Bring the camera: The new View Hotel—the only lodging in the Navajo Nation's Monument Valley Tribal Park—promises shots of ocherstained, millennia-in-the-making sandstone buttes and pinnacles from every one of its 96 rooms. All have balconies overlooking the Four Corners region.
In the lobby, beside kachinas and Navajo wedding baskets, visitors relax on leather sofas by a stone fireplace and gaze out at the iconic formations. Guest rooms are outfitted with chunky Southwestern furniture and coverlets in bright, geometric patterns. The hotel's restaurant, with its own sweet views, serves Navajo-inspired cuisine.
For more sights, drive the nearby 17-mile loop road. If much of the route looks familiar it's because many movies, including eight John Ford westerns, have been filmed here. At dusk, head back to the hotel, perched above the valley, to watch the towers turn fiery red. From $95. (435) 727-5556, www.monumentvalleyview.com.
Photography courtesy View Hotel
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