Contact Us:

Navajo Tourism Department
P.O. Box 663
Window Rock, AZ 86515
United States of America

Phone: 928-810-8501
Fax: 928-810-8500

FAQ’s

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I know before taking pictures on the Navajo Nation?

Please be respectful when it comes to photography. Cameras are not always welcome, and you should secure permission before photographing, videotaping, sketching or audiotape recording any event. When you do take photos, keep in mind that a gratuity is always appreciated.

Powwows and dances are sometimes exhibited for the benefit of tourists in public forums.  However there are dances such as the Squaw Dance, Fire Dance and other dances are mostly held by Navajos for Navajos. Many of these events are of religious nature, and should be accorded the same deference as a church or prayer service, even if tribal members behave informally. Before attending an event or dance, confirm that visitors are welcome.

If you are planning to use the pictures you take for commercial purposes, please contact the Navajo Nation Film Office for the proper permits.

Permits for Commercial Filming and Photography:
Navajo Nation Film Office
P.O. Box 2310 Window Rock, AZ 86515
Phone: (928) 871-7351
Fax: (928) 871-7355

What are Navajo medicine-men and can I go and consult one?

​Navajo medicine men/women are bestowed with special powers to heal a person who may be sick due to various factors. Not all are open to assisting non-Navajos, however, there are a few.

Are permits or passports needed to enter the Navajo Nation?

No special permits are required for traveling on the reservation. However, permits are required for hunting, hiking, camping, boating and for commercial filming and photography.

Navajo User Permits
Permits for Hiking, Camping and Backcountry Use:
Navajo Parks & Recreation Department 
P.O. Box 1250 Window Rock, AZ 86515
Phone: (928) 871-6647
Fax: (928) 871-6637

Licenses for Hunting, Fishing, Trapping and Boating:
Navajo Fish & Wildlife 
P.O. Box 1480 Window Rock, AZ 86515
Phone: (928) 871-6451 or 6452
Fax: (928) 871-7069

Permits for Commercial Filming and Photography:
Navajo Nation Film Office
P.O. Box 2310 Window Rock, AZ 86515
Phone: (928) 871-7351
Fax: (928) 871-7355

Who can I contact about Navajo traditions and beliefs?

The Navajo Tourism Department is a good starting point. Another good resource is the Navajo Nation Historic Preservation Department at 928-871-7198 or Contact the Diné College at 1-(877)-988-3463 or www.dinecollege.edu

Are non-Navajos allowed to attend Navajo ceremonies?

It depends on the type of ceremony. Most ceremonies are held strictly for family members.

Where can I find traditional Navajo food?

Most restaurants on the Navajo Nation have a menu with local favorites such as Navajo Tacos and Mutton Stew. Also the local fleamarket in the major towns on the Navajo reservation, such as Window Rock, Chinle, Shiprock, Tuba City, Crownpoint, and Kayenta have food vendors that offer traditional Navajo cuisine.

Locations:

  • Window Rock, AZ – Chihootso Indian Marketplace – Choose from a variety of vendors which menus include mutton stew, corn stew, dumpling stew, squash stew, mutton ribs, mutton sandwiches, frybread, navajo tacos, navajo burgers, and much more. Located on the NW corner of Intersection Hwy. 264 and Navajo Route 12.
  • Window Rock, AZ – Diné Restaurant at Navajo Nation Quality Inn – Located on Highway 264 1/2 mile east of Route 12 intersection.
  • Kayenta, AZ – Intersection of Highway 160 & 163 – There are a few restaurants in this area with Navajo food.
  • Shiprock, NM – Shiprock Flea Market – Located at the intersection of Highway 491 and Highway 64.
  • Tuba City, AZ – Hogan Family Restaurant – Located next to the Quality Inn Hotel at the northwest corner of Monave and Main Street intersection, just behind the Tuba City Trading Post.

Where can I go to buy authentic Navajo Jewelry?

During your visit to the Navajo Nation, you may want to take home a piece of Navajo culture with you. Listed below are places on the Navajo Reservation where authentic Navajo arts and crafts are sold.

Locations:

  • Window Rock, AZ; Cameron, AZ; Chinle, AZ; Kayenta, AZ; Navajo Nat’l Mon., AZ; and Shiprock, NM – Navajo Arts and Crafts – The official marketing channel for the selling and distribution of authentic Navajo arts and crafts with 5 locations around the Navajo Nation. www.gonavajo.com
  • Local fleamarkets are also a great resource to find jewelry and talk directly with the silversmith!

Are there seasonal cultural events held on the Navajo Nation?

Yes. Please check our Calendar on this website.

Where can I purchase a Navajo Nation Flag?

You can contact the Navajo Nation Department of Property and Management Office at (928) 729-4000/4100

Where is the Navajo Falls located? 

Navajo Falls is located in the Grand Canyon – on another Arizona Native American tribes’ reservation – the Havasupai. The Navajo Falls got its name after a Supai chief, who was kidnapped by the Navajo tribe in his childhood and thereafter became known as “Navajo”. Although it carries the same name as the Navajo Nation, it is not located on the Navajo reservation. You can find more information about these falls at: http://theofficialhavasupaitribe.com/