Navajo Hotel Owners Open a Retreat in Monument Valley

Roberta John

It’s all about the mystical view.

That is, the view of Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, on the northern outskirts of the Navajo Nation.

For the past several years, visitors have had an opportunity to wake up to the soothing rays of the sun overlooking towering chestnut-colored rock formations at the park from their room at The View Hotel – the only hotel in the world in Monument Valley.

The owners of The View Hotel Armanda and Art Ortega, learned that there are also visitors who want to connect with Mother Earth yet still be able to embrace the warm welcome of early morning dawn from a whole new level. With that concept in mind, the Ortegas planned and designed a multi-dimensional campground, which is called The View Campground, while the cabins at the campground are called “The Cabins at The View.” Located just north of the hotel, the campground has 29 cabins that exemplify a cultural retreat and vintage peaceful pleasure.

“The view captivates what we want visitors to see and experience,” said Armanda, Navajo/Dine.

The View Campground also includes 30 RV spots and 30 wilderness campsites, which attracts outdoor enthusiasts who want to capture the essence of rustic living and a dust of authentic Navajo history. Ortega explained that the RV spots are dry and the cabins are fully furnished and equipped just like a private hotel room.The cabins have a rustic look on the outside to imitate a natural age patina, but have a warm and timeless realm of western nostalgia on the inside. No expenses were spared….giving this ranch-like campground a sense of legacy and retreat.

In traditional Navajo culture, touching Mother Earth is a form of healing and medicine, so it was important to design the rooms with a ground level ambiance and give visitors a down-to-earth experience.

The Navajo-owned company hired up to 20 people during the peak of the tourism season in the summer. The campground was completed in June 2014; however, there are additional plans for improvement. Armanda also explained that since they are still in their first year of operation, many visitors did not know there was a RV campground or cabins at Monument Valley until they arrived. “We are working to change that very quickly,” she said.

“It is a work in progress,” Armanda said. “We are working behind the scenes to help visitors enjoy the magnificent beauty and wonder of Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. However, we know the true beauty of this valley are the Navajo people who are the cultural treasures and an integral part of this world-renowned attraction.”

Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation Department manager Martin L. Begaye said, “The new addition has helped create new jobs for the local Navajo people and provide a new avenue for visitors to experience the unique solitude that can only be found here at Monument Valley. The View Campground has also helped increase visitation to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park and increased revenues that will help maintain and improve the park.”

The View Campground…where the stay is as important as the view. Is the perfect retreat to hear silent whispers of Navajo culture.

For more information about The View Campground or The View Hotel, visit

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