Wupatki National Monument in Flagstaff, Arizona

American Indian

Long before Arizona became a state, people were drawn to the area’s beautiful weather and stunning vistas. Tracing back at least 12,000 years ago, the first American Indians found this rugged region and decided to make roots. Currently, 22 distinct tribes – each with their own unique history and customs – dwell within Arizona’s borders. You can see the influence these tribes have had on our local history while visiting the ancient American Indian ruins around the state or at a history museum to hear stories from the first people to call Arizona home.

 

Enhance Your Visit to Tribal Lands

While most Arizona reservations and tribal communities welcome visitors to experience their culture, tourism opportunities vary among the tribes. Some, like the Navajo Nation and the White Mountain Apache Tribe, support a wide range of tourism experiences. Others limit tourism to inviting visitors to patronize their casinos.

Before you go, remember the following:

  • Each reservation operates under its own government and its own rules for visitors

  • Sacred areas and graveyards are restricted areas and are not open to the public

  • Alcohol is not tolerated except in designated areas such as casinos

Visit the Travel Tips page for additional information.

Information on purchasing authentic arts and crafts is available from the IIndian Arts and Craft Board and the Indian Arts and Crafts Association.

Find your next adventure

Zuni Pueblo

While the majority of the Zuni Pueblo is located in New Mexico, the tribe does have a small land holding in the southern portion of Arizona's Apache County.

1203 B State Hwy. 53
Zuni, NM 87327

Navajo Nation

Navajo Nation lands extend into the states of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. Navajo Nation operates on Daylight Savings Time from April to October. The rest of Arizona does not observe Daylight Savings Time.

PO Box 9000
Window Rock, AZ 86515

Explore Navajo Interactive Museum

Explore Navajo Interactive Museum is an extraordinary look at Navajo people, its society, its accomplishments and its historic contributions.

10 N. Main St.
Tuba City, AZ 86045

Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area

2133 Cushing Street
Sierra Vista, AZ 85616

Hopi Cultural Center

The Hopi Cultural Center includes a small gallery museum, restaurant and an inn. Each mesa is distinctive and unique and is known for special art and craft.

PO Box 67
Second Mesa, Arizona 86043

Hualapai Tribe

The Hualapai Reservation area offers hunting, fishing, hiking and camping facilities. The hunting expeditions are world renown. Access into the Grand Canyon by car and tours to the western rim of the Grand Canyon and rivers rafting on the Colorado Rive

P.O. Box 179
Peach Springs, AZ 86434

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