Welcome to the Navajo Nation. This site was developed by a member of the Navajo Nation and will be updated each week on Thursdays with information and insights on activities and destinations across the reservation. You are encouraged to become a subscriber. We intend to tell share with you as much as possible, beyond what is not published in various books out there and about events happening during that week. For example, visitors have expressed in surveys that they want to know a little bit more about events happening on the reservation. A majority of visitors to Navajo are also from Arizona, mostly Phoenix, and then California. The following are some things we will highlight.
- What’s in the news: This will be a blog that explains what’s in the local headlines that tribal members are talking. This will be informative and educational for the reader.
- Our Recommendations: This will be a blog on places to eat, shop, events, cultural events, camp, and other happenings. For example, we’ll share with you public events that are happening at a local school that are cultural and open to the public.
- Destinations: We will provide you some behind-the-scenes information about certain tourist destination spots across Navajo land. Look at our map.
- Window Rock
There are a lot places to see and things to do in the tribal capitol of Window Rock – one of six largest reservation towns. Window Rock has a population of about 2,710 (2010 census) but it’s actually about 8,000 – 10,000 during the weekdays when tribal government employees are at work. The town of Window Rock is not incorporated so there is no mayor or city council form of government, but it is the seat of the central tribal government. This is where you will find the Navajo Nation Council Chambers, the Office of the Navajo President and Vice President, tribal court buildings, police department, and other centrally located government buildings. There are also schools, a hospital, and some state government offices located here. CLICK FOR MORE INFO.
- Chinle, Arizona
- Chinle is one of the sixth largest reservation towns with a population of 4,518 (2010 U.S. Census). It is also home to one of the largest tourists attractions: Canyon De Chelly and Spider Rock (see photo). The town has a popular flea market where you will find arts and craft, food stands that sell fry bread and mutton stew, and even clothes. On certain days you can go swimming at Chinle High School and check out their weight room. If you want to see some grassroots government in action, then attend a Chinle Chapter House meeting – usually held on weekends. CLICK FOR MORE INFO.
- Monument Valley/Kayenta
- As the gateway to the international tourists attraction Monument Valley, Kayenta is another one of the sixth largest reservation towns, (pop. 5,189) but unlike the other “towns” Kayenta is actually a town government with a municipal body government. In fact, it is known as Kayenta Townhip and is the only form of government of is kind across the reservation. However, beyond the township boundaries, the Kayenta Chapter takes over. You can stop in at their central headquarters to find out more about how their government works. The flea market is held every Wednesday, and there is a Navajo Arts & Craft store in town. CLICK FOR MORE INFO.
- Tuba City
- Tuba City is also one of the six largest reservation towns with a population of 8,611 (2010 U.S. Census). Tuba City also has a flea market in the center of town that runs daily, and in open locations. Tuba City Chapter House is located near the center of town and is usually very busy when a meeting is in progress. Tuba City is home to many tribal government offices, a hospital, schools, a board school, shopping center, and others. However, unlike other Navajo reservation communities, the east side of Tuba City where the stoplights are located is Hopi land. The Hopis have a nice hotel located there and just a short distance away is Moenkopi village, a Hopi village. There are some unique cultural and tourist spots as well. CLICK FOR MORE INFO.
- Shiprock, NM
- Shiprock is also one of the six large reservation towns (pop. 8,156) and home to the world famous and majestic Shiprock (see photo). Shiprock is located on the New Mexico side of the reservation and is known for hosting the oldest Navajo fair in October of each year. The annual parade draws over 100,000 visitors say organizers. Bill Clinton visited Shiprock during his presidency in 2000. CLICK FOR MORE INFO.
- Tsaile is home to Dine College, the oldest of 36 tribal colleges across the country and formerly known as Navajo Community College. Besides, Dine College, there is a small health clinic, a K-8th grade school with 430 students, and a single store/gas station to serve the entire area.
- Crownpoint is also among of the sixth largest reservation towns with a 2010 U.S. Census population of 2,630 and is located on the New Mexico side. Crownpoint is also home to Navajo Technical University, formerly known as Crownpoint Institute of Technology, then changed in 2006 to Navajo Technical College, and then changed again in 2013 to the present name Navajo Technical University. NTU has several bachelor degrees programs and is the first to offer a master’s degree in Dine Culture, Language & Leadership. The town also has a chapter house, a hospital, and a shopping center, and other offerings. CLICK FOR MORE INFO.
Ganado is home to Hubbell Trading Post, a National Historic Site (see photo). There are several books and articles about the trading post, which is still very active. If you visit, you will find many traditional Navajos who buy and trade, especially for Navajo baskets, deer hide, and hand woven Navajo rugs, as they’ve done for generations. Ganado is a small town with a population of 1,210 (2010 U.S. Census) and also has a flea market that is busy every day with food stands, or people selling wood. CLICK FOR MORE INFO.
- Dilkon – UNDER DEVELOPMENT – RETURN ON 9/19/16.
- Leupp- UNDER DEVELOPMENT – RETURN ON 9/19/16.
- Burnside – UNDER DEVELOPMENT – RETURN ON 9/19/16.
- Klagatoh – UNDER DEVELOPMENT – RETURN ON 9/19/16.
- Pinon- UNDER DEVELOPMENT – RETURN ON 9/19/16.
- Rough Rock – UNDER DEVELOPMENT – RETURN ON 9/19/16.
- Tohatchi, NM – UNDER DEVELOPMENT – RETURN ON 9/19/16.
Here is a FAQ developed by the Office of Navajo Tourism
Here is an independent site written by Larry DiLuccho that answers common questions about Navajo.
Here is another FAQ site written by the Arizona Office of Tourism.
Links: Links to several links to tourism spots on the Navajo reservation.
National Park Service
State of Arizona
State of New Mexico
State of Utah