Mountain Shadows, Paradise Valley, Arizona

Sally Parker stops off at Mountain Shadows, Arizona on a fly-drive visit across the state.

The Background:

The original Mountain Shadows, open from 1959 to 2004, got its name from two mountains, Camelback and Mummy, which cast their shadows over the property. The new resort opened in April 2017 and has kept many reminders of the original, including the restaurant name and a hallway lined with historic photos.

The Location:

Located in Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, the resort is an 8.7 mile drive from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, which has direct British Airways and American Airlines flights from Heathrow.

The close-by Echo Valley Recreation Area has many trails to explore including the hike up Camelback Mountain. This particular hike is very steep and requires some scrambling over boulders but rewards the intrepid with far reaching views from the summit, sitting at 2,704 feet above sea level. There are other less challenging trail heads within east reach of the hotel. 

Old Town Scottsdale is a short drive away. It’s fun to wander through its nine districts, checking out the public art (sculptures such as One-Eyed Jack and The Bronze Horse Fountain) or celebrate a solar event at the Soleri Bridge. Finish with a beer and live country music at the Rusty Spur Saloon or one of the many other bars, nightclubs, breweries, wine tasting rooms and saloons.

Mountain Shadows The Short Course Hole 7 B

The Welcome/Check-In:

Super speedy and efficient, we were in our room within five minutes of arriving. There are plenty of parking spots at the front of the hotel, or you can utilise valet parking, included as part of the resort fee.

The Room:

Maybe the biggest shower I’ve ever seen, with a glass surround which allows you to watch TV or look out over the golf course while lathering. If you fancy a bit more privacy, a pull around screen separates the bedroom and bathroom areas. There’s a separate toilet, spacious sink area, well-lit dressing table and luxury robes. Red Flower toiletries are provided and, in the wardrobe, a safe and iron. In the bedroom area there’s a king size bed, chaise longue, coffeemaker, full pay bar and desk/seating area. Patio doors open onto a terrace with a lounger and table and chairs overlooking the golf course. The design is fun and contemporary, with concrete-style floors and ceiling, modern fixtures and fittings, and a mix of modern artwork and historical photos.

Mountain Shadows Signature Premium Guestroom
Mountain Shadows Camelback Presidential Suite Bathroom

Key Facilities:

The Citizens Club pool, fitness, and cabanas area is named after the committee who founded Paradise Valley in 1961, with a mission to offer a good quality of life while preserving the area’s natural beauty. A total of 19 fitness classes, including cardio and stretch, are offered throughout the week, free of charge to the hotel guests, along with a well-equipped fitness centre. There are two pools, linked by a waterfall, and plenty of loungers to soak up the rays. The par-3 Short Course has a few challenges and the stunning surroundings will take your mind off any shots that go awry.

Mountain Shadows Pool Camelback Mountain

Restaurants and Bars:

Hearth 61 serves brunch and dinner, inside or on the patio, and has a bar and lounge area with live music. Rusty’s next to the golf course has a more casual outdoor vibe, providing breakfast with complimentary coffee in the morning, lunch and also features a bar. The pool bar serves food and drinks throughout the day.

Mountain Shadows Hearth 61 Patio

The Verdict:

A great spot to stop, relax and re-charge the batteries, maybe on arrival at the start of an Arizona fly- drive holiday, or to enjoy a final few rays of sunshine before heading home.

The Details:


Enjoy 10% off our best flexible rate and welcome drinks upon arrival.

Must reserve at least one day in advance. Requires one-night room and tax non-refundable deposit. Cannot be combined with other offers.


Book a three-night stay and get the fourth consecutive night free.

  • Winter: $$499-$599
  • Spring: $449-$699
  • Summer: $199-$249
  • Fall: $269-$549

Mountain Shadow, 5445 East Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, Arizona 85253 T: 001 855 485 1417