The View Hotel
Take in the vibrant sandstone vistas of Tsé Bii’ Ndzisgaii (Valley of the Rocks in Diné), otherwise known as Monument Valley, from The View Hotel—the only overnight accommodations in the valley located inside Navajo Nation Tribal Park. The balconies of all 95 guestrooms face the West and East Mitten Buttes, two distinctive geological formations that resemble hands and signify spiritual protection over the land (facing page). Armanda Ortega, Diné, Kiy`anníí (Towering House) Clan, founded The View Hotel in northeast Navajo County, Arizona, in December 2008. “This is a place where Hozhóó, harmony, is revealed to all,” Ortega says.
Sante Fe Hacienda
Experience Santa Fe from a boutique hotel that reflects the cultural heritage of its majority owner, Picuris Pueblo, the smallest of the region’s 19 Pueblo tribes. Hotel Santa Fe The Hacienda & Spa is just a 10-minute walk from the heart of downtown, the historic Santa Fe Plaza, renowned for its turquoise jewelry vendors, among other southwestern arts and crafts. Hotel Santa Fe offers 128 guest rooms; its adjacent Hacienda features 35 lavish rooms and suites. The Spa at Hotel Santa Fe immerses guests in relaxation and the sensory pleasures of Mother Earth with treatments that emphasize rebalancing and purifying through natural elements.
The majestic canyons of Navajo country have always been home to Siera Begaye,
Dine. She finds peace in the desert landscape, which serves as the stunning
backdrop of her photo shoots. Begaye began modeling at age 15, and today
counts more than 13,000 Instagram followers (@sweetsib). She collaborates with
Native photographers, makeup artists, hair stylists and fashion designers—“bridging
the gap between Native-inspired to Native made,” she says. Devoted to the
healing and wellness of Native youth and women, she has traveled to Hawaii, New
Zealand, California and Oregon as a volunteer for the Native Wellness Institute,
as well as collaborated with Indigenous Rising Media. Today Begaye, 21, guides
international visitors on tours through Antelope Canyon. “I have a deep respect for
our environment, the elements that shape us and our earth,” she says.