The Navajo Nation Reservation is an extraordinary place as it spans over 25,000 miles and covers more than four states: New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, and Arizona. Come experience the breathtaking views of what Navajo National Parks have to offer.
Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation oversees all Navajo Tribal Parks on the Navajo Nation Reservation. Private lands make up the Navajo Nation, which means all non-Navajo travelers and visitors are expected to adhere to and adhere to regulations, policies, and laws communicated by the Navajo Nation Government. Their intention is to continue caring for Mother Earth, which the Navajo respects at all times. For more information on the rules and regulations, please click here.
“Protect, preserve and manage tribal parks, monuments and recreation areas for the perpetual enjoyment and benefit of the Navajo Nation”
-The mission of the Navajo Parks and Recreation Department
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
Monument Valley’s Navajo Tribal Park is one of the most majestic and most photographed. The park is made up of sandstone masterpieces ranging from a variety of heights, from 400 to 1,000 feet tall. Miles of mesas, mounds, windswept sand, shrubs and trees surround these magnificent rock pinnacles. All these elements make up the magnificent colors of the valley and are a unique sight to behold. You can see the panorama of world famous Merrick Butte and Mitten Butte from the visitor center. Sit back, relax, and take a guided jeep tour through all of the mystical formations on a cruise narrated by Navajo tourist operations. The visitor center offers Haskenneini restaurant serving American and Hakenni dishes, as well as a movie, snack and souvenir shop.
Lake Powell Navajo Tribal Park
Next stop is the Lake Powell Navajo Tribal Park where, long before, herds of antelope roamed freely in Antelope Canyon. This is where the canyon gets its English name. There are many unique spots including the Rainbow Bridge Trail, the Upper and Lower Waterholes to the East, and the Upper and Lower Canyons of Antelope. Cattle grazed in the winter in the canyon and the LeChee area. For many older Navajo, entering Antelope Canyon was a very surreal experience of the landscape. To be in the right frame of mind, to prepare for protection and respect, Navajo would take a moment and stop before making an entrance. It would allow them to be in tune with something bigger than themselves and to come away with an exhilarated sense of what Mother Nature has to offer. It was and is a sublime experience for the Navajo people. You have the option to take a guided tour and immerse yourself in the rich history of learning from Antelope Canyon tours in Lake Powell Navajo Tribal Park.
Canyon de Chelly – Tseyi Heritage Center
Tseyi ‘Dine’ Heritage Area – Cottonwood Campground (TDHA) is located near the entrance to Canyon de Chelly National Monument in Chinle, Arizona. Come and admire the breathtaking views and enjoy the rich history of the ancients who took their roots and flourished in these canyons by booking a guided tour. You will book with one of the local tour operators who will take you in my vehicle, on foot or on horseback. You also have the option of taking a self-guided tour of the north and south routes and view the canyon from the lookouts. Park your motorhome or pitch a tent to enjoy a quiet night under the stars with a barbecue and a picnic table available at each campsite. TDHA is managed by Navajo Parks and Recreation through a cooperative management agreement with the National Park Service. www.nps.gov
Camping: $ 14.00 per night (up to 7 people) on a first come, first served basis
Group camping: $ 50.00 per night (14-30 people) by reservation only
Day use / water / dump station: $ 5.00
Backcountry permits: (issued from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily)
- NPS Backcountry Permit: $ 2.00 per person, per visit (with licensed guide; Canyon de Chelly National Monument only)
- Navajo Nation Backcountry Permit: $ 12.00 per person per 24 hour period.
** Fees are subject to change.
The campsite is open year round (minimum pitches available from October to March)
- No showers
Office hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 7 days a week.
- Thanksgiving (November 25)
- Navajo Nation Family Day (November 26)
- Christmas Day (December 25)
- New Year’s Day (January 1)
Chinle, Arizona 86503
- 800 meters south of the Canyon de Chelly National Monument Visitor Center
- GPS coordinates: 39˚08’55 ”N 109˚32’22” W
928-674-2106 or email: [email protected]
Four Corners Monument Navajo Tribal Park
The only place where four states meet, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah, is where the Four Corners Monument Navajo Tribal Park is located. You can buy native artwork directly from the artisan in a new vendor market. There is no accommodation and services are limited as the monument is located in a lovely rural area. Please be prepared when you go to this location as there is no electricity or water at this particular location. The nearest gas station / market is located 30 miles from the monument.
- $ 5.00 per person, per day. Purchase can be made on arrival.
- Be prepared for long wait times and inclement weather.
- We do not accept passes for national parks.
- Credit card only!
Monument to the four corners closed
- We are closed during all major vacations as per the Navajo Nation.
- Thanksgiving (November 22)
- NN Family Day (November 23)
- Christmas Day (December 25)
- New Year’s Day (January 1)
Four Corners monument opening hours
- Monday to Sunday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. from October 1 to March 31
- Monday to Sunday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. from April 1 to April 30
- Monday to Sunday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. May 1 to May 23 (Thursday before Memorial Day)
- Monday to Sunday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. from May 24 to August 15
Little Colorado Gorge
Little Colorado River (LCR) is a very scenic sight and it is the entrance to the historic Grand Canyon that is amazing. There are rigged rocks and rough terrain is what the area has to offer the avid hiker. Little Colorado River (LCR) is a very scenic sight and it is the entrance to the historic Grand Canyon which is amazing. There are rigged rocks and rough terrain is what the area has to offer the avid hiker. Tell someone where you will be hiking, disconnect on your return, and please get a backcountry permit before you hike. For more information, you can visit the Navajo Park and Recreation Visitor Center located at the entrance to the canyon. Highway 89 and 64. It is located approximately 10 miles from the Navajo Parks and Recreation Visitor Center.
- Entrance fees to Overlook Park: $ 5.00 per person up to neglect only. We do not accept National Park Passes as we are a tribal park and subject to the laws of the Navajo Nation.
- Backcountry permits are issued upon request in areas of tribal parks where you will be hiking. $ 12.00 per person. Additional charges apply.
- Entrance fees to Little Colorado River Gorge are purchased on arrival. Wear your mask! Masks are mandatory in all areas of Navajo Tribal Park in accordance with the Navajo Nation Mandate.
- Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- All tribal parks are CLOSED: Thanksgiving Day (Nov 25), NN Family Day (Nov 26), the day of Christmas (December 25), and New Years Day (January 1st).
- * The Navajo Nation honors Daylight Saving Time, the DSTo Parks and Recreation Visitor Center.