Does Monument Valley's View Hotel Live Up To Its Name?
The image above is an accurate representation of what you'd experience in a perfect world during a stay at Utah's The View in Monument Valley. But most travelers know that rarely do circumstances turn out the way we envision them. Part of being a savvy traveler is adapting, and maybe even finding beauty in less-than-perfect conditions.
Last year around this time, we made the trek up to the border of Utah and Arizona, eager to see if The View did indeed live up to its name. We arrived under cloudy skies, the weather soon turning damp and snowy, and the next morning filled with clouds. Looking at our photos, you'll see the weather pattern put on quite a show.
Check out the photo gallery for a taste of the experience. What do you think? Does the weather make the scenery even better?
A few things to know about The View: You won't need to worry about booking a bum room. All 95 provide views of the red rock monuments.
If you crave a couple cocktails in the evening, BYOB. We were ready to put our feet up with a hot toddy when it started snowing, but our hopes were quickly crushed when we were informed there was no alcohol for sale on the Navajo reservation.
When you're ready to pull yourself away from the balcony and take a closer look, the Wildcat Trail leaves directly from the resort and is an easy 4-mile loop that gets you up close and personal with the 1,000 foot tall structures.
Rates begin at $99 a night.
[Photos: The View/Will McGough for Hotel Chatter]