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.




FCM 7/23- Chili cook off & more


Four Corners Monument Community Celebration on July 23, 2016 at 10:00am
Blue Corn Mush Contest
Chił Chin Contest
Salsa Contest
Chili Cook Off

Requirement: Individual must have a valid food handlers permit. Bring own food to prepare for contest. Bring own utensils to use (cutting board, knives, ladles, pots and grill/burner)

Prizes for each category

(NNPRD will not be liable for any injury due to accidents, theft, bodily injury and personal injury)


Monument Valley Community Celebration

Monument Valley – 6/24 Friday “Honoring our Ancestors & Culture Through Ké” at Welcome Center Monument Valley. Trail Ride at 6am. Concert $20 John Michael Montgomery 8pm-10pm at MVHS-UT Football Field. Call 435-727-5870 /5871

6:00am Trail Ride Train Rock Larry Holiday
Archery/Run Welcome Ctr Marlene Valentine
Zumba Welcome Ctr Dorothea Sullivan
9:00am Posting of Colors Oljato Veterans
Invocation Albert Holiday, Oljacto Vice President
Welcome Address Herman Daniels Jr, NOST Council Delegate
Office of the President and Vice President
Event Schedule Ward Tsingine, Com. Center Supervisor
9:30am-3pm Health Fair
Flea Market Dorothea Sullivan
Beach Volleyball Doreen Sullivan
Kids Activities Dorothea Sullivan
Educational Displays Navajo Nation Zoo
9:00am Black Creek
9:30am Jay Begaye
10:00am Apache Crown Dancers
10:30am Honey
11:00am Dineh Brand Music
11:30am Writtyn
12:00pm Martin Girls
Catered Luncheon
12:30pm Martin Girls
1:00pm Black Creek
1:30pm Writtyn
2:00pm Zachariah George
2:30pm Honey
Watermelon Bust
3:00pm Dineh Brand Music
3:30pm Jay Begaye
4:00pm Apache Crown Dancers
4:30pm Zachariah George
8pm John Michael Montgomery Concert $20
MVHS, UT Football Field


Asaayi Mountain Run 10k & 20k on 8/20/16


Rustic camping is available at Camp Asaayi on Friday night and there is indoor camping in the Camp Asaayi lodge on the camp. There will be portajohns at the site.


The route is all trail and dirt road. Both races loop around Lake Asaayi and climb in to the surrounding hills, with beautiful sweeping views of the valley 500 – feet below. There is a major descent in the second half of both races and a gradual climb back to the finish line (and your car) over the final ½ mile.


Packet pick-up will be available between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on race morning.

Both races begin at 10:00a.m. on Saturday, August 20, 2016.


There will be overall and age – group awards in both 20k and 10k events.

Overall winners and runners-up receive Nike sports duffle bags, while age – group winners receive Asaayi Mountain Run beanies.

Age group categories for both male and female, in both events are: 12 and under, 13-17, 18-29, 30-39, 40-49. 50-59 and 60+.

The Asaayi Mountain Runs 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 Navajo Parks & Recreation, Office of Navajo President & Vice President, Division of Natural Resources and GU Energy.

Print Race Info Sheet


Tom: 928.429.0345

Jim: 608.201.8175

Four Corners Annual Appreciation Day 7/23


FOUR CORNERS MONUMENT –  Annual Appreciation Day on Saturday July 23, 2016 at Four Corners Monument (Navajo Nation Time/Daylight Savings Time)

FUN WALK will be at Shorthair’s resident which is south of the San Juan River. Participants will receive t-shirts, water and refreshments.
7am – Registration
8am – Walk Begins at Shorthair’s residence and will conclude at Four Corners Monument


9:30am – Posting of Colors by Red Mesa Veterans Group
9:45am –  Invocation  by Roselta Jones
10:00am –  Welcome Address by Karen Yazzie
am – Welcome Address by Karen Yazzie
10:15am – Introduction of guests & remarks by Martin L. Begaye
Vice President Jonathan Nez
10:30am – Entertainment by Four Corners Singers
11:00am – Keynote Speaker by Herman Farley from Red Mesa Chapter
11:25am – Entertainment by Chizzbah
11:50am – Entertainment by Ute Mtn Bear Dancers
11:55am – Luncheon for first 300 people sponsored by Navajo Parks & Recreation
Gourd Session during lunch
1:00pm –  Special Recognition of Appreciation Four Corner Monument Staff
1:30pm – Entertainment by Ute Mtn Bear Dancers
1:50pm – Entertainment by Chizzbah
2:00pm – Entertainment by Four Corners Singers
2:20pm –  Back to School Giveaway presented by Four Corners Monument Staff
2:30pm – Entertainment by James & Ernie Comedy Show
3:15pm – Closing Remarks by Victoria Dee
Retrieving of Colors

KTNN AM 660 will be on site for LIVE Remote Broadcasting


For information contact Navajo Parks & Recreation at 928-206-2540.

33rd Annual Shiprock Marathon 5/6-5/7


Registration closes either when an event category fills up, or else on May 5.

2016 Shiprock Marathon Race Weekend Schedule

Friday, May 6, 2016

Packet Pick-up, 12:00 noon – 8:00 p.m. – Shiprock Youth Center

Health & Wellness Expo, 12:00 noon – 6:00 p.m.

Entertainment Stage: Jimmy Keith (noon-2); Delbert Anderson Trio (2-5); Tumbleweeds (5-8)

Kids Marathon “Final Mile”, 5:00 p.m.

5K Trail Run & 10K Race, 6:00 p.m.

Pasta Party, 4:00-8:00 p.m.

  • Navajo Marathoner & Olympic Trials Runner Linnabah Snyder
  • Jonathon Nez – Navajo Nation Vice President & Marathoner
  • Native flutist Jimbo Keith
  • Wheelchair marathoner Pierre Mark
  • Race Preview & Course Highlights – Race Director Tom Riggenbach

Door Prizes and Silent Auction

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Bus Shuttles to Start Lines, 5:55 a.m.-8:35 p.m.

(see bus schedule for specific times for all events)

Marathon, 7:00 a.m.

Marathon Relay, 7:00 a.m.

Half Marathon, 8:00 a.m.

Entertainment, Food & Massage at Finish Line, 9:00-2:00 p.m.

Awards at Shiprock Youth Center, 11:00 a.m.

Race Director Tom Riggenbach:    928.429.0345       
Registration Coordinator Jim  608.201.8175
Medical Coordinator Sandy Saganey  505.486.4632
Kids Marathon  Ellie Yazzie 928.206.1016


Navajo Nation Equine Expo 5/13, 14

May 13 and 14, 2016 at Navajo Nation Museum and Navajo Nation Fairgrounds
Day 1: Presentations at NNMuseum 8:15-12:00, includes traditional equine stories, health and proper saddle fitting & tack.
Interactivity at NNFairgrounds from 1:00pm-5:00pm, includes how to identify good horse hay, trailering and horse selection.

Day 2: Presentations at Navajo Nation Museum 8:15-12:00noon, includes Equine first aid, nutrition, disease, medication/dosing.
Interactivity at NNFairgrounds from 1:00pm-5:00pm, includes physical exams, wound care and bandaging*must register for First Aid with

Sponsored by: Navajo Dept of Agriculture, Navajo Parks & Recreation, U of A Agriculture & Life Sciences and Tsehootsooi Medical Center

928-871-6605 or 7686

Navajo Nation Equine Expo
Navajo Nation Equine Expo

Shiprock Marathon 5/6, 5/7


Welcome to the 33rd Annual Shiprock Marathon & Relays!

Packet Pick- up, Expo & Pasta Party

Packet pick up and parking on Friday will be at the Shiprock Youth Center. Packet pick up continues from 12:00 noon until 8:00 p.m. If you are unable to pick up your packet on Friday, you may do so early on Saturday morning beginning at 5:00 a.m.

Please make every effort to pick up your packet on Friday

Please call 608.201.8175 or 928.429.0345
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