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American Indian Tribal Lands

Discover the rich history and culture of the native communities in Arizona.

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 made it their home. These early inhabitants settled into villages throughout the diverse regions of Arizona, giving formation to tribes such as the Ancestral Puebloans, Hohokam, Mogollon, and Patayan people. Today, native art, food and culture continue to be a major influence throughout the state. Here’s what to know if you’re planning a visit to Arizona’s tribal lands.

How Many American Indian Tribes Are In Arizona?

Currently, 22 sovereign American Indian communities—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.

Learn more about all of Arizona’s tribes.

American Indian baskets, corn, and pottery

Can You Visit American Indian Reservations in Arizona?

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.

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TRIBAL LANDS MAP

Find your way to and around American Indian tribal lands.

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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.
  • Protecting the integrity of Arizona’s tribal lands and iconic natural beauty is more important than ever. Follow these seven principles to leave no trace as you explore.

Information on purchasing authentic arts and crafts is available from the Indian Arts and Craft Board and the Indian Arts and Crafts Association. For specific information, contact the individual tribe(s) prior to your visit.

Download a map of Arizona’s American Indian Lands.

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Touring Tribal Lands in Arizona

From cultural etiquette to tour suggestions, here's everything you need to know about visiting the many tribal communities in Arizona.

Ak-Chin Indian Community

Experience the Ak-Chin Indian Community's native culture in this large farming community 50 miles south of Phoenix, Arizona.

Cocopah Indian Tribe

Experience the Cocopah Indian Tribe’s thriving culture along the Colorado river and Mexican border.

Colorado River Indian Tribes

Take a trip to experience the diverse community of the Colorado River Indian Tribes in Arizona.

Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation

The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation operates a top rated casino, We-Ko-Pa Resort and Golf Club, and the affordable Poco Diablo Resort in Sedona.

Fort Mojave Indian Tribe

Located along the Colorado River, the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe offers gaming, boating, fishing, and quick access to nearby Lake Havasu, Lake...

Fort Yuma-Quechan Tribe

Explore the Fort Yuma-Quechan Tribe's native culture along the beautiful Colorado River near Yuma, AZ.

Gila River Indian Community

Immerse yourself in the Gila River Indian Community, discover breathtaking artwork, and enjoy a day under the sun.

Havasupai Tribe

The Havasupai people live in Havasu Canyon. Visit the Havasupai Museum of Culture and enjoy the waterfalls of Havasu Canyon.

Hopi Tribe

The Hopi people are internationally known for their artistry and each mesa village specializes in a different craftsman discipline. Visit the...

Hualapai Tribe

Hualapai Tribe's Grand Canyon West offers unparalleled views of the Grand Canyon’s west rim from hiking and biking trails, river rafting, and...

Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians

The Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians lives in northern Arizona, near natural wonders such as the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, Glen Canyon, and Lake...

Navajo Nation

The Navajo Nation encompasses much of the Four Corners area, which includes the famous Monument Valley, Canyon de Chelly, and Antelope Canyon.

Pascua Yaqui Tribe

Explore the scenic lands and culture of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe near Tucson.

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

Located in the heart of Phoenix, experience the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community’s casino, golf, racecars, baseball, shopping,...

San Carlos Apache Tribe

The San Carlos Apache Tribe is a family friendly community that provides entertainment for everyone, from gambling and golf to fishing and...

San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe

Known for their hand-woven baskets, the San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe is close neighbors with the Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribe, which are...

Tohono O'odham Nation

Visit the Tohono O'odham Nation, featuring outdoor recreation and casinos, and learn about their culture in the lands they call home near Tucson...

Tonto Apache Tribe

With beautiful views of the Mazatzal Mountains and the Mogollon (MUG-ee'ahn) Rim in the White Mountains, you can enjoy camping, hunting and...

White Mountain Apache Tribe

Enjoy a year-round outdoor paradise on the White Mountain Apache Tribal Lands in Arizona. You’ll find hiking, snow sports, rafting, fishing, and...

Yavapai-Apache Nation

Nestled in the Verde Valley, the Yavapai-Apache Nation’s casino and hotel welcome visitors to an area filled with history, from Montezuma’s...

Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe

North of Phoenix, the Yavapai-Prescott Tribe's resort, casinos, business park, and shopping center means you'll have a fun and relaxing getaway...

Zuni Pueblo

The Zuni Pueblo is brimming with artists creating authentic works of art and where you will find genuine hospitality.