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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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...

John Wesley Powell Memorial Museum

An oversized yet accurate replica of the long boat used by John Wesley Powell on the Colorado River is on the front lawn of P...

Navajo Nation Museum

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

Major John Wesley Powell

It was 1869. Ten men in four boats were about to embark on a journey that would cover almost 1,000 miles through uncharted ca...