U.S. 163

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U.S. 163 begins at U.S. 160 in Kayenta, and travels northeast to the Utah state line. The highway is a relatively short 18 miles, all lying within the Navajo Indian Nation.

Beginning in Kayenta, the road turns northeast to reach Monument Valley Tribal Park and Gouldings, as well as the state of Utah. The road is a designated scenic highway, and the scenes along this road are instantly recognizable.

U.S. 163 was signed as Arizona 464 between 1962 and 1971, before being converted to the U.S. highway system. Plans were in place to add this to the U.S. Highway system as far back as 1955, however.

U.S. 163 north
This is the first reassurance marker along U.S. Highway 163. Photo taken 10/26/08.
Distance sign to the Utah state line (18 miles) and Mexican Hat (41 miles). Photo taken 10/26/08.
U.S. Highway 191 meets Indian Route 106 here. The road travels further into Kayenta. Photo taken 10/26/08.
U.S. Highway 163 crosses Laguna Creek here. Photo taken 10/26/08.
Agathla Peak (El Capitan) looms over the road and the valley as the first symbol of Monument Valley. Photo taken 10/26/08.
Agathla Peak is named for the Navajo word "Aghaa'la", which means "Much wool" for the piles of wool that were at it's base. This is the site where animal hides were scraped in past years, leaving piles of wool. Photo taken 10/26/08.
U.S. 163 now follows El Capitan wash along the base of Agathla Peak. Photo taken 10/26/08.
U.S. 163 follows El Capitan Wash below the base of Tyende Mesa. Photo taken 10/26/08.
Boot Mesa is seen in the background of this photo along U.S. Highway 163. Photo taken 10/26/08.
Distance sign to the Utah State Line (10 miles) and Mexican Hat (30 miles). Photo taken 10/26/08.
Monument Valley can be seen in the distance in this photo. The round butte next to the road is unnamed. Photo taken 10/26/08.
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The buttes of Monument Valley can be seen from the highway. Photos taken 10/26/08.
Continue ahead to the Monument Valley visitors center. Photo taken 10/26/08.
U.S. Highway 163 leaves Arizona here and enters Utah. The turnoff to Monument Valley Tribal Park is just ahead on the right, with the park itself inside Arizona. Photo taken 10/26/08.
U.S. 163 south
Welcome to Arizona! Photo taken 10/26/08.
Arizona is now marking the state lines with both the green state line ign (as seen ahead) and the large state flag sign (as seen here). This is the smaller version, seen on non-Interstate highways. Notice the roadside vendors off to the right - a common sight in the Navajo Nation. Photo taken 10/26/08.
This is the first reassurance marker for U.S. 163 southbound in Arizona. Photo taken 10/26/08.
U.S. Highway 163 is the Monument Valley - Kayenta Scenic Road. Photo taken 10/26/08.
Distance sign to Kayenta (21 miles). Photo taken 10/26/08.
Tyende Mesa can be seen in the background of this photo. Photo taken 10/26/08.
Distance sign to Kayenta (12 miles). U.S. Highway 163 now follows El Capitan Wash. Photo taken 10/26/08.
Agathla Peak can be seen in this photo. Photo taken 10/26/08.
U.S. Highway 163 now enters Kayenta and crosses Laguna Creek. Photo taken 10/26/08.
Kayenta is the site of a trading post established by John Wetherill in 1909. The name is thought to be derived from Tyende, which means "at the pits where the animals fall in". Photo taken 10/26/08.
U.S. Highway 163 meets Indian Route 106 here. Photo taken 10/26/08.
The town of Kayenta can be seen against the mountain, off the highway. Photo taken 10/26/08.
Turn left for U.S. 191 and Four Corners, and turn right for Tuba City ahead at U.S. 160. Photo taken 10/26/08.
U.S. Highway 163 ends its trek at U.S. 160 in the town of Kayenta. Turn left to reach U.S. 191 and Four Corners, or turn right to head toward U.S. 89 at Cameron, and Flagstaff. Photo taken 10/26/08.



Photo Credits:

10/26/08 by Kevin Trinkle

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