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.
Hugging 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.
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.
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.
The 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.
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.
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.
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!)
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.
Visit 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.
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.
The 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.
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.
The 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 or go to the Web site at "www.nps.gov/hutr".
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.
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.
One 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 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.).
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.
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.
The 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.