Help Wikitravel grow by contributing to an article! Learn how.
New users, please see Help or go to the Pub to ask questions.

Window Rock

From Wikitravel
Northern Arizona : Window Rock
Jump to: navigation, search

Window Rock (Navajo: Tségháhoodzání) is a small town in Apache County, in the state of Arizona in the United States of America. It is significant beyond its size as the administrative center of Navajo Nation, the country's largest Indian reservation and an important tourist destination.

Get in[edit]

Window Rock is just west of the New Mexico state line and is more easily reached by road from New Mexico than from Arizona. NM SR 264 leads from Gallup on Interstate highway 40 (following historic Route 66) to the town. The southwestern approach to the town is via US highway 191 from I-40.

Get around[edit]

It's a small town; just walk, bike or drive.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Navajo Nation Museum, Library, & Visitor's Center, Hwy 264 & Postal Loop Road., Window Rock, AZ. 86515 (1/4th mile west of Arizona/New Mexico State border. 26 miles from Gallup), 928-871-7941, [1]. 8am-7pm. The modern Navajo Nation 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 traditional Navajo hogan complete the center. The Museum is open from 8am-6pm (winter hours)/8am-7pm (summer hours) Tuesday-Friday, 8am-5pm Monday and Saturday. Free to Public.  edit


Do[edit][add listing]

Buy[edit][add listing]

See the Navajo Nation article for a discussion of Navajo rugs and other distinctive arts and crafts of the region. Navajo Arts and Crafts Enterprises is headquartered in Window Rock (SR 264 just east of the center of town) and may be worth a visit, not so much for buying goods as for learning about other places in the region for buying them.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Try out the local frybread stands, most near the downtown fleamarket.

  • Navajo Nation Museum, Library, & Visitor's Center, Hwy 264 & Postal Loop Rd. Window Rock, AZ. 86515 (1/4th mile west of Arizona/New Mexico state border, 26 miles from Gallup, NM), 928-871-7941, [2]. 8am-7pm. Free to Public.  edit


Drink[edit][add listing]

Alcoholic beverages are prohibited within Navajo Nation. If you simply must have a beer, Gallup, New Mexico is only a few miles away, but bar-hopping there may expose you to some hostility, owing to problems with alcoholism in Navajo Nation.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Lodging is limited, but try the Quality Inn Navajo Nation Capital, 48 W. Highway 264, 928-871-4108, and report on it here.

Get out[edit]

  • Window Rock is a good base camp from which to visit some of the Navajo Nation trading posts and look for Navajo rugs and other folk art. Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site, near Ganado, is a unit of the United States National Parks system, but is also a working post with a good collection of rugs and jewelry. Posts at Crystal (picturesque setting, quite different from the desert you might be expecting), Two Grey Hills (a particularly noted rug-weaving region), and Wide Ruin are also close.





This article is an outline and needs more content. It has a template, but there is not enough information present. Please plunge forward and help it grow!


Variants

Actions

Destination Docents

In other languages

other sites