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Navajo Nation

Navajo Nation

Spread across Northern Arizona and stretching into New Mexico and Utah, the Navajo Nation is the largest reservation in the US and ideal for culture and outdoor recreation. From the iconic Monument Valley to historic Canyon de Chelly, the tribe welcomes visitors to explore its natural wonders and learn about Navajo culture.

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Arizona Route 264, Navajo Indian Reservation, Arizona, USA

The Basics

Covering 27,000 square miles (70,000 square kilometers), the Navajo Nation encompasses several of Arizona’s top natural attractions—which can be explored on tours led by local Navajo guides. Make the most of a trip to Northern Arizona by booking a tour that visits the colorful twists of Antelope Canyon, postcard-worthy buttes of Monument Valley, the famous Four Corners, and the living history museums of Canyon de Chelly National Monument. You can also see some of the area’s man-made marvels on a tour that visits Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powel.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • While you can explore some parts of the Navajo Nation on your own, areas such as Antelope Canyon require you to visit with a guide.
  • You can purchase Navajo crafts and food at shops, roadside stands, and flea markets.
  • Bring your camera for the natural wonders but exercise respect when photographing locals.
  • Cell service and GPS are limited in the Navajo Nation so look up driving directions before starting out.
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How to Get There

Spanning the area north of I-40, the Navajo Nation can be accessed by car, bus, train, or on a tour that includes round-trip transportation. If driving from Flagstaff, take I-40 East to exit 357 and follow Indian Route 12 to Window Rock—the capital of the Navajo Nation.

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When to Get There

Spring and fall are the best seasons to explore the Navajo Nation. That way, you avoid the crowds and heat of summer and can enjoy temperate weather. The reservation is also accessible in winter, although it can snow in some parts.

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Where to Stay When Visiting the Navajo Nation The Navajo Nation encompasses several towns including Window Rock (the nation’s capital), Tuba City, Page, Chinle, and Kayenta—each of which has a few hotel and lodging options. Additionally, there is camping available at campgrounds throughout the reservation. For a cultural experience, you can stay in a rustic, traditional lodge known as a hogan.

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