Glamp under the stars at Diné-owned bed-and-breakfast Shash Diné EcoRetreat just outside of Page, Arizona, off U.S. Route 89. (Shash Diné)
Baya Meehan, co-founder of Shash Diné, a glamping paradise on the Navajo reservation outside of Page, Arizona, can trace her lineage to this very swath of Tribal land back 18 generations. Raised in the property’s hogan, Beya resides on this land today, at their eco-tourism retreat featuring seven accommodations, with her husband and business partner Paul Meehan, and their two young children.
There are as many reasons to stay here as there are stars in the night sky that blanket the high-desert landscape — but here are 10:
1) Sustainable living is traditional living — no running water, no electricity. You haven’t seen the stars till you’ve slept at Shash Diné. Guests from urban locations have burst into tears at the very sight of the starlit sky, the Meehans have said.
2) The centerpiece of the eco-retreat is the original family hogan, rehabilitated and heated by a wood-burning stove.
3) A second hogan is built of earth and juniper logs sourced from Utah’s Bears Ears area — offering visitors a truly authentic Diné experience.
4) Visitors have options for accommodations, particularly in summer months: two restored sheepherder wagons, sleeping two, and two canvas tents that accommodate up to four.
5) Stays include a tour of the property and surrounding natural attractions, including Page and Lake Powell, located 12 miles to the north, and Horseshoe Bend, a quick five-minute drive away.
6) The eco-retreat also offers easy access by car to Antelope Canyon and Grand Canyon National Park.
7) Nightfall offers the opportunity to squat around the fire, and connect with loved ones or fellow visitors through presence and story.
8) Morning greets guests with the scent of ranch coffee and locally sourced Navajo tea, and a traditional Diné breakfast of blue corn porridge and seasonal fruit.
9) Experiencing the traditional, off-the-grid lifestyle not only reconnects visitors to nature and traditional culture, it supports a Native American entrepreneur.
10) If you need another reason, BusinessInsider just named Shash Diné one of the 29 of the best glamping sites in the U.S.
Visit www.shashdine.com to book.