Posted by Jessie K / Friday, August 2, 2013 / 3 Comments / Arkansas , Historical Sites , Kid Friendly , Rogers , Things to Do
The Monte Ne Hotel Ruins in Rogers, AR
(Directions and more info at the bottom of post)
From the parking lot, you'll step over a guard rain onto a large concrete area with quite a pretty view of Beaver Lake.
Make sure you don't overlook this area though! What your standing on is part of the hotels foundation and if you take the small path to the side, you'll see these small concrete rooms which were actually the servants quarters!
The tower of the once Oklahoma Row Hotel is now gated off due to vandalism but is still neat to view. The tower is registered as a national historical site and is one of the first examples of a reinforced concrete structure in Arkansas.
If you follow the beach around the bend you'll be in for more foundational explorations.
Though this area needs some serious tending to, it's definitely worth checking out! The history alone makes it all the more intriguing and the story of William Harvey and Monte Ne is really fascinating!
Click HERE to learn about more of the hotel's history.
-The area is quite overgrown and neglected...trash, broken bottles, etc.
-The main tower has been vandalized and is now closed off with a very high chain link fence, though you can still get close enough to view it pretty closely.
-Visit when the lake is low to explore a bit more of the "lost resort"
Directions to Monte Ne: East of Rogers, from US 71 go east on New Hope Rd 2 mi., continue on Monte Ne Rd 2.3 mi., then continue on Charlton Dr. just southwest of where Sunset Dr. intersects along Beaver Lake.
Please help keep special places like this open for us and future generations of outdoor lovers to enjoy. When people don't behave respectfully, places like these inevitably get shut down and closed to access. Act safely and adopt and adhere to a "leave no trace" policy and always pick up your trash. Even better, try to bring an extra trashbag wherever you go so that you can pick up trash previously left behind if you find it. We can all do our part to make sure these places stay beautiful and open to all!