Alongside the traditional guest rooms, there is a campsite with RV hook-ups as well as cabins perched on the valley rim. Rooms are simple, but floor-to-ceiling windows bring the majesty of Monument Valley inside: soft pink at dawn, fire-orange dusk. Book a third-floor ‘Star View’ room for the best night-sky views.
Ultimately though, you’re here for the park. Navajo-led tours, bookable via the hotel, can take you deep into the backcountry. Here, Navajo families still live the old ways, without running water or electricity, living off the land as they have for centuries; you can learn how yucca and juniper are harvested to make baskets and bracelets, hear legends, find petroglyphs and spot wild mustangs roaming free.
While this is ‘Indian’ country, it’s seen plenty of cowboys over the years too. The valley has become synonymous with Hollywood’s image of the Wild West – many classic Westerns such as Stagecoach were shot here. When we think of that history, we now picture this stark red desert.
There is a Navajo word, Hozhóó, which means harmony, and it is that which the hotel’s founder Armanda Ortega wishes to share with her guests. A harmony where ‘Mother Earth meets Father Sky in a seemingly endless vista of beauty’. Stay here and you’ll have it all to yourself.
Valley-view rooms from $129pn (£93), camping from $29.95pn (£22); monumentvalleyview.com