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Window Rock, Arizona

The Window Rock/Fort Defiance area is in the southeast corner of the Navajo Reservation, which covers portions of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. In the early 1930s, Commissioner of Indian Affairs, John Collier, declard that Tseghahodzani, "the rock with the hole in it," should be the center of administration for the Navajo Tribe. In 1966, the Bureau of Indian Affairs established an area office in Window Rock. Six miles north is Fort Defiance. Early Navajo settlers were attracted to Tsehotsoi, meaning "meadow between the rocks." In 1851, Colonel Edwin Sumner selected the site as a military outpost naming it Fort Defiance. It was headquarters for Colonel Kit Carson's 1863 Navajo Campaign.

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St. Michael Historical Museum

St. Michael Historical Museum is housed in an old mission listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It prov...

Navajo Nation Museum

The Navajo Nation Museum features exhibits on the history of the Navajo Nation, examples of Navajo handicrafts and artifacts ...

Rainbow Bridge National Monument

Rainbow Bridge is the world's largest natural bridge. The span has undoubtedly inspired people throughout time--from the neig...

Window Rock

The "Window Rock" itself, carved by centuries of wind, sand, and water, is 47 feet in diameter and is a major tourist attract...