Travel to the Navajo Nation (Arizona) – Episode 383

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Hear about travel to the Navajo Nation as the Amateur Traveler talks to Mark Carrara from about his recent visit.

The Navajo Nation is a semi-autonomous Native American-governed territory the size of the state of Connecticut located mostly in Arizona. It can be described as desolate, majestic, barren and spacious.

You are going to need a car to visit this area. Mark starts us in Gallop, New Mexico but you could also start in Durango, Colorado, Page or Flagstaff, Arizona. Mark prefers starting in Gallop because of his love of shopping for Native American art. Gallop claims 80% of native art passes through Gallop. This is fine art, not trinkets made in China. If you can bear the heat of Summer they do an arts and crafts festival in August.

There are 3 major towns in the Navajo Nation. Ship Rock is the capital in the northeast corner. Window Rock is in the southwest corner near Gallop. Tuba City is in the center and is named for a Hopi chief rather than a brass instrument. Surrounded by the Navajo Nation near Tuba City is a Hopi reservation including towns on 3 mesas. Tuba City also hosts the Navajo Code Talkers Museum and the Explore Navajo Interactive Museum.

Any visit to the Navajo Nation must include a visit to the Antelope Canyon slot canyon. If you can’t take a good picture at Antelope canyon, sell your camera. The other quintessential views in the Navajo Nation are the mesas of Monument Valley made famous by John Ford westerns.

For its historic significance, Mark recommends a visit to the Navajo National Monument which has some Ancestral Pueblo (Anasazi) ruins. Also worth a visit is Canyon de Chelly National Monument which can be viewed via a variety of tours with native guides. But the ruins that Mark finds most impressive are found at Chaco Culture National Historical Park just over the New Mexico border.

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Show Notes

Mark’s Travels
Navajo Tourism
Gallup Tourism
Code Talkers
Navajo Museum
Interactive Museum in Tuba City
Chaco Canyon
Canyon de Chelly
Navajo Monument
Antelope Canyon
Monument Valley
Aztec Ruins
Crownpoint Rug Auction
Navajo radio station


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by Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast. He has been a travel creator since 2005 and has won awards including being named the "Best Independent Travel Journalist" by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

2 Responses to “Travel to the Navajo Nation (Arizona) – Episode 383”

Rob Gray


Thank you Chris for your excellent shows. I live on the south coast of England just outside the port of Southampton. My wife and I love to travel together now our children are getting older and are more independent. We both ‘did our time’ next to swimming pools of screaming kids and ques at Disney so now its time to see the world as a couple. Next Tuesday we set off for Phoenix via a (perhaps too) quick connection in Chicago so your show on the Navajo Nation could not have been more timely. We only have 48 hours in the area but have plans for just about every minute of it including ‘standing on the corner’ in Winslow.
Your podcasts make fantastic listening as I walk our dog across the Hampshire countryside so thank you for all the hard work that goes into them. Good luck in the future and happy traveling.

Rob Gray



Rob, so glad they have been helpful!

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