The red rock pinnacles and mesas of Monument Valley are sacred to the Navajo. They believe them to be the petrified remains of fallen monsters, defeated by the holy people, and now buried in the sand. Millions come each year to share in that mythology and see this sacred land. Few get to stay on site.
Navajo owned and operated, The View is the only hotel inside Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. And it is well-named: its rooms have balconies facing the Mittens, two huge red buttes rising like giant’s fists. At a lookout beside the hotel, tourists jostle for a glimpse. At The View, you have your own private box.
The hotel has been designed to blend into the sandstone desert. Inside, it is a reflection of Navajo culture, with locally made art and hand-woven rugs (a Navajo speciality) dotted throughout. The restaurant features traditional Navajo dishes, such as green chile stew and Navajo tacos, as well as American fare. It’s not fancy, but the panoramic windows make it, perhaps, the south-west’s most spectacular bite.