Window Rock Navajo Tribal Park & Veteran’s Memorial

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Please wear a mask. An active mask mandate is in effect across the Navajo Nation for residents and visitors. 

This small park established sometime around 1936, features the graceful red sandstone arch for which the capital is named Tségháhoodzání (Window Rock). It is located just a few feet north of the Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice-President building, the Navajo Nation Council Chambers, and other administrative offices.

In 1936, the Navajo Nation headquarters and other government offices were built in close proximity to this arch, due to its history and cultural significance, paricularly with the Waterway Ceremony. In Navajo culture and history, there was once a water pond right below the arch opening on the ground, a Navajo medicine man would collect this water to use in the Waterway Ceremony. This location was one of four sacred water ponds. Although today, you likely won’t witness a ceremonial water collection while visiting. But nonetheless, the area should be respected and there is no climbing allowed onto the Window Rock arch or its surrounding sandstone formations.

A Veteran’s Memorial was established in 1995, this is also 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 Diné  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 memorial park has many symbolic structures: a statue of a Navajo Code Talker with his 32 pound radio (Westinghouse – Type CRI-43007 transmitter) on his back, a circular path outlining the four cardinal directions (East = White; South = Blue; West = Yellow and North = Black), 16 angled steel pillars with a sign filled with names of war veterans, a healing sanctuary that is used for reflection and solitude that features a fountain made of sandstone.

FREE Entry. Open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information contact:

Navajo Nation Parks & Recreation Dept.
P.O. Box 2520
Window Rock, AZ 86515

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Places Nearby

CHI’HOOTSO MARKETPLACE & FLEA MARKET

Located in the “downtown” area of Window Rock at the northwest intersection of Highway 264 and Indian Route 12. Drop by and hang out with some locals and out-of-towner’s! In this area, next to the Alon gas station, you can find an array of items – from Avon, tools, blankets, Navajo jewelry (traditional & contemporary), beadwork, Navajo foods (may we suggest checking out Scott’s Food Stand for frybread, Navajo Tacos, mutton dishes and wash it all down with Navajo tea?) – in the summer of 2018, even Hollywood actor & musician Jared Leto stopped by for a brief moment before he went onto Canyon De Chelly!

NAVAJO ZOO & BOTANICAL PARK 

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The only zoo and botanical park in the United States that is managed by a Indigenous tribe. This zoo has animals in the reptile, mammal, amphibian, insects, and birds classifications. During the month of May or June (depending on the zoo management), the zoo will have a celebration called ZooFest – and near Halloween, they hold another celebration called ZooBoo! Although the admission is FREE – donations at the front entrance are greatly appreciated and goes towards the zoo animals’ needs.

NAVAJO NATION MUSEUM & LIBRARY

Located next to the Navajo Zoo, the museum is a great location to soak in some Navajo culture and art. Start by browsing the museum portion upon enterting the building, walk to the left and you will see the entrace to the museum. The theme of the museum changes every so often, so be sure to drop by when you’re in town! The library portion is off to the north side of the building, there is where you will find books of sort – there is also a section of computers to use for an hour for research or small printing needs for résumés for job searching, etc.

DINÉ RESTURANT (INSIDE THE QUALITY INN)

Want to try the local cuisine in town? Stop by for the Navajo dishes and great service! There is also a small gift shop upon entering the building to the left, maybe purchase a small item or t-shirt! Also in this location is the Quality Inn, maybe make this spot the choice to stay overnight and enjoy breakfast in the morning with some blue corn mush and Navajo tea!

NAVAJO ARTS AND CRAFTS ENTERPRISE – WINDOW ROCK STORE

NAVAJO ARTS AND CRAFTS ENTERPRISE - WINDOW ROCK STORE

1/2 mile west of the Navajo Nation Zoo. Interested in looking at (and purchasing) some authentic Navajo jewerly or some Pendleton items while in Window Rock? This is one of 5 enterprise locations on the Navajo reservation. They’re sure to have something for you to purchase and take home.

Hotels Nearby

QUALITY INN & SUITES ReserveOnlineButton

48 West Highway 264, Window Rock, Arizona 86515
Check-In: 3pm  Check-Out: 11am
Direct Ph. (928) 871-4108

NAVAJOLAND INN – ST. MICHAELS ReserveOnlineButton

392 Highway 264, Saint Michaels, Arizona 86511
(3 miles west of Window Rock, Arizona)
Check-In: 3pm  Check-Out: 11am
Direct Ph. (928) 871-5690

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Upcoming Events:

Apr
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Crossing Between Worlds: Two Navajo Weddings – One Navajo Bride and Groom with Charles Winters @ ONLINE
Apr 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Crossing Between Worlds: Two Navajo Weddings – One Navajo Bride and Groom with Charles Winters
Saturday, April 10, 2021, 11:00 am – Arizona Time
Join Amerind for the free online lecture, Crossing Between Worlds: Two Navajo Weddings – One Navajo Bride and Groom with photographer Charles Winters. Winters will share the photographs he captured and discuss relationships he formed during a six-year project he undertook in the Canyon de Chelly community on the Navajo Nation.
Charles D. Winters, a photographer and cinematographer, photographed and taught photography at State University of New York in Oneonta, NY. His work has been exhibited widely most recently at the Amerind Museum and 3 books of his documentary photography have been published: “Too Wet to Plow: The Family Farm in Transition,” “The Catskills: Land in the Sky” and “Crossing Between Worlds: The Navajos of Canyon de Chelly.” Now retired, he lives in Bisbee, AZ.
This online program is free, but space is limited. To register visit: https://bit.ly/AmerindOnline041021
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Navajo Nation Sovereignty Day @ Navajo Nation Reservation
Apr 26 all-day

Navajo Sovereignty Day

Many people would be surprised to discover that the United States has many nations within its borders. One of those nations is the Navajo Nation, a sovereign tribe of indigenous people whose nation is located in the southwestern part of the country. Navajo Sovereignty Day, which is on the fourth Monday in April, celebrates the day the Navajo Nation gained its independence from the U.S. government. READ MORE

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