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“Memorable Accomodation” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Firetree Bed & Breakfast

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Firetree Bed & Breakfast
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Miami
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11 reviews
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“Memorable Accomodation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2013

We stayed here a while ago but I wanted to review because we had such a nice time. The owners were friendly and interesting to speak with -- they have a small piece of land in the middle of the reservation but are not native (interesting story there). Also interesting to get their views on issues facing the native people. We had fun sleeping in the hogan -- it was a different experience and my three year old loved it. We stayed for several days and used the location as a base to explore the area and took some drives/hikes into southern Utah. Would highly recommend a stay -- but do stay for more than one night to soak up some atmosphere.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2013

If you've ever been in the soundproof room at Caltech, where you're on a bridge in the middle of a very large anechoized chamber, you'll appreciate the wonderful quiet and cozy feeling of sleeping in a Firetree hogan. For those of us who didn't know, a "hogan" is a traditional Navajo dwelling constructed by packing clay mud onto an 8-sided juniper log foundation. The clay mud provides the dampening and the juniper logs smell of the desert, just the right prescription for a deep and soulful sleep. The hogan is not the only attraction at Firetree as I found out, the hosts' calm and thoughtful ways set the tone for my days there, not to mention the homemade bread and jam! Book early in the year, or better still, book your next visit while you're there because you will want to come back!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2012

Scenesetter: on our US trip we looked for unusual accommodation with a bit of character. The Fire Tree B&B exceeded all expectations! We loved it, and it was my favourite accommodation in our whole trip.

Disclaimer: Fire Tree isn’t a hotel, and it isn’t a posh relaxation spot. If you want luxury or even standard hotel-style amenities, head elsewhere. If you do want a genuine local experience to make your visit to Monument Valley truly memorable – read on.

The Fire Tree B&B is the home of Martin and Raquel; Martin grew up on the property, and his parents and their friends built the main structures.

Fire Tree is situated at the base of a sandstone mesa, surrounded by Navajo reservation. Access is by car, approx 10 miles from the nearest general store, including some 3 miles of unsealed sand roads with no street lighting. So it really is off the beaten track.

Accommodation is a series of Navajo-style rooms called ‘hogans’ – essentially, dome-roofed log huts built without nails and covered with mud. The floors are stone, and the ceiling’s fire ventilation hole is converted to a skylight. The construction ensures the hogans stay a very comfortable temperature despite the desert setting, cool during the day but warm at night.
Rooms have electricity, including a small bar fridge if needed. The beds are comfortable, and there are chairs and side tables to relax in.

Bathrooms are in a separate block a short walk away on unpaved paths, and are basic but adequate. Although the block is shared, you will be assigned your ‘own’ bathroom and toilet in the block. There are a couple of small steps to get into the building.

The common room is in another structure again, part of Martin & Raquel’s living quarters. This is where breakfast is served. It’s a lovely continental-style breakfast of bread and preserves and fresh-baked breakfast cake, with bottomless coffee/tea.

Things to be aware of:
• The rooms are comfortable, but they are huts. Consider whether you can cope with the separate toilet/shower. As another reviewer said, it’s like ‘posh camping’.
• You need to bring your own dinner, but there are no real cooking facilities. We took some instant cup noodles, and Raquel kindly provided boiled water and forks for us to eat.
• When travelling there, print out the maps from the website and follow the instructions exactly – you won’t go wrong. If you deviate from the instructions, you could find yourself lost in the dark on unpaved, unsigned roads (as another guest and his son did while we were there).
• There is no wifi or phone reception of any kind. If you have an urgent phone or internet need, Martin can lend you his computer for a short while.
• There’s no night life of any kind. It’s quiet, and the nearest shops are a 15-minute drive away.

So why would you go to Fire Tree? Because it’s a unique experience that will really lift your Monument Valley visit and fix it in your memory.

Martin and Raquel are generous with suggestions of places to visit in the area, and have indispensable local knowledge.

Simply to stay at Fire Tree, you drive right out into mesa country. You can go exploring – we walked about half-way up the mesa behind Fire Tree and could have gone further if it wasn’t so late in the day. The solitude and isolation are central to Fire Tree’s charm.

On the second night we were there, the local Navajo had a gathering a couple of miles down the road. Later that night, as we sat outside and read our books and the Navajo Times, we caught the sound of the gathered people chanting in language. Magical. So glad we stayed there.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Hertfordshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2012

The hogan was a great experience for a couple of nights & I certainly never wished we'd chosen a hotel. Longer? - well, it's not 'en suite', there is no where to unpack your cases & it's a longish drive to the nearest food .......
But the hogan really was amazingly comfortable, nicely furnished & somehow always the right temperature, cool during the day, warm at night. Even the stone floor didn't seem chilly but I would have liked a rug, more because it looks cosy than because I actully needed one.
The spot is very peaceful with only animal noises at night & the occasional vehicle during the day.
You have to go to a separate building for the lavatories & showers. We're of an age when we needed to get up at least once in the night but we were lucky enough to be there during full moon. I was amazed how light it was. I've heard of people reading by moonlight & I could almost believe it. Torches are supplied but we didn't need them.
Raquel & Martin made us very welcome. We'll dine out on the experience for years.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2012

what a great thing to do - the Hogan is very confortable and cool, perfect for a fun, alternative visit to Monument Valley, and i highly recomend it over the other two large hotels that are there. Raquel and Martin are great hosts and breakfast was delicious. we did struggle a little to find it, but that was down to our map reading inability and not the map! but just getting there was an amusing experience! the pictures do not do this place justice, as it is a lovely set up and a really great experience all round.

Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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cincinnati, oh
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2012

Easy to find--just follow the map provided and it's very easy--even in the dark. The hogan is warm and comfortable--very cozy. Really like a log cabin that is round. Marquel and Martin are delightful hosts, very welcoming and gracious. Staying at Firetree is a great way to appreciate the stars and loveliness of the area.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2012

Just getting to Firetree is fun in itself and after a few days in Vegas, Firetree was the perfect antidote.

We only booked one night but with some good luck (a cancellation) we got to stay two nights to be rewarded with Navajo chanting wafting across the valley.

Its an easy walk out the front gate and around to the Mesa at the back of Firetree to explore and there is plenty of petrified wood samples to collect. We added one or two to the 'collection' around our Hogan.

All of the amenities at Firetree are serviceable and if you arrive with an appropriate expectation of staying in a remote location all will be fine.

Raquel's breakfasts are great with good coffee and the 'cake' was a personal favourite. The lack of an evening meal didn't prevent any problems with us planning our day and a strategic stop at Goulding's to stock up on anything we thought we might want.

Martin's recommendation to check out Muley Point and Twin Rocks provided us with some spectactular scenery and opportunities to buy some quality Navajo products.

If you're not comfortable driving off the tarmac then ensure you check in before sunset and should have no problems with the directions that are provided when you book.

Thanks Raquel and Martin for opening up your home for us to enjoy a unique experience.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Firetree Bed & Breakfast
Address: PO Box 360417, Monument Valley, UT 84536-0417
Location: United States > Utah > Monument Valley
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Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Monument Valley
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 109
Also Known As:
Firetree Hotel Monument Valley
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