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Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Arizona
Long before the Wild West. Before the Chinese Dynasty. And even before the extinction of saber-toothed cats and the mammoth. As far back as 12,000 years ago, the existence of Indian inhabitants and their culture were far underway in what, today, we affectionately call Arizona. Others showed up much later, about 2,000 years ago, yet centuries before even Spanish settlers set foot in the area. These early inhabitants began to settle into villages throughout the diverse regions of Arizona, giving formation to tribes such as the Ancestral Puebloans, Hohokam, Mogollon, and Patayan people.
The opportunities to visit tribal lands and experience their cultures differ among the different American Indian communities. While many tribes, like the Navajo Nation and White Mountain Apache, welcome visitors for a more robust experience, others limit involvement to their commercial interests.
For other useful recommendations and helpful hints about visiting tribal lands, visit our Travel Tips page.
You can learn a little more from the links below about what to do and buy when visiting Arizona’s American-Indian communities.