My wife & I were part of a family group of 8 adults touring national parks for a week in early August (HOT!). We changed hotels daily & drove 1200+ miles during the week..... Lots of astonishing canyons, valleys, & rocks! Did I say it was HOT?!
We arrived in Monument Valley after 9 PM on my birthday 8/8 & found only 2 restaurants still open... We hurried over to the Wagonwheel, which is part of the Kayenta Monument Valley Inn (formerly a Holiday Inn). The restaurant was crowded, so our large party waited a few minutes before being seated at a nice table in a corner that resembled a faux pueblo setting. Our server was a young, cheerful Navajo woman with a lovely dress, attractive jewelry, & anomalous tatoos. She struggled with the food orders from our boisterous 8 people, but eventually got it right. My 1st birthday surprise was that this was going to be an alcohol-free meal, since we were on the Navajo reservation where alcohol is banned..... :(
Surprisingly, the Coors nonalcoholic beer was satisfying, especially with the fajitas & refried beans than my wife & I shared. In fact, 2 beers were quite good with the food. All the meals at our table were good/undistinguished, but about average for Mexican food in a southwest restaurant.
My 2nd birthday surprise was being serenaded after dinner by what must have been the entire Navajo serving staff with a LOUD rendition of "Happy Birthday." That was fun....
With limited choices for places to eat in Kayenta, I'd recommend the Wagonwheel, mostly for its colorful decor/surroundings & Navajo staff.
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