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A.  Quality Inn Navajo Nation Capital
Window Rock, AZ
B.  Quality Inn Lake Powell
Page, AZ
C.  Quality Inn Navajo Nation
Tuba City, AZ
D.  Navajo Travel Center
Tuba City, AZ
E.  Historic Tuba City Trading Post F.  Explore navajo Interactive Museum
 
1.  Monument Valley
Navajo Tribal Park
2.  Kayenta Visitor's Center 3.  Oljato Trading Post
4.  Navajo National Monument 5.   El Capitan  6. Antelope Point Marina
 7. Antelope Canyon 8.  Navajo Bridge 9.  Grand Falls
 10. Elephant Feet 11.  Dinosaur Tracks 12.  Coal Mine Canyon
 13. Little Colorado River Gorge 14.  Four Corners Navajo Tribal Park 15.  Diné College & Hatathli Center
16.  Window Rock Tribal Park  17. Navajo Veteran's Memorial  18. Navajo Nation Council Chambers
19. Navajo Museum Library and Visitor Center  20. St. Michael's Historical Museum  21. Canyon de Chelly National Monument
 22. Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site  23. Chaco Culture National Historic Park  24. Asááyi Lake
25.  Wheatfields Lake  26. Navajo Arts & Crafts Enterprise  27. Navajo Nation Zoo & Botanical Park

Antelope Canyon
Antelope Canyon
Antelope Canyon is amazingly beautiful! Antelope Canyon is where you are able to view the spectacular slot canyons. View the beautifully carved red sandstone, and the gorgeous sloping angles of the rocks. The canyons are located near Page, Arizona. Keep in mind that when you visit the Canyons you must have an authorized tour guide with you.

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Antelope Point Marina
Antelope Point MarinaHugging the shoreline near some of the most scenic stretches of Lake Powell, the Navajo Nation-owned and operated marina offers a full service boat launching ramp, a serene lagoon perfect for swimming, a beach and plenty of parking.

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Asááyi Lake
Asááyi Lake The Asááyi Lake (Ah-sy-yeh) is the ideal place for outdoor camping, canoeing, trout fishing, and picnicking. Asááyi Lake is a 36 acre alpine lake surrounded by the beautiful Chuska Mountains.

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Canyon de Chelly National Monument
Canyon de Chelly Nowhere in Navajoland is the blend of past tradition and present culture more evident than at Canyon de Chelly National Monument. The Navajo people still have a mystical bond to this redstone canyon that cuts an almost tropical path of trees and flowers through the desert. Canyon de Chelly is home to several periods of Indian culture dating from 350 A.D. to 1300 A.D., and the 26-mile canyon's sheer cliffs range from 30 to more than 1,000 feet, providing a spectacular backdrop for hundreds of Anasazi ruins, as well as modern Navajo homes and farms. The visitor's center offers details and maps to all of the canyon's many world-famous sites, including Spider Rock, White House Ruins and Canyon del Muerto. From the sandy canyon floor by all- terrain vehicle, or from the rim on a self-guided tour by car, Canyon de Chelly is one of Navajoland's most popular all-day adventures.

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Chaco Culture National Historic Park
Chaco CanyonThe Chaco Culture Park is remarkable for its monumental public and ceremonial buildings, and of course its distinctive architecture. This remote park is located in beautiful northwestern New Mexico. The park features more than a dozen Anasazi ruins. The architectural ruins remain as a strong testament to the accomplishments of this vanished civilization.

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Coal Mine Canyon
Coal Mine CanyonCoal Mine Canyon, just southeast of Navajo Nation, is a striking combination of red mudstone, bleached white rock and coal streaks. There are picnic tables on the rim of the canyon, and the play of sunlight off the different colors of rock make for picturesque photography. For more info, call 928-871-6647.

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Diné College & Hatathli Center
Ned Hatathli Center Visit the first tribally controlled community college in the United States. Dine College was established in 1968 and it is known for encouraging Navajo youth to become contributing members of the Navajo Nation. Located on the beautiful Dine college campus is the six story Hogan shaped Hatathli Museum and Art Gallery. The Hatathli Center features many Native American exhibits, as well as authentic Navajo arts and crafts.

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Dinosaur Tracks
Dinosaur TracksDinosaur Tracks, just west of Navajo Nation, is one of the most fun spots to visit in Navajoland. Not just because of the spectacle of seeing perfectly preserved footprints left clearly in the sandstone by a prehistoric creature some 200 million years ago, but also because of the colorful and engaging Navajos who sell arts and crafts (and sodas and snacks) just a few feet from the jurassic tracks.

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El Capitan
El Capitan El Capitan towers 1,500 feet in height and is located north of Kayenta. It has been said that El Capitan is also known as “Aghaa’la", which means, much wool. Legends have been told that the name “much wool” refers to the custom of scraping deer hides on the coarse basalt that eventually piled up the wool along the sides. El Capitan is of ceremonial importance to the Navajos.

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Elephant Feet
Elephant Feet Plenty of vehicles stop on the side of the road near the pair of lonely sandstone towers jutting out from the flatlands east of Navajo Nation. To everyone who sees these formations, they look exactly like their name: Elephant Feet. There is no visitor center, but that's part of the beauty of these pachyderm formations — you can walk right up and touch the "toes" of these rocks. (Photo hint: give the camera to a friend, stand between the "feet," and tell your friend to frame the shot so that it cuts off the top of the rock formations. This way it looks like you really are at the feet of a giant elephant!)

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Four Corners Navajo Tribal Park
Four Corners Navajo Tribal Park Your visit to Navajoland would not be complete without a stop at the Four Corners Monument. This is the only site in the country where the corners of four states — Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah — come together. Four Corners Navajo Tribal Park has a visitor center, a demonstration center, Navajo arts and crafts booths, picnic tables and portable restrooms. For more info, call 928-871-6647 or write to P.O. Box 9000, Window Rock, AZ 86515.

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Grand Canyon
Grand CanyonVisit and explore one of nature’s greatest wonders! The Grand Canyon is more than one mile deep and between four and eighteen miles wide. Within the Canyon, the Colorado River drops 2,215 feet while being channeled into ever-narrower paths. With more than a dozen geologic layers visible at the Grand Canyon, you are sure to be amazed. Grand Canyon National Park is a World Heritage Site.

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Grand Falls
Grand Falls Grand Falls, located northeast of Flagstaff is a spectacular site to see! The Grand Falls are said to be larger than the Niagara Falls when flowing. When exploring the Grand Falls you will see old lava flows and contrasting sandstone.

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Historic Tuba City Trading Post
Historic Navajo Nation Trading PostThe Navajo Nation Trading Post has been a part of the Indian Country landscape since 1870. It is located in the heart of the Navajo Nation, Navajo Nation, Arizona. The Trading Post has been restored to capture much of its original character, and remains a working trading post today serving much of the local Navajo community. Visitors will find authentic Indian arts & crafts, Indian jewelry, pottery, sandpaintings, kachina dolls, rugs, and clothing. The selection and quality merchandise will satisfy not only the serious collector, but the casual souvenir hunter and everyone in between.

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Hopi Cultural Center
Hopi Cultural Center Visit the Hopi Cultural Center and Museum located in Second Mesa, Arizona. The Cultural Center contains Hopi arts and crafts, historic pottery, weavings, woodcarvings, and silver. There is also a delicious restaurant located on site at the Cultural Center. Learn about the Hopi people, and trace their history as you visit the very informative museum.

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Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site
Hubbell Trading PostThe oldest continuously operated trading post in the United States, Hubbell Trading Post is an important thread in the fabric of Navajo history. Established in 1876, this mercantile and others founded by John Lorenzo Hubbell came to be the lifeline of supplies for Navajos looking to re-establish themselves following the "Long Walk" of 1864. It was also a place for Navajos to meet and socialize in the days before the advent of the automobile. Today, the trading post still sells groceries and dry goods, but it is also a National Historic Site, and features a bookstore, exhibits, rug-weaving demonstrations and picnic tables. Visitors can also take a self-guided tour of the grounds and a Ranger-guided tour of the original Hubbell home. Summer hours are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (5 p.m. closure in winter). For more info, call 928-755-3475, write to P.O. Box 150, Ganado, AZ 86505, or go to the Web site at "www.nps.gov/hutr".

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Kayenta Visitor's Center
Kayenta Visitor's Center The Kayenta Visitor’s Center, completed in 1995, houses an array of cultural resources in a traditional Hogan-shaped building. Complete travel information can be found at the 2,400-square-foot center, which also features a museum with exhibits of Navajo history and cultural artifacts. Native American arts & crafts demonstrations are done on the premises, and videotapes of the surrounding areas are available for viewing. The gift shop features fine quality Navajo arts, crafts, literature and music. When evening arrives, the outdoor amphitheatre often features native dancing and performances.

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Little Colorado River Gorge
Little Colorado River Gorge From a picnic ground and overlook, this Navajo Tribal Park offers visitors a fantastic view of the deep, narrow gorge of the Little Colorado River. The finely layered upper limestone cliffs contrast with the massive sandstone below, evidence of a shallow sea that existed in this desertscape some 250 million years ago. Navajo vendors from around the area regularly sell their arts and crafts here at prices far below most curio and gift shops.

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Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
Monument ValleyOne of the centerpieces of beauty on Navajoland — and one of the world's most recognized landscapes — is Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. Beautiful red sandstones push skyward from the vast expanse of desert floor, creating a striking set of formations that stand together against an umbrella of blue skies. This enchanting earthscape is so inspiring and magnificent that it is one of the most photographed sites in America — and has become synonymous with our vision of the great Southwest. For more information, call (435) 727-3353, or write to P.O. Box 360289, Monument Valley, UT 84536, or visit the Web site at www.navajonationparks.org. Park hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. from April through September (winter hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

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Navajo Bridge
Navajo Bridge The Navajo Bridge is the only bridge that allows you to cross the Colorado River for a stretch of 600 miles! The original bridge was built in 1929, however due to load limits the bridge was rebuilt. The 1929 Navajo Bridge remains a pedestrian bridge today.

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Navajo Museum Library & Visitor Center
Navajo Nation Museum & Library The modern Navajo Museum is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the rich and unique culture of the Navajo Nation. Native displays, a book and gift shop, snack bar, auditorium, outdoor amphitheater, information kiosk, library and on-site authentic Navajo hogan complete the center.

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Navajo Arts & Crafts Enterprise
Navajo Arts & Crafts Enterprise The Navajo Arts and Crafts Enterprise was established in 1941. With over 50 years of experience, the Navajo Arts and Crafts Enterprise offers the finest quality of products! Each item that you purchase from the Enterprise is guaranteed to be authentic and handcrafted. The Navajo Arts and Crafts Enterprise has four different locations in Navajoland. There is a location in Window Rock, Kayenta, Chinle, and Cameron. Take home a piece of Navajo tradition and history with you! (Note: Distance is to location in Window Rock, Arizona)

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Navajo Nation Council Chambers
Navajo Nation Council Chambers See the Navajo Nation government in action as the 88 Council delegates (representing 110 Navajo Nation chapters, or communities) discuss critical issues and enact legislation to determine the future of the Navajo people. Reorganized in 1991 to form a three-branch system (executive, legislative and judicial), the Navajos conduct what is considered to be the most sophisticated form of Indian government. While the Council is in session, you'll likely hear delegates carry on the tradition by speaking in Navajo, providing a perfect example of how the Navajo Nation retains its valuable cultural heritage while forging ahead with modern progress. When the Council is not in session, legislative work is done by 12 "standing committees" of the Council. Inside the circular Council Chambers, the walls are adorned with colorful murals that depict the history of the Navajo people and the Navajo way of life. For more information about tours, call 928-871-6417 or write to P.O. Box 1400, Window Rock, AZ 86515.

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Explore Navajo Interactive Museum
Navajo Nation Council Chambers Explore Navajo Interactive Museum approximates the journey Navajos take through life. Four monumental directional symbols divide the Museum into four quadrants.
Traveling clockwise, you will enter in the East and move to the South, West and North where in each quadrant you are introduced to the land, language, history, culture and ceremonial life of the Navajo.

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Window Rock Tribal Park and Veterans Memorial
Navajo Nation Council Chambers Explore Navajo Interactive The small park near the Navajo Nation Administration Center features the graceful redstone arch for which the capital is named. The Navajo Nation headquarters and other government offices were built in close proximity to this mystical rock formation. More recently, the Navajos have built a Veteran's Memorial at the base of Window Rock to honor the many Navajos who served in the U.S. military. Many Navajo soldiers are recognized in the annals of history for their role as Code Talkers, whereby they used the native language to create a code that was never broken by the enemy. Historians credit the Navajo Code Talkers for helping to win World War II. The park has many symbolic structures: a circular path outlining the four cardinal directions, 16 angled steel pillars with the names of war veterans, and a healing sanctuary that is used for reflection and solitude that features a fountain made of sandstone. Open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more info, call 928-871-6413 or write to P.O. Box 430, Window Rock, AZ 86515.

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Oljato Trading Post
Navajo Nation Council ChambersThe Oljato Trading Post was built in 1921 by Navajo leader, Hashkenijni. Today the Trading Post is considered the neighborhood store and hasn’t changed much in the past 77 years. Oljato trading Post is located in the northwestern part of the Navajo Nation, 14 miles west of Monument Valley. The Trading Post contains a museum where you can view vintage photographs, rug weaving supplies, and traditional clothing. Many customers and employees of the trading post still speak in the Navajo language, and still use their bartering skills. When visiting the Oljato Trading Post you will find groceries, Native American arts and crafts, and general merchandise.

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