Navajo Nation Outdoor Recreation

Navajo Nation Offers New Off-Season Outdoor Recreation

monument valley marathon

WINDOW ROCK, AZ. – Towering chestnut rock formations…crisp cool skies and soothing temperatures.
It’s a calming ambiance of Navajo that gives most visitors a sense of peace and a haven of solace. And there is certainly no shortage of stunning attractions and unparalleled scenery here in the heart of the great Southwest.
This is where traditional Navajo culture and echoes of history come to life. In fact, Navajo cultural treasures abound, which mystifies many a traveler.
Navajo tourism studies have revealed that a majority of Navajoland visitors come to the Navajo Nation to see its scenery and often return for a second visit. Visitors can enjoy an array of Navajo tribal parks, national parks, museums, tribal fairs, year-round Navajo cultural events, rodeos, hunting and fishing.
To add to the showcase of Navajo adventures, visitors can now add walking, hiking and running to their list. Within the past several months, the Navajo Nation has been working diligently with various partners to develop new venues and activities for outdoor recreation enthusiasts who specifically enjoy hiking and running.
The Navajo Nation has some of the finest and stellar outdoor hiking and running trails in the world for people who have a love for the outdoors.
Feel the warmth and feel the welcome. Marvel and embrace the timeless beauty of the Navajo people and relaxing atmosphere of Mother Nature.
So take serenity to a whole new level and mark your calendar to participate in two new outdoor events on the northern outskirts of the Navajo Nation. On Saturday, October 29th there will be an event called the Natisaan Trail Ultra, which is a 50-mile marathon that will begin from Navajo Mountain Chapter House to Rainbow Bridge and back.
On Saturday, November 19th, there will be a Monument Valley Marathon at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. The half marathon and full marathon begins at 10 a.m.
On December 8-11th, also a first-time event, there will be a four-state marathon called the Four Corners Quad Keyah Marathon Challenge. On four separate days, runners will run in Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and Colorado and end at Four Corners Monument. Thursday, December 8th will be Arizona, Friday is Utah, Saturday is Colorado and Sunday is New Mexico. For information about these hiking and running events, contact
The Navajo Nation is also home to a new hiking and running trail called the Navajo Nation Museum Trail in Window Rock, Arizona. The trail begins from the Navajo Nation Museum and heads north and ends at the Window Rock Navajo Tribal Veterans Memorial Park.

Central Navajo Fair Schedule

 Central Agency Navajo Fair and Rodeo

Chinle, Arizona


Navajo Rodeo-03

Events include the parade, carnival, pageants, pow wow, song & dance, baby contest, vendor village, charity run, horse race, hip hop/country dances, metal show, rave & rodeo.


Fair Grounds Admission:
$7 Adults
$5 Kids and Elders
5 and under free
Admission starts Friday and it gives you access to the Rodeo, PowWow, Song and Dance and the Carnival.

Monday, August 21, 2017
4:00 p.m. 2017 Baby Contest, Apache County

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
5:00 p.m. Lil Miss Central & Brave Pageant, Apache County

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
6.00 p.m. Miss Central Pre-Teen Pageant, Chinle Elementary School

Thursday, August 24, 2017
8:00 a.m. 2017 Central Agency Fair Youth Day, C.C.C.
1:00 p.m. Miss Central Teen Pageant, Apache County
6:00 p.m. Frazier Carnival Opens, Gorman’s Fairgrounds

Friday, August 25, 2017
9:00 a.m. Elder Fest, C.C.C.
11:00 a.m. Vendor Village, Gorman’s Fairgrounds
4:00 p.m. Miss Central Navajo Pageant, Mesa Elem. School
5:00 p.m. Opening Prayer/Gourd Dancing, Gorman’s Fairgrounds
6:00 p.m. Frazier Carnival, Gorman’s Fairgrounds
6:00 p.m. Song & Dance, Gorman’s Fairgrounds
6:00 p.m. All Women’s Rodeo, Gorman’s Fairgrounds
7:00 p.m. Pow-Wow Grand Entry, Gorman’s Fairgrounds

Saturday, August 26, 2017
6:00 a.m. Parade Line-up, Chinle Flea Market
9:00 a.m. Parade Begins, Hwy 191 North-South
8:00 a.m. Open Junior Rodeo, Gorman’s Fairgrounds
10:00 a.m. Vendor Village, Gorman’s Fairgrounds
10:00 AM Registration for Song & Dance,
CAF/Gorman’s Rodeo Grounds
3:00 PM Frazier Carnival opens
3:00 PM 2017-2018 Miss Central Navajo Coronation (Rodeo Arena)
CAF/Gorman’s Rodeo Grounds
5:00 PM Gourd Dancing – Pow Wow Arena
CAF/Gorman’s Rodeo Grounds
7:00 PM Open Show Rodeo 1st Performance
7:00 PM Pow-Wow Final Grand Entry
CAF/Gorman’s Rodeo Grounds

Sunday, August 27, 2017
8:00 a.m. Morning Slack – Rodeo (If necessary) Gorman’s Rodeo Grounds
10:00 a.m.Vendor Village Open, Gorman’s Rodeo Grounds
10:00 a.m. Song & Dance Grand Entry, Gorman’s Rodeo Grounds
2:00 p.m. Open Show Rodeo 2nd Performance, Gorman’s Rodeo Grounds
3:00 p.m. Frazier Carnival Opens, Gorman’s Rodeo Grounds

 Map to Location:


Navajo Nation Fair Parade

Saturday, September 10, 2016 

Navajo Nation Fair Parade

Parade will begin promptly at 8:00 A.M. (DST) Saturday, September 10, 2016.

Parade line up will commence at 5:00 A.M. near the NM/AZ state line at the Hill Top Christian Academy.


September 12, 2013 5:00 A.M. Line Up Begins
7:30 A.M. Final Line Up
8:00 A.M. Parade Begins
11:00 A.M. Parade Wrap UP
3:00 P.M. Parade Winner Recognition Awards (Food Pavilion Center Stage)

Parade categories:
Marching Band (i.e. Schools, Tribal, etc.)
Traditional (Tribal, Individual or Group Performance)
Royalty (Miss Navajo Nation, Powwow Princess, etc.)
Musical (Country, Western, Church, Dj’s, etc.)
Navajo Nation Tribal Division and Programs
Tribal Enterprises, Entities and Outside Organizations
Schools and Youth Programs
Veterans Organizations, ROTC, etc.
Political Entry (Campaign, Current & Former Politicians, etc.)

Flyers by Scott Tom Courtesy of Navajo Nation Fair Office – Special Events Section.

Navajo Nation Fair Parade


Navajo Nation Fair Events 2016 (Full List)

Navajo Nation Fair Parade

Navajo Nation Fair Events 2015

Open Indian Rodeo Navajo Nation Fair
Championship Bull Riding Navajo Nation Fair
Miss Navajo Nation Pageant 2015
Navajo Nation Fair Baby Contest 2015
Song & Dance Navajo Nation Fair
Pow Wow – Navajo Nation Fair
Wild Horse Race Navajo Nation Fair
Gourd Dance Navajo Nation Fair
Full Schedule of Events List


Josh Turner Concert Navajo Nation Fair

70th Annual Navajo Nation Fair – Concert

September 9, 2016

Josh Turner Concert? Navajo Nation Fair

Admission includes Concert, Wild Horse Race
and Open Indian Rodeo

Advance: $35 – Day of Show: $40

“Multi-platinum MCA Nashville recording artist Josh Turner, is one of country music’s most recognizable hit-makers. With a rich, deep voice and distinctive style, Turner has sold more than 12 million units, is a disciple of traditional country music and one of the youngest members of the Grand Ole Opry. From his 2003 Platinum-selling debut Long Black Train to his most recent 2012 Billboard No. 1 release Punching Bag, Turner has garnered multiple GRAMMY, CMA, and ACM nominations. Turner’s hits include “Your Man,” “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” “Firecracker,” “Would You Go with Me,” “All Over Me,” and “Time Is Love,” the most played country song of 2012.

Turner added author to his list of accomplishments. His first book, Man Stuff: Thoughts on Faith, Family and Fatherhood was released in 2014. The Hannah, S.C. native has been songwriting and performing since he was a young child, and in support of music education, created The Josh Turner Scholarship Fund to assist students interested in pursuing a future in arts and music. As a high school student, Turner had very little access to music education, therefore realizes first-hand the importance of arts education in schools.

For more information on Josh Turner, visit www.JoshTurn

Dean C. Jackson Memorial Rodeo Arena

Navajo Nation Fair Events 2016 (Full List)

70th Annual Navajo Nation Fair

Song & Dance Navajo Nation Fair

70th Annual Navajo Nation Fair – Contest Song and Dance

September 9 – 11, 2016

Navajo Song & Dance 1

Annie Wauneka Song & Dance Arena

Navajo Nation Fair - Contest Song and Dance

General Admission Only.
No Arena Admission.

More information and forms can be obtained at Fair Office in Gorman Hall at the Fairgrounds


Navajo Song & Dance 2


Youth Division|0-17 Year Olds


Adult Division|18?55 Year Olds

Senior Division|56 & Up

Navajo Song & Dance 3


Navajo Song & Dance 4

Navajo Nation Fair Events 2016 (Full List)

70th Annual Navajo Nation Fair



Annual Li’l Feathers Pow Wow.

Saturday, May 7, 2016
Grand Entry:12:00 noon and 6:00 pm

The month has come upon us again, for the Annual Li’l Feathers pow wow.  We are asking for anyone who would be interested to sponsor a dance category:  50.00, 40.00, 30.00 or all for 120.00.  We will be happy to write a receipt for the donation.

Thank you,
Curleen Pfeiffer
American Indian Ed./Title VII Coordinator
Granite School District

Annual Li’l Feathers Pow Wow.

Navajo Runner Wins National Champion

MUSKOGEE, OKLA. – March 18, 2016

Jackson Thomas, Navajo, of Naschitti, New Mexico, took top honors in the indoor mile at the 2016 NAIA National Indoor Track and Field Championships recently. In addition, Thomas has been named a 2016 NAIA Men’s Indoor Track & Field All-American.

Jackson Thomas, Navajo, of Naschitti, New Mexico

Thomas took the national title for the Indoor Track Mile with a time of 4 minutes, 16.31 seconds.

“It was a huge upset as he was ranked 7th going in,” said Coach Clay Mayes III. “It came down to the final lap, with the number one ranked guy leading it. Jackson pulled up in the final straight to pass him with 30 meters to go. Jackson passed him so quickly, that he wasn’t able to respond.”

For more information, contact Coach Mayes at

Bacone college


“Jackson Thomas gave Bacone its first-ever men’s individual championship with a win in the mile as he finished in 4:16.31, edging Daniel Garcia of Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) by 0.66 seconds.”

2016 NAIA Indoor National Championships – Finals Recap


22nd Annual Heritage Language Conference

San Juan School District

22nd Annual Heritage Language Conference

Monument Valley High School
Monument Valley, Utah

April 1, 2016

22nd Annual Heritage Language Conference

Conference Agenda

Conference Agenda

Monument Valley Marathon

2015 Monument Valley
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Saturday, December 12, 2015  beginning at 10 a.m

MONUMENT VALLEY – Winter time paradise.
When Mother Nature segues from summer to winter, it is a time for unparalleled
extravaganza for people who enjoy life on the mild side.

And for serious outdoor winter enthusiasts, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park is
definitely the place to be.
No matter what kind of blanket Mother Nature covers the valley of fiery red rock
formations here in December, Monument Navajo Tribal Park will ablaze with excitement.

Yawning canyon walls will awaken as runners from throughout the world will gather for
the very first time to participate in a marathon, half marathon and relay here on the northern outskirts of the Navajo Nation on Saturday, December 12th beginning at 10 a.m. Runners will be able to see one of the world’s finest natural master pieces as they immerse themselves in the
tranquil and rustic charm of Navajoland.

Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation Department Manager Martin L. Begaye, explained,
“We are very excited to bring a new event to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park in
December. We are very fortunate to attract many worldwide visitors to our parks between the
spring and fall months; however, it has always been a challenge to attract tourists to our parks
during the winter months.”

After months of planning with various different entities, Begaye said the Department is
pleased to announce running as a new venue for outdoor recreation enthusiasts.

“Many of our visitors enjoy taking photos of our tribal parks, but there are more and
more visitors who want to experience our parks by venturing in some sort of outdoor activity,”
Begaye stated. “We want to enrich their memories of the Navajo Nation and let them know that
we are a year-round tourism destination.”

The inaugural event will include a marathon, half marathon and relay. According to Tom
Riggenbach who is the CEO of and marathon organizer, the marathon and half
marathon will be competitive while the relay will be non-competitive and have few strict
guidelines. The course will be dirt road, which includes a 400-foot climb in the final couple of
miles of the race.

Riggenbach stated, “I know of many runners from afar who are willing to participate in
this place of timeless beauty. There is truly a sense of peace and calm when you run on the
Navajo Nation. There are many runners who are looking forward to this much anticipated

The marathon event was the brainchild of Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez who is
an avid runner and a strong advocate of living healthy.

“Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and I want our people to live long healthy lives
and one way of achieving that goal is through physical exercise such as running. Not only do we
want more visitors to embrace our unique Navajo culture and our land of enchantment, but we
also want our own Navajo people to visit our tribal parks. The marathons provide a great
opportunity for the Navajo people and our visitors to see our beautiful parks.”

Avid runners Nez and Riggenbach both echoed that many runners serve as an inspiration
to others and every runner is a winner.
The coveted event is a collaborated effort between the Navajo Nation Parks andRecreation Department, the Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President, the Navajo Nation Division of Health, and, which is an entity that promotes healthy living for the youth.

The Annual Monument Valley December event will also include hot air balloons that will
grace the crisp blue skies on December 11-13

The balloon launches will be held from 7 a.m. to
9 a.m. with evening glows at the Monument Valley Welcome Center on December 11 and in Kayenta on December 12th.

For more information about how to register for the marathon, contact Riggenbach at or He can also be reached at (928) 429-0345.

To Register click Here

Individuals who want to obtain information about the hot air balloon event can contact
the Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation Department at (928) 871-6647 or via their website at

Navajo Nation Division of Natural Resources Administration P.O. Box 9000 Window Rock, Arizona 86515 (928) 871-6592 & 6593


Mini Miss Western Navajo Pageant


October, 10 2016
6:00 PM DST

Greyhills Academy High School Auditorium
Tuba City, Arizona
Ages 6 to 9

  1. Eligibility Requirements
  2. Enrolled member of Navajo Nation with CBI
  3. Contestants must be between 6 and 9 to qualify for Mini Miss Western Navajo.
  4. Contestants must have a knowledge of Navajo culture and Tradition.
  5. Contestants must be enrolled or attending school within the Western Navajo Agency.
  6. Contestants can’t have held the title of Mini Miss Western Navajo or lil Miss Western Navajo

Applications available at Dine Y.O.U.T.H.
210 South Main Street Tuba City, Arizona
Phone: 928-283-3022
West of old community center

More Western Navajo Fair Information