a trip to stunning Monument Valley in the Navajo Tribal Park, for a definitive image of the American West. The Navajo Indian Reservation on the Utah-Arizona border contains some of the West’s most famous landmarks and the views from the Lookout Point at the visitors’ centre are quite spectacular.
The 3.2 mile Wildcat Trail starts from here as does Valley Drive, a 17 mile dirt road, and both are a must to get a feel of the isolated sandy desert and incredible sandstone rock formations that have appeared in so many films. The area also contains ancient cave and cliff dwellings and petroglyphs, which can only be seen as part of a guided tour, so hire a Navajo guide or a jeep tour from the visitors centre.
Alternatively, if the idea really grabs you, visit www.trekamerica.com and sign up for an organized trip which includes a stay with the Navajo people in a mud hut and a barbecue with the cowboys! You return to Las Vegas via the nearby Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam and Route 66. Prices for this tour start from £399. If you go it alone, entrance to the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park is just $5 per person (free for children under 10) and a tour will cost around $75 for a 2 hour trip. British Airways (www.ba.com) flies to Las Vegas from London Heathrow.