Where to sleep in the Monument Valley to enjoy fully all the magic and the charm of an amazing sunset, a unique and endless night and a surprising dawn in the heart of one among the most suggestive places of the South West?
The View Hotel is the answer.
A building relatively recent with different accommodation solutions – rooms and cabins – located in the heart of the Monument Valley, in the Navajo Nation.
If you have time to plan your tour of the Monument Valley, above all if it is scheduled for the highlight months (July and August I mean) and you want to enjoy a really unique experience, I heartily recommend you to move in advance and book an overnight stay at The View Hotel.
The facility of The View – owned and run entirely by the Navajo Natives and including hotel, restaurant, Trading Post and cabins – was wanted and built by Natives in 2009, adjoining the Visitor Center, where once in the past rose the camping for trekkers.
A sober building on red land (whose creation arose a lot of polemics among the environmentalists who were convinced that its presence could ruin the landscape…that’s a matter of opinion…) which allows to accommodate in Navajo style rooms with all comforts, overlooking directly the most famous monoliths of the Valley – the West and East Mitten Butte.
My tip – moving in advance as I suggested above – is to reckon even before the hotel rooms, an overnight stay at the Cabins of The View, in order to enjoy an experience even more authentic and magic in touch with the Monument Valley.
They are wooden cabins, furnished always in Navajo style but extremely cared and refined in details, with all the essential comforts – functional bathroom, shower, small kitchen, small bedroom, heating and air conditioning included. And the real, great added value: bed with a view of the Monument Valley.
About forty cabins located on the left of the gate to the Valley Drive and they literally overlook the valley. It’s really priceless watching the sunset and the dawn from here, often and however together with wild Mustangs.
The Cabins can be booked only on The View official website – here. Remember to choose the Premium View ones – if possible: these are the cabins in the front row granting a view of the Valley with no obstacles.
Price changes according to the season, anyway about $170/200. Parking, Wi-Fi (very fast), a $25 bonus to choose in the Trading Post among the Navajo handicrafts and a 15% off on the restaurant services are included.
One last information for who is interested in camping or caravanning: right near the Cabins areas equipped with toilets and parking are scheduled.
If you didn’t find a place in the Cabins or at The View or simply you want a cheaper solution, you can opt for the near, convenient and clean Goulding’s Lodge, located on the Utah side of the Navajo Reservation, near the Monument Valley Airport.
The facility includes a restaurant with Navajo specialties, the Stage Coach Restaurant, a well-supplied grocery store (little far there’s also a gas pump), a museum related to the history and the movie role of the area – from “Once upon a time in America” as far as the John Wayne Western style movies, to “Back to the Future-Part III” and “Thelma & Louise” – and an amazing view of a good part of the Monument Valley.
Short before arriving at the Goulding’s Lodge, always near the Monument Valley Airport, you can experience the Tipi Village and stay overnight – or maybe it would be better to say camping – in typical Indian tents.
Furthermore, the Monument Valley Tipi Village offers both the possibility to stay in Cabins or in Mini House and to camp in the open air.
Every accommodation of the Tipi village overlooks eastwards with a suggestive view of the Monument Valley, has a small private area in the shadow, with picnic table, barbecues, power, light and drinking water. Little far there are toilets, washbasins and showers. Free Wi-Fi connection for all guests.
The facility includes an area for breakfast and dinner and Navajo private tours to visit the Monument Valley.
In case the suggested solutions above couldn’t be available anymore for the date of your journey or simply you prefer to opt for cheaper solutions, you can always reckon to stay in the small town of Kayenta, in Arizona, or in Mexican Hut, Utah, respectively 45 and 35km far from the valley gate.
Where to sleep in the Monument Valley: other solutions of overnight stay from Kayenta as far as Mexican Hut
In this case, accommodation prices drop significantly and the choice is wider, both as Inn and Hotel chains and as restaurants