Mountain Shadows stands at the heart of Paradise Valley, an iconic resort that opened in 1959 and has been completely rebuilt from the ground up. Traces of the past can be found throughout the resort, from the restaurant's name to the pool's breeze block. 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.
The Story - On Friday, January 16, 1959, Mountain Shadows Resort Scottsdale 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 international travelers' likes, 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 Resort Scottsdale’ Chef Victor Basil delighted locals and visitors alike, while Dick Hallman's Orchestra serenaded diners and dancers. Soon after it opened, Mountain Shadows Resort Scottsdale became a part of entertainment history when 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, clubhouse, 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 Resort Scottsdale" and became the sole proprietor. Marriott then purchased the property in 1981 and re-dubbed it “Marriott’s Mountain Shadows Resort Scottsdale and Country Club.” The original resort locked its doors for good in 2004. After closing, the property exchanged hands multiple times. Mountain Shadows Resort Scottsdale's true rebirth 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.
Accommodations - At Mountain Shadows, careful attention is given to every aspect of your stay. No detail is overlooked, from the geometric accents and abundant natural light to the plush bedding and in-room cocktail menu. Modern decor, bright light, and bold design set the tone for a well-styled desert retreat. Choose from a range of guestrooms, or book one of the resort residences for more space and luxurious upgrades. Browse all of the accommodations to find your perfect fit.
Dining - While the dining areas may be temporarily closed due to the latest regulations, having a seasonal selection of food and drinks available for take-out and in-room dining. Enjoy seasonal fare at Hearth ’61 all day or classic eats and brews at Rusty’s after a round on the golf course. The Citizens Club offers organic juices and fresh bites, perfect after a workout or poolside on a sunny day. Make yourself at home in your guestroom with room service around the clock.
''Hearth' 61 ''- When Paradise Valley officially became a town in 1961, residents prided themselves on the quality of life and majestic desert scenery. Hearth ’61 honors the town's origins by encouraging the community to gather around delicious food and good times. Renowned Chef Charles Wiley believes in ingredient-driven cuisine made with time-honored flavor pairings and cooking styles rich in tradition. Enjoy craft cocktails, local brews, and an extensive wine selection in the open restaurant with a stunning exhibition kitchen and dramatic mountain views. Top 10 Restaurant Dishes of Arizona - The Arizona Republic, Best New Restaurants & Best New Chefs Phoenix Magazine, The Most Beautifully Designed Bar in Arizona - Architectural Digest.
''Rusty's" - Whether you are gearing up for 18 holes, winding down afterward, or taking advantage of happy hour, a visit to Rusty’s is a must. The tradition here is for the player with the lowest score on The Forrest Wager to pick up a round of drinks. While “Rusty’s” could refer to out-of-practice golfers, the name also honors Rusty Lyon. Rusty was the father of Scott Lyon, the developer who spearheaded the property’s rebirth. Rusty was a commercial real estate icon in the Valley and an avid golfer. Today, Rusty’s golf grill and lounge hosts hungry golfers and spectators at The Short Course. After a day on the links, some good-natured ribbing over food and drinks may be in order. Rusty would approve of both the views and camaraderie found at the eatery, which bears his name.
Wellbeing - The Citizens Committee for the Incorporation of The Town of Paradise Valley, Arizona was a group of residents who founded Paradise Valley in 1961. The volunteer organization made it their mission to create a town that offered an incredible quality of life while preserving the area’s natural beauty and promoting neighborhood unity. Today, The Citizens Club pays tribute to the Citizens Committee by offering a space to congregate, socialize and focus on mental and physical health. Guests and residents are encouraged to enjoy the club’s amenities while taking in the stunning views that inspired Paradise Valley’s founders to unite.
Golf - Enjoy a fun and relatively quick round on the par-3, 18-hole course. The original golf course at Mountain Shadows Resort Scottsdale was designed and built-in 1961 by architect Arthur Jack Snyder. It quickly became a favorite among Hollywood celebrities and socialites, known for its seclusion and incredible desert setting. Course architect Forrest Richardson, who was mentored by Snyder, completely redesigned the course by combining its storied heritage with modern features. The updated layout pays homage to the original with challenging greens, rugged slopes, distinct holes, and beautiful Camelback Mountain views. Explore the golf specials and events, group activities, delicious food and drinks at Rusty's and The Forrest Wager. Beginners and experienced players of any era are sure to love their round at The Short Course.
Set in serene Paradise Valley, Mountain Shadows Resort Scottsdale is a relaxing retreat close to the best local spots in nearby Downtown Scottsdale and Phoenix. Explore the area's renowned dining, shopping and nightlife, check out a local art museum, or get outdoors and see the desert up close.