Our Story

The historic heart
of Paradise Valley


On Friday, January 16, 1959, Mountain Shadows Resort opened its doors in Paradise Valley, Arizona. Perfectly nestled below Camelback Mountain and Mummy Mountain, the resort earned its namesake from the shadows cast by the iconic silhouettes each afternoon. The upscale locale was an instant success, catering to the likes of international travelers, visiting families and Hollywood stars. Meanwhile, Valley residents could own a slice of paradise by purchasing private homes that included special services and scenic views.

A Desert Icon

Mountain Shadows' Chef Victor Basil delighted locals and visitors alike, while Dick Halleman’s Orchestra serenaded diners and dancers. Soon after it opened, Mountain Shadows Resort became a part of entertainment history when it was used as the primary backdrop for “The Brothers Brannagan" used the resort as its backdrop for the antics of a pair of private eyes.

In 1981, the resort was purchased by Marriott and utilized when the Camelback Inn across the street was full. In 2004, the resort closed, and in 2014 it was demolished and split into three parcels. One parcel was sold to local Westroc Hospitality and Woodbine Development Corporation, which partnered to completely rebuild the resort from the ground up. The new Mountain Shadows opened in 2017, now part of the Benchmark, Pyramid Luxury & Lifestyle collection.


Today, Mountain Shadows stands at the heart of Paradise Valley once more. Traces of the past can be found throughout the resort, from the name of the restaurant to iconic breeze block by the pool. Whether they follow in the footsteps of past globetrotters or happen to live down the street, every guest experiences the same warm hospitality, modern elegance and beautiful scenery that made the resort a beloved destination for decades.