Article by AZ Daily Sun 3/10/17

County, tribe partner on tourist site improvements

Last year, three popular tourist sites on the Navajo Nation received new amenities thanks to a partnership between the tribal government and Coconino County. New ramadas, picnic tables and interpretive panels were installed at Grand Falls near Leupp, the Little Colorado River Navajo Tribal Park near Cameron and Antelope Canyon, in the Lake Powell Navajo Tribal Park.

Waterless restrooms also were built at the Grand Falls site.

Before, those areas had no such infrastructure, said Effie Yazzie, park manager for the Lake Powell Navajo Tribal Park.


Little Colorado River Gorge Navajo Race Series 2/11/17

CAMERON, AZ – On February 11, 2017, the Little Colorado River Gorge Tribal Park will be having its second Navajo Race Series at this location. For all runners who would like to run a 10K or Half Marathon along the scenic rim of the Little Colorado River, go to : to register for the race.

The LCR Half Marathon and 10K is a mid-winter trail run in one of the natural wonders in Dine’ Bikeyah. Race day entertainment features Talibah Begay and James & Ernie Comedy Show, plus a full post-race meal. Registration includes performance tee, race poster, light pre-race breakfast, professional timing, finisher’s medal for the half and age-group/overall awards. Race info email Tom at:

CANCELLED for Future Date:: Cameron Economic Strategic Implementation Process Report 1/20/17

This event has been cancelled until further notice.
CAMERON, AZ – The Dine Hozho and Navajo Parks & Recreation will be in Cameron, Arizona on January 20, 2017 seeking community Input on the Cameron Economic Strategic Implementation Process Report and the Navajo Nation Parks & Recreation Western General Management Plan. The community input and feedback is very important. We ask that everyone in these communities attend the meeting on Friday, January 20, 2017 at 9:00 am MST.
For more information please contact: Vanessa Vandever at or 928.209.6406
LCR Park Manager, Helen Webster 928-679-2303
Navajo Parks & Recreation 928-871-6647

Four Corners Keyah Marathon Series Dec.8-11th

FOUR CORNERS MONUMENT – Upcoming Four Corners Keyah Marathon Series will be from December 8 – 11, 2016. Register at until Dec. 6. Each day’s race will begin and end in the same distinct state, offering runners a chance to complete four marathons in four states in four days. #NavajoRaceSeries
See link for race information at:…/…/2016/10/4C_raceinfo.pdf

Race week schedule starts on Dec. 7 –



LOCATION: The Four Corners Quad Keyah (“Four Lands” in the Navajo language) will be staged at the Four Corners Monument near Teec Nos Pos, Arizona. The closest airports are Cortez, Colorado (CEZ), Durango, Colorado (DGO), Farmington, New Mexico (FMN) and Albuquerque, New Mexico (ABQ).
RACE SCHEDULE – A marathon and half marathon will be completed each day, Thursday through Sunday.

REGISTRATION – Online registration for the Marathon, Half Marathon and Relay is now open through Tuesday, December 6 at the NavajoYES website:    If there are still open slots, on-site will be held at the race site at Four Corners on race morning each day two hours prior to race time up to the start. Your registration includes a light pre-race breakfast each morning, on-course support (including energy gels, sweet and salty snacks and fresh fruit plus medical support), a ton of race swag, race poster and post-race food and entertainment. All proceeds benefit youth adventure and community wellness programs on the Navajo Nation.

COURSE – Each day’s race will begin and end in the same distinct state, offering runners a chance to complete four marathons in four states in four days. Thursday, December 8 will be Arizona; Friday is Utah; Saturday is Colorado; and Sunday is New Mexico. (All races are recognized by the 50 State Marathon Club.) Each day’s course will begin and end in the designated state, with loops of varying distance. Each loop will include a combination of dirt and pavement. The current routes are have been adjusted based on runner feedback and are
as follows:
    Arizona: 5.5 mile loop, run five times
    Utah: 1.0 mile loop, run 26 times
    Colorado: 3.0 mile loop, run 8 1⁄2 times
    New Mexico: 5.5 mile loop, run five times
The routes make up a variety of terrain and scenery, and should offer runners a variety of experiences. Routes may be adjusted due to weather conditions and other factors. The loop nature of the events will allow runners to have easy access to their personal kit and to course support – food, heated space, medical support, etc.

POST-RACE CELEBRATION – There will be post-race food each day in the main heated event tent at the Monument. The Office of Navajo President and Vice President will sponsor a celebratory meal, complete with traditional entertainment, at the 4C Monument on Sunday, December 11.

LODGING – Runners have two main options for lodging. The Beclabito Chapter House (just 15 minutes from the Monument) will be offering indoor camping for runners. We will provide cots and bedrolls available to the first runners to sign up; you should confirm availability or bring your own bedroll. All runners will have access to hot showers and restroom. If you prefer hotel/motel lodging, there are several options just a bit farther from the
Monument.    Ute Mountain Casino is the closest lodging to the 4C Monument, at about 30 minutes, while Cortez, Colorado (40 minutes) has a host of lodging and dining options. Farmington, New Mexico is just over an hour from the Monument and also has many lodging and dining choices. Local food vendors will be available each night at Beclabito Chapter House, selling a variety of fare. There is no organized transportation between the chapter house and the race site.

PACKET PICK-UP – Packet pick-up will be available beginning one hour before each race.
BAGGAGE DROP – There will be no baggage drop, as runners begin and end at the Monument, where ample runner parking will be available.
AWARDS – All finishers receive a unique finisher’s medal for each race, depicting the state they completed that day. Runners also receive various gear each day: t-shirt, beanie, sweatshirt, poster and fleece or jacket. A unique Navajo sandpainting award will be presented to all four-state finishers (both marathon and half marathons), to hold their four states’ medals. Each four-state finisher will also receive a special hand-painted Christmas ornament in honor of their completion of the Quad Keyah. There are not age-group and overall awards in the daily races.

The Quad Keyah Series and the Navajo Parks Race Series is organized by the Navajo Nation based nonprofit organization Y.E.S. for Dine’ Bikeyah (NavajoYES), with major support from Four Corners Monument, Navajo Parks & Recreation, Office of Navajo President & Vice President, Navajo United Way, Navajo Division of Natural Resources, the Navajo Rangers, Four Corners Orthodontics and Navajo Arts & Crafts.
Tom: 928.429.0345
Jim: 608.201.8175


Naa’tsis’aan Trail Ultra Photos

LAKE POWELL – Photos from Saturday, 10/29  the Natisaan Trail Ultra, a 50-mile marathon that began from Navajo Mountain Chapter House to Rainbow Bridge and back.

Sponsored by: Navajo Yes, Navajo Parks & Recreation, Office of the President and Vice President, Division of Natural Resources, Navajo Parks Race Series, Navajo Rangers and Navajo Mountain Chapter.

Naatsisaan Trail Ultra 2016

We would like to thank all the people who help in preparation and working this event. It was a beautiful day during the 50 mile run

Navajo Nation Offers New Off-Season Outdoor Recreation

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.