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PURCHASED BY JOHN LORENZO HUBBELL IN 1878, THE HUBBELL TRADING POST QUICKLY BECAME A CENTER OF ACTIVITY IN GANADO. IT WAS OWNED AND OPERATED BY THE HUBBELL FAMILY UNTIL IT WAS SOLD TO THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE IN 1967, BUT IS STILL ACTIVE AND OPEN FOR BUSINESS TO RESIDENTS AND VISITORS ALIKE.
The U.S. Government exiled the Navajo people in the Ganado area to Bosque Redondo in New Mexico in 1864, and they were allowed to return to their homeland following the Treaty of 1868. Once established, Hubbell’s trading post became the place to be; a gathering place for shopping and socializing.
Hubbell also had a strong interest in promoting excellent craftsmanship, especially for Navajo rugweaving and silversmithing. The success of the Hubbell Trading Post led Hubbell to expand, eventually creating a trading empire with freight lines and multiple trading posts.
Stop by the Trading Post and shop for groceries, dry goods and art, just as generations of Navajos have done. Check out the visitor center for interpretive exhibits on the history of the area and the Hubbell family.
Don’t miss the Hubbell Home tour for a glimpse at how this prominent family lived, and admire their extensive collection of Southwestern art and American Indian arts and crafts. Guided tours are available throughout the day and are limited to 15 people per tour.
Interested in sleeping under the stars? Camping is available at the Spider Rock Campground, 26 miles northeast of Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site. For more traditional accommodations, hotels are located about 30 miles east in Window Rock, AZ, or about 30 miles south in Chambers, AZ.
Hubbell Home Tour Fee:
Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site
PO Box 150
Ganado, AZ 86505