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Navajo & Apache Communities

Mescalero Apache Reservation
PO Box 176
Mescalero, NM 88340
(505) 671-4494
Reservation Population: 3,619
Language: Apache

The Mescalero Apache actively promote tourism at their large reservation in southern New Mexico. Winter sports at Ski Apache, gaming at the five-star Inn of the Mountain Gods resort, fishing, camping, golf, and tennis are just a few of the recreational opportunities available at Mescalero. The major July Ceremonial is a four-day event open to the public at which young women participating in the tribal puberty ceremonies are honored.


Jicarilla Apache Reservation
PO Box 547
Dulce, NM 87528
(505) 759-3242
Reservation Population: 2,636
Language: Apache

 


The Navajo Nation
PO Box 308
Window Rock, AZ 86515
(520) 871-4941
Population: 157,716
Language: Navajo

The Navajo Nation reservation is the largest in the US, comprising 26,897 square miles in the states of New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah. Many major tourist attractions are located within or adjacent to the Navajo Nation, including Monument Valley, Canyon de Chelley, Shiprock, the Painted Desert, Glen Canyon, and the Grand Canyon. The Navajo are Athabascan speakers, closely related to the Apache and more distantly to other Athabascan-speaking peoples in Alaska and Canada. They are relative newcomers to the Southwest, having migrated into the region ca. AD 1400 or perhaps somewhat earlier. The Navajos are well known for their artistry in weaving and silver jewelry.

Tourism is encouraged in the Navajo Nation; more information is available from the Navajoland Tourism Department in Window Rock. Navajo Nation-owned hotels are located in Window Rock and Chinle, while more are planned for the future. Fine jewelry and textiles can be purchased throughout the Navajo Nation at trading posts and galleries.