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Window Rock

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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]

Navajo Nation Council Chambers

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


  • 1 Navajo Nation Museum, Library, & Visitor's Center, Hwy 264 & Postal Loop Road., (1/4th mile west of Arizona/New Mexico State border. 26 miles from Gallup), +1 928-871-7941. Museum is open from 8AM-6PM (winter hours)/8AM-7PM (summer hours) Tuesday-Friday, 8AM-5PM Monday and Saturday. 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. Free to Public. Navajo Nation Museum (Q29075818) on Wikidata Navajo Nation Museum on Wikipedia
  • 2 Navajo Nation Zoo and Botanical Park, +1-928-871-6574. 10 am-4:30 pm Mon- Sat. The only zoo in the U.S. owned by a Native American tribe, the Navajo Zoo focuses on animals native to the reservation and the Southwest. Free. Navajo Nation Zoological and Botanical Park (Q5395439) on Wikidata Navajo Nation Zoological and Botanical Park on Wikipedia



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.


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

  • Cociana De Dominguez (Hwy 264, Rt 12, Suite 16), +1 928-810-3777.
  • Mikasa 2 (Navajo Nation Shopping Center, Hwy 264 and Rt 12). Sun-Thurs 10:30 AM- 9:00 PM; Fri-Sat. 10:30 AM- 10:00 PM. Chinese and other Asian cuisines.


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.


Go next[edit]

This city travel guide to Window Rock is a usable article. It has information on how to get there and on restaurants and hotels. An adventurous person could use this article, but please feel free to improve it by editing the page.