Capital of the Navajo Nation, Window Rock is the largest territory in North America of a sovereign Native American nation. Window Rock is an essential destination for both Navajo governmental affairs and historically significant tourism.
Window Rock was formally named in 1936 as an homage to the large red sandstone arch that is present. The arch is used in the traditional Water Way Ceremony, where Navajo medicine men get water for the ceremony to pray for rain. Government offices were built near the arch due to its cultural significance.
Window Rock is home to the Navajo Nation governmental campus. The campus hosts the Navajo Nation Council, the Navajo Nation Supreme Court and the offices of the Navajo Nation President and Vice President.
Tourists are encouraged to visit the Navajo Nation Museum where they can explore Navajo relics and artifacts. The museum was specially designed in the Navajo hogan style. The neighbouring Navajo Nation Library also offers resources about the Navajo language and cultural ceremonies.
Visitors to the Navajo Nation Zoological and Botanical Park will be captivated by the zoo’s many animal residents and botanical collections. Bear, elk and wolves are only a few of the animals that roam through the park.
A jet charter airport in Window Rock allows easy access to the town from Phoenix, Tucson or Albuquerque. Less than a mile from the New Mexico border, Window Rock is found in eastern Arizona’s red sandstone environment.