Inaugural Little Colorado River Gorge Half Marathon & 10K on 2/6

CAMERON, AZWelcome to the Little Colorado River Gorge Half Marathon & 10K will be held this Saturday 2/6/16. The course runs along and above the rim. See course map below.

REGISTRATION – Online registration for the LCR Half Marathon and 10K is now open through Thursday, 2/4 at : There will be on-site registration at the start line at the LCR Tribal Park.

– The LCR Navajo Tribal Park is located 9.5 miles west of Cameron, Arizona on Hwy 64. There is ample parking at the Tribal Park, which includes dramatic overlooks and arts & crafts vendors. There are permanent pit toilets at the Tribal Park.

– Our host hotel is Cameron Trading Post, which is offering $69/night rooms. Contact Bernetta Jensen at 928.679.2231 for details and to confirm a room.

– Packet pick-up will be available between 8:00-10:00 at the Start Line at LCR Navajo Tribal Park on Saturday morning from 8:00-10:00 a.m. All races begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday.

– There will not be a baggage drop, as race parking is at the start/finish line area.

– Winter weather in the Cameron/LCR area can vary from wintry to mild. The average high is 58, while the average February low is 27  (Check -Cameron, Az)

– The half marathon course begins and ends at the LCR Navajo Tribal. The half marathon course will begin with a short loop within the Park out to the rim and onto a local route that heads over 6½ miles up to the upper overlook along rugged dirt roads, double-track and trails. The 10K course begins with the opening .45 mile loop in the Park at the start before heading out to old roadbed for a 5.45 mile out-and-back run before returning to the Park for the final .2 mile. (Course is subject to minor adjustments.)

– There are overall and age-group awards in both the half marathon and 10K. Age-groups winners receive awards in the following half marathon and 10K categories: 12-17; 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60+. All half marathon finishers receive a unique LCR finishers medal. The LCR Half Marathon and 10K and the Navajo Parks Race Series are organized by the Navajo Nation-based nonprofit organization Y.E.S. for Dine’ Bikeyah (NavajoYES), with major support from Navajo Parks &Recreation, Office of Navajo President & Vice President, Navajo United Way, Division of Natural Resources and GU Energy.

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LCR Navajo Race Series course map
Tom: 928.429.0345
Jim: 608.201.8175



Embrace Mother Nature to Get Fit



January 12, 2016

WINDOW ROCK, AZ. – Embrace Mother Nature.

That’s how Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye wants everyone to begin their new year.

‘God has blessed the Navajo Nation with one of the most beautiful scenic places in the world,” Begaye stated. “Mother Nature has carved out magnificent rock formations within our four sacred mountains so we need to go outside and enjoy our great outdoors.”

The Navajo Nation is working collaboratively with to launch a series of running events and other outdoor recreation activities throughout the Navajo Nation this year.

“If you take care of your bodies, you will live a long life,” Begaye noted. “You don’t have to run, you can also walk. There’s nothing like enjoying our great outdoors with your family and friends. I am strongly encouraging the Navajo people to live a healthy lifestyle, which begins with exercising. This in turn will help you have a healthy mind and spirit.”

Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez who once weighed more than 300 pounds has made an about face and is walking the talk – he began running in the year 2012 and is a new man so to speak. He said it was a comment from a Navajo youth who inspired him to re-evaluate himself and begin practicing what he preaches.

“I use to hate running, but now, I enjoy running,” Nez commented.

Today, Nez has run several half marathons, marathons and even a first-ever 50-mile marathon at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park in early 2015.

Echoing Begaye’s comments, Nez said, “President Begaye and I are promoting healthy living and tourism on the Navajo Nation. We have many visitors who come to our tribal parks, but we don’t have that many Navajo people visiting our parks. We want to show the younger generation that we have beautiful parks in their own backyard. We are working to develop events in places that most people can’t normally see. We are committed to good health.”

Nez is working with Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation, CEO Tom Riggenbach, the Navajo Nation Division of Health and other entities throughout the Navajo Nation to plan and develop new outdoor recreation activities not only for the Navajo people, but for visitors.

“My motto is to never leave anyone behind,” Nez explained. “I always encourage runners that they can do it…that’s what we do as runners. And that’s what I want to do today. President Begay and I want to encourage the Navajo people to begin steps to living healthy.”

As a result of their collaborated efforts, a Navajo Nation Park Race Series was developed, which included three running events last year. In the year 2106, it will begin with a marathon, half marathon and kids run at Little Colorado River Gorge on February 6th. The adventure begins at 10 a.m.

Other 2016 scheduled events include the Shiprock Marathon on May 6-7th; Navajo Code Talker 29K on August 14th; Asaayi Mountain Run on September 10th; Four Corners Marathon on October 6-10th; Rainbow Bridge Trail Ultra on November 19th and Monument Valley Marathon on December 12th.

Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation Department Manager Martin L. Begaye said, “We are very excited to launch and promote a series of new events and activities on the Navajo Nation, which are geared toward the Navajo people and guests who visit our tribal parks. The events that were held last year were very successful. We look forward to an even better year in the year 2016. I want to commend all the people who work diligently behind the scenes to make these events come into fruition.”

Nez encouraged the Navajo people to reframe their resolution and reinvest in themselves. He said his new plan for the year 2016 also includes the development of a new Navajo Nation Wellness Policy that will allow tribal employees to exercise during their workday.

“Tribal employees will no longer only have to exercise during their lunch hour. We want to develop new venues to live a healthy lifestyle because we want a healthy and strong nation. Studies show that exercise relieves stress and it will cut health care costs of the Navajo Nation,” Nez explained. CEO Tom Riggenbach said the year 2015 was an empowering journey not only for the runners, but for all the people who worked tirelessly to endure the changing climate and terrain.

Riggenbach who is also an avid runner noted, “Part of the Navajo Park Race Series was built on a great Navajo running tradition. We wanted to develop a health challenge, which is a positive way to address this issue. The Navajo Nation has some of the most beautiful lands in the world. It is truly a magically place, which is why we had so many runners from Europe at our Monument Valley Marathon last year. ”

He explained that at Little Colorado Gorge, intrepid globe trotters and locals will have an opportunity to view and experience 2,000 vertical feet into the canyon then run into a peaceful course of old and new trails.

For more information about how to register for the Little Colorado Gorge Event and other events, contact or contact Tom Riggenbach at (928) 429-0345.

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No Admission Fee at Navajo Tribal Parks on Martin Luther King Holiday

WINDOW ROCK, AZ. – Mark your calendar to visit a Navajo Tribal Park on Monday, January 18th because admission will be free.

Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation Department Manager Martin L. Begaye, stated, “In concert with the National Park Service, our Navajo tribal parks will be open on Monday, January 18th during Martin Luther King Jr. Day and we will not charge for admission. This will be a great opportunity for everyone to enjoy their holiday by exploring our beautiful tribal parks.”

The Navajo tribal parks include Little Colorado River Navajo Tribal Park, Lake Powell Navajo Tribal Park, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Window Rock Navajo Tribal Park, Camp Asaayi and Four Corners Monument.

For more information, please contact the Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation Department at (928) 871-6647.

Navajo Parks and Recreation Promoting Health and Fitness

Press Release from : October 22, 2015

WINDOW ROCK, AZ. –A haven of unparalleled beauty. Words that describe the land of the Navajo people.

For as long as most people can remember, Navajoland has been a mecca for tourists and the film industry. Awe -inspiring scenery, towering rock formations and yawning canyon walls….this is what attracts millions of tourists from throughout the world.

“We are very pleased that visitors are captivated by our magnificent scenery, but the true beauty of the Navajo Nation is our people,” stated Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation Department Manager Martin L. Begaye. “Our mission is to protect and preserve our natural resources for future generations. We are doing this for the benefit of the Navajo people and for the guests who visit our land.”

Tourism studies have revealed that the primary reason tourists travel to Navajoland is to see the scenery. Additionally, more than half of the people who visit the Navajo Nation return for a second visit.

In fact, visitation at all of the tribal parks increased tremendously during the summer of 2015. Begaye attributes this to increased marketing efforts throughout the years.

“Because of the vastness of our land, many tourists are not able to stop at all of our tribal parks on their first visit. Many tourists often return to see the rest of our parks,” Begaye explained. “We are grateful that our guests enjoy their vacation to the Navajo Nation and come back. However, we want them to know that we have more to offer than scenery. We have many Navajo cultural events, a myriad of outdoor recreation and year – round events and activities that they can experience.

”With a trend to live healthier lifestyles, Begaye said the Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation Department created a series of year – round running events that will be held at its tribal parks. The first event was held in Window Rock in September.

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye, said “Navajo Vice President Jonathan Nez and I are both strong supporters of living healthy. Not only is running a great way to exercise your body, but it is also an excellent way to exercise your mind and spirit. We hope this partnership between the Navajo Nation and NavajoYes will mark the beginning of coveted events that you will want to experience. I commend all of the entities who are working together to make these events enjoyable and successful, but most importantly, as a venue to keep us strong and healthy. We need healthy minds and bodies who can lead the Navajo Nation into the next generation.”

Echoing President Begaye, Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez,stated,“As an avid runner, I am extremely excited about these upcoming running events on the Navajo Nation. I enjoy running with my people and guests who visit our reservation. It’s good to hear stories from the people when I run with them. They have stories of overcoming health issues or struggles. It’s empowering. People say I’m encouraging, but I find them encouraging.”

Begaye added, “The Navajo Nation is the ideal place to get fit while enjoying our beautiful land. No where else in the world will you be able to cross four states in one marathon or run near beautiful rock formations that echo the rich history of the Navajo people. Running has always been part of our Navajo tradition. We are therefore, opening our doorway so to speak to – people who want to experience the embracing culture of the Navajo people. We are partnering with various entities to promote healthy living. We invite everyone to experience what we have to offer.”

Begaye said the Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation Department is collaborating with NavajoYes, which is a non-profit organization that promotes community wellness, lifelong fitness and youth empowerment on the Navajo reservation and the Navajo Nation Division of Health.

NavajoYes CEO Tom Riggenbach stated, “NavajoYes has been an advocate for community wellness and lifelong fitness on the Navajo Nation for over 20 years. We are very excited by the opportunity to work with Navajo Parks and Recreation, the Navajo Division of Health and the Office of the President and Vice President to promote these common goals through the Navajo Parks Race Series.”

The Navajo Parks Race Series includes two remaining races in 2015, which are Asaayi Mountain Run on November 14th and Monument Valley Marathon at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park on December 12th. The races in 2016 include Little Colorado River Gorge on February 6th; Shiprock Marathon on May 6-7th; Asaayi Mountain Run on August 13th; Navajo Code Talker 29K on September 11th; Four Corners Marathon on October 7- 10; Rainbow Bridge Trail Ultra on November 19th and Monument Valley Marathon on December 10th.

For information about Navajo Parks Race Series registration or entry fees, contact Tom Riggenbach at (928) 429-0345 or

Visitors can also contact the Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation Department at (928) 871-6647 for information about Navajo cultural events and other events and activities.


LCR Half Marathon COURSE – The half marathon course begins and ends at the LCR Navajo Tribal Park.  The half marathon course begins with a .45 mile loop within the Park out to the rim and out to highway 64.  This section includes 5.3 miles on the highway and old highway roadbed to the upper overlook of the Park, where runners will enjoy a dramatic .95 mile trail loop along the rim.  The course then heads onto the old roadbed above the highway for 1.1 miles, offering dramatic vistas of the LCR region before rejoining the highway for 5.2 paved miles back to the Park, where .2 miles gets you back to the finish line.

LCR 10K course begins with the opening .45 mile loop in the Park at the start before heading out to Hwy 64 for a 5.45 mile out-and-back run along 64 and the old highway roadbed before returning to the Park for the final .2 mile.

LOCATION – The LCR Navajo Tribal Park is located 9.5 miles west of Cameron, Arizona on Hwy 64.  There is ample parking at the Park, which includes dramatic overlooks and arts & crafts vendors.  There are permanent pit toilets at the Park. Event registration includes long-sleeve tech shirts, race poster, age-group awards and pre-race, on-course and finish line food,  Camping is available.



6th Annual Monument Valley Balloon Event

Monument Valley Balloon Event
Monument Valley Balloon Event from Dec. 11- 13, 2015

FRIDAY – DEC. 11, 2015
MORNING LAUNCH: Shuttles will be provided @7:00am at Park office
6:30 a.m.    Pilot Briefing @ Monument Valley Visitor Center
Morning Launch – Weather Permitting

NIGHT GLOW at Kayenta, Az.
5:00 p.m.    Pilot Briefing @ Monument Valley Welcome Center Parking Lot
Night Glow at Vendor Village, Kayenta, AZ

SATURDAY, DEC. 12, 2015
MORNING LAUNCH: Shuttles will be provided @7:00am at Park office
6:30 a.m.    Pilot Briefing @ Monument Valley Visitor Center
Morning Launch – Weather Permitting

Marathon @10am – Start Line on Saturday morning from 8:00a.m.-10:00 a.m. Race begins at 10am.
Race Series call Tom: 928.429.0345 or
Jim: 608.201.8175

ENTERTAINMENT (Located at event tent near NPRD Office Parking Lot)
11:00 a.m.    Opening Statement – Lee Cly
MC – James Bilagody
11:15 a.m.    Razor Saltboy, Navajo Musician
12:00 p.m.    Sage Bond
12:45 p.m.    Lunch
1:30 p.m.    James Bilagody
2:15 p.m.    Todi Neesh Zhee Singers
3:00 p.m.    Joe Tohonnie and the Apache Crown Dancers
4:00 p.m.    Close with one (1) Social Round Dance

NIGHT GLOW @5pm at Welcome Center
5:00 p.m.    Pilot Briefing @ Monument Valley Welcome Center Parking Lot
Night Glow at MV Welcome Center

SUNDAY – DEC. 13, 2015
MORNING LAUNCH: Shuttles will be provided @7:00am at Park office
6:30 a.m.    Pilot Briefing @ Monument Valley Visitor Center
Morning Launch – Weather Permitting

Navajo Nation – A Haven for Year-Round Adventure


Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez was a proud participant in the First Annual Camp Asaayi Trail Run on November 14, 2015.  He encourages everyone to participate in other upcoming marathons at all of the Navajo Tribal Parks.

MONUMENT VALLEY, UT – 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 event.”

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 and Recreation 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.

Annual Monument Valley Balloon Event

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

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

Download Press Release: Monument Valley Marathon – December 2015

Serenading Our Sacred Animals

WINDOW ROCK, AZ – “Serenading Our Sacred Animals.” That’s the name of an upcoming Navajo culture presentation at the Navajo Nation Museum and Navajo Nation Zoo on Saturday, November 21, 2015 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The public is invited to this free presentation. Anderson Hoskie, presenter. See how animals play a significant role in Navajo culture. Meet in the Navajo Nation Museum lobby area. For more information, call (928) 871-7941

Serenading our sacred animals

Art Contest sponsored by ARTSCO, Inc (due 12/4/15)

Contestants, PLEASE READ CAREFULLY: Download Art Contest Rules & Entry Form


1) Complete the Entry Form and submit with your artwork.

2) Contestants’ name and age MUST be written carefully on the back side of the artwork. This step is important, as your entry form and mailing envelope will be separated from your artwork.

3) Your Entry Form should NOT be attached to the artwork. No tape, no staples, no glue, no paper clips!

4) Mail-in entries will NOT be returned to the contestant: MONUMENT VALLEY BALLOON EVENT plans to display the artwork at the ARTSCO, Inc. establishment and will be used as a promotional item.

5) Give your artwork a creative title.

6) Note that Mail-in entries can be any size you wish, and created using any materials.

7) We strongly advise inserting a sturdy piece of cardboard into the package to keep it from getting bent. Write ‘DO NOT BEND’ on the outside of your package, front and back, with large writing.

Snail Mail your entry form and artwork to the following one of the two locations:

Monument Valley Trading Post (Attention: Latonna Atene)
PO Box 360457
Monument Valley, Utah 84536

Sacred Canyon Lodge
PO Box 548
Chinle, AZ 86503
(You can also drop off your artwork at this location)


1) Submitted artwork must be your original creation.

2) No tracing of others’ artwork.

3) The MONUMENT BALLOON EVENT Art Contest ends on December 4, 2015. All entries must be received no later than December 4, 2015.

4) Entries must be submitted using the guidelines stated

5) All contestants will be required to agree to the Art Contest Terms & Conditions in order to enter.

6) Art Theme – Native American Culture and Tradition

7) All contestants must register for this contest by entering their name, email, age, name of school and mailing address, and agreeing to the terms and conditions of the contest.

8) The Art Contest will be judged by a panel of judges appointed by ARTSCO, INC.

9) By entering this Contest, each contestant consents to the use of his/her name, and/or artwork in any merchandise, advertisements, educational materials or publicity carried out or produced by MONUMENT BALLOON EVENT and its advertising and promotional agencies without further notice or compensation. MONUMENT BALLOON EVENT may be publish or decline to publish, or use or decline to use, any submitted artwork at MONUMENT BALLOON EVENT sole discretion. In turn, the contestant still retains the rights to use and publish their artwork.
10) Prizes are as follows:

□ Grand Prize Art Contest Winner will receive $500

□ Sponsor’s Choice will receive $500

□ One Poster Winner will receive $500

□ 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place *Winners in each Grade Level: K – 12

  • lst Prize Art Contest will receive $100.
  • 2nd Prize Art Contest will receive $50.
  • 3ri Prize Art Contest will receive $25.
  • *Note: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prize will be awarded in each Grade Level: K-12


Monument Valley Contest winners will be announced December 11, 2015. Canyon de Chelly Contest winners will be announced December 11, 2015 and also will be acknowledged on the website. Winners will be awarded on December 12, 2015.

11) Selected winning pieces will become the property of ARTSCO, INC. and will not be returned.

12) Navajo Parks & Recreation Department and ARTSCO, INC. assumes no responsibility for lost, stolen, delayed, damaged, illegible, incomplete, postage-due, garbled or misdirected entries or entries that have been submitted through illicit means, or do not conform to or satisfy the Contest Rules or for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers, access providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any entry to be received or traffic congestion on the internet or at any website, or any combination thereof including any injury or damage to an entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from playing or downloading any material in the contest.

13) The personal data collected for this Contest will not be used for any other purposes unless entrants provide explicit permission as indicated on the entry form.

ARTSCO INC. collects your personal information for the purposes of registration, program evaluation and to keep you informed about The Contest.

14) Art Contest participants must comply with these rules, and will be deemed to have received and understood the rules if they participate in the Contest.

15) Visit to enter the MONUMENT BALLOON EVENT Art Contest, by printing the entry form and submitting your artwork.





Th Navajo Nation’s Veterans Memorial

Window Rock Navajo Tribal Park
Window Rock, AZ – It is more than just your ordinary “service person’s memorial” if you knew the story interlaced with is architectural design you would see that it is indeed something worthwhile to visit and an area every American should pay respect to. Its significance and story is one that can easily measure up to Washington D.C.’s Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, endearingly called “The Wall”.

This park is significant because it was designed and built by the Navajo, it is their “living” Veteran’s Memorial. The idea for the Memorial evolved from within a group of Native Vietnam Veterans, Navajo Code Talker’s, and culturally important, Navajo medicine men. After much deliberation the preliminary sketches and designs for the Memorial were drawn out. The park is in the shape of a medicine wheel. Which to many Native Americans including the Navajo is a primary representation of the four cardinal directions, the four sacred colors, the circle of life, and at the center – the eternal fire.

Design Consultant and Vietnam Veteran Virgil Gatewood worked closely with the Navajo Nation’s Design and Engineering Services in Window Rock, Arizona. The collaboration and coordination was vital in order to get every symbolic aspect of its architecture correct and true to its ultimate meaning and purpose. A major step in the developmental phase was to establish a specific location for the Memorial. Influentially from elderly Navajo medicine men (there is a common supposition about the natural rock formation, Window Rock) it was approved to reside where it is now.

A highlight of the memorial, a favorite that captures the awe of every visitor, are the 16 steel bayonets. The original designs featured glass panels atop and between each bayonet. Each glass pane was to have the name of soldier’s killed in action etched on the surfaces. The projected scenario, as a person walks beneath the pillars the sun light shines through the etched mirror imaged names, “The dead shield the living as they look skyward to forever, as the sun moves, so too do the names onto the earth, the land, then the stone”- author unknown-. As of now the Memorial is somewhat incomplete. Yet it can still resonate the sacredness it was meant to.

The Veteran’s Memorial is an embattled warrior’s catharsis, to their families and loved ones as well, “The Gold Star Mother looks up to see her son’s name float heavenly, then the boy’s given name will be cast across the stretched hands of his mourner. Healing has begun”-author unknown-. Visitors can follow the circular path and feel the spiritual presence it has been consecrated to bestow upon her warriors both past, present and future.

NBC Today Returning to Navajo Nation- Seeking to Break World Record

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         October 28, 2015


WINDOW ROCK, AZ. – NBC Today Show will return to the Navajo Nation in an attempt to break a world record.

And the Navajo Nation hopes that millions of television viewers from throughout the U.S. will capture a glimpse of Navajo culture when NBC Today Show makes its second debut to Navajoland.

NBC Weatherman Al Roker of NBC Television will broadcast his live weather forecast from Four Corners Monument from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. local time on Monday, November 9th.

“We are very excited to return to the Navajo Nation,” said NBC Producer Karen Trosset. “Four Corners Monument was selected because Al Roker needs to do the weather in 50 states and Four Corners Monument allows him to do the weather in four states in the same spot.”

The segment is called Rokerthon is Back, which is one man, 50 states in one week.

Trosset continued, “Al Roker will attempt a Guinness World Record by attempting to report a weather forecast in all 50 states and the District of Columbia in record time.”

The Navajo Nation received world-wide publicity during an event called the Nik Wallenda Skywalk at Little Colorado River Gorge several years ago – NBC aired various stories about the Navajo Nation prior to the event. This will mark the second time NBC will produce a a live broadcast on the Navajo Nation.

Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation Department Manager Martin L. Begaye, stated, “We are working diligently behind the scenes to ensure that we provide a safe place for the NBC television production crew while they are here on the Navajo Nation. We are also very grateful that NBC selected Four Corners Monument as a place to televise Mr. Roker’s weather forecast. Four Corners Monument is the only place in the country where visitors can stand in four states simultaneously. We look forward to sharing the Navajo culture with the world.”

Due to limited space, the public is encouraged to arrive early. For more information, contact Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation Department at (928) 871-6647.


Al Roker to broadcast from Four Corners Monument

Traveling Directions to Four Corners Monument

Four Corners Monument is 6 miles north of Teec Nos Pos, Az.
(print Map Below)

four corners map