Photos of the Completed Project will no doubt proliferate as time goes on, but they may be a bit misleading as to the true nature of the project. The idea of an imposed pure form in a purer pristine environment - that is what the project aspires to be. However, the hotel was not built on a pristine site, nor was it imposed on a pure landscape. On the contrary, it may actually serve to clean up and better organize the human activities in the immediate area. Where the hotel now sits were the park's many maintenance buildings and storage facilities. They have been relocated down the road away from the rim and farther away from the park. The hotel sits at the edge of the valley, not in the valley itself. It adjoins the 50-year-old Visitor Center.
Major Players were on hand for the grand opening celebration. A quiet and clear January afternoon greeted dignitaries for the indoor / outdoor ceremony Executive and legislative branches of the Navajo Nation were well represented and key members took part in the blessing ceremony Completed hotel offers 96 rooms including 3 super suites Dining Area accommodates parties of up to 275 people South facing terraces were used for speeches and presentations Blessing ceremony took place in 2-story lobby
90 new rooms now overlook the old valley - Monument Valley is so old in fact that some of its rock layers predate land animals on earth - solid for half a billion years, the ancient dunes are slipping back into sand again as if right before our eyes.
A dusting of show sets off the VIEW under quiet sky and soft solstice sun. This was a perfect day to celebrate the opening of the new restaurant and hotel - a venue for overnight party goers to explore and enjoy.