The View Hotel Monument Valley is one of the best hotels in the Southwest. After all, this is the only hotel located inside the beautiful Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, and if you have ever been to this park, or even seen pictures of it, then you know what a privilege that is. The scenery is unparalleled, and while staying here, guests can actually awake to views of the famed Mittens and other natural wonders, and therein lies much of the allure.
One of the best things about the View Hotel in Monument Valley is how it blends in harmoniously with the surrounding desert landscape. The sand-colored exterior and the symmetrical, low-level design are largely to thank for that. It’s not just the exterior, however, that seamlessly blends the hotel with its environment. Inside, an attractive Native American décor awaits, including decorations such as a Navajo dye chart and a beautiful Navajo rug.
The View opened in 2008, and it was built and is staffed primarily by the Navajo natives of the region, and the structure is leased by a Navajo Nation company. In line with the Navajo beliefs about living harmoniously with nature, the hotel is one of the most eco-conscious options for accommodations in the state, with the blending of the design complement by a restaurant that serves locally sourced food, energy efficient rooms, and an excellent recycling program.
There are 96 total rooms at the View, and each is comfortable, well-equipped, and has plenty of Southwestern flair; all are non-smoking as well. Standard amenities include a flat-screen TV with cable, a mini refrigerator, a microwave, a coffee maker, a balcony, and in-room climate control. If your travel budget allows, splurging on one of the StarView rooms is a great way to make your stay here even more stunning. These units on the top floor offer the best views of the Mittens.
The View Hotel in Monument Valley essentially sits on the Arizona and Utah border, placing its guests right in the heart of the Southwest. The Four Corners, Canyon de Chelly, the Navajo National Monument, and Antelope Canyon are just a few of the natural attractions that are within easy reach of the View Hotel. Guests can book guided tours of Monument Valley and the surrounding area at the visitors center, and on these trips you’ll find a greater depth of information and meaning to the area. If you want to explore on your own, the View Hotel in Monument Valley offers easy access to the Wildcat Trail, a beautiful 4-mile hike that descends 900 feet to the floor of the valley and travels around the Left Mitten. It’s one of the most beautiful hikes in the Southwest, so don’t forget your camera. It’s also significant in that it’s the only trail in the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park that visitors can hike on without needing an authorized Navajo guide. Because the valley is the heart of Navajo country and essentially the tribe’s own backyard, visitors are not allowed to wander freely through most of the area.
When View Hotel guests aren’t out enjoying Monument Valley tours or taking part in other regional adventures, they can relax and take advantage of the hotel’s facilities. In addition to the delicious and local restaurant, there is also a fitness center and free wireless internet access. (There is no swimming pool, however, in keeping with the environmentally friendly focus.) The hotel also has a conference center and can serve as a wonderful and unique place to hold a meeting or other event.