On Friday, January 16, 1959, Mountain Shadows 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 became a part of entertainment history when it was used as the primary backdrop for “The Brothers Brannagan”, a detective drama. The property had another brush with fame when The Monkees shot an episode of their TV show on location.
In 1960, a $4-million, 80-acre expansion of the resort added a par-56 golf course, club house, a new hotel and additional private residences. No detail went overlooked, down to imported palms and sand. In 1961, developer Del Webb changed the name to “Del Webb’s Mountain Shadows" and became the sole proprietor. Marriott then purchased the property in 1981 and re-dubbed it “Marriott’s Mountain Shadows Resort and Country Club.” The original resort locked its doors for good in 2004.
After closing, the property exchanged hands multiple times. The true rebirth of Mountain Shadows began in 2014, when Westroc Hospitality and Woodbine Development Corp. joined forces to rebuild it from the ground up. Construction began in 2015 and the resort was reintroduced in 2017.
a new beginning
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 Mountain Shadows a beloved destination for decades.