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Backcountry Hiking & Camping Permits

The Navajo Nation is comprised of more than 25,000 sq. miles and offers hikers numerous isolated trails and routes. For the safety of hikers who enter the reservation and for the protection of natural and cultural resources, the Parks and Recreation Department has implemented guidelines for backcountry use. Please follow all Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation Rules & Regulations.


Additional Information

The trails are not improved or maintained, and are usually marked with rock claims. To reach the trailheads, topographic maps and drives over rough dirt roads are required. Roads can become impassable in wet weather, and conditions can change quickly. Travelers are cautioned to be prepared. To ensure having an enjoyable experience, plan your trip carefully. Most trails are rated strenuous to moderately strenuous, and good physical condition is important. Many Navajo families still live on the reservation annually, please be respectful of homesites and animals in these areas. The terrain is rough, water is scarce, and the weather is often extreme in most areas.

In the summer, the trails are hot and dry; in winter, elevations make them subject to severe cold and high winds. Due to the quick changes in the weather, be aware of the dangers of flash floods. While this danger is greatest during the summer monsoon season (July through September), flash floods can occur at any time of the year.

Contact the Park Office for detailed information about the trail you will venture on.

The purchase of a Backcountry Permit does not include Entry Fee.  Entry Fee can be added to your cart following the completion of your permit purchase.

Backcountry Permits are for hiking and camping on designated trails and campgrounds. If you are caught hiking or camping in the park without a Backcountry Permit, or in unauthorized territory, additional fees will apply.

DO NOT desecrate Navajo lands and violate the trust of the Navajo people by discarding cremated human remains on tribal lands. Please respect our tribal beliefs.

NO ROCK CLIMBING on Navajo Land. Please abide by the humble religious requests of the Navajo people and do not climb the Monuments. “Navajo law will be strictly enforced on this issue,” Parks Department Manager.

Navajo Nation Backcountry Use Rules & Regulations 

1.  In accordance with the Navajo Nation Resource Committee Land Use Policies, a Camping Fee will be charged for all areas $12.00 per person, per night. Camping and Camp Fires are prohibited Except in established areas.  DO NOT Leave Fire Unattended. Check the current Fire Restrictions.

2.  Stay on designated trails and/or routes. Sign in/out before departing Central Location. Permit-tee must leave no trace, make sure all equipment and trash are collected. Permit-tee will be cited for trash left behind and be placed on NO Permitting list. NO Backcountry Permits to be Issued to Permit-tee Indefinitely. (First infraction)

3.  A Fishing Permit is for fishing any lakes or streams or/a Hunting Permit for game on lands under Navajo Nation jurisdiction. Permits for both, Fees and Dates can be obtained from Fish and Wildlife Program at P.O. Box 1430, Window Rock, AZ. (928) 871-6450/6451/6452. www.nndfw.org

4.  Respect the Privacy and customs of the Navajo people. Do Not touch a person, wander across residential areas or disturb property, or take pictures without permission. Dumping of cremations is Prohibited on tribal lands.

5.  Cremation Dumping is Strictly Prohibited on the Navajo Nation. Permit-tee will be cited to the highest extent for each infraction.

6.  Camp in, camp out all trash and recyclables. Do not burn or bury trash. Leave no trace.

7.  Pets are Prohibited in all Navajo Tribal Park areas. Do not allow pets to urinate on sacred sites.

8. Permits are needed for all Photography/Filming/Special Use projects. Commercial Use, Motion Pictures are Prohibited, unless accompanied by a valid Permit issued by Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation. Application can be found at: www.navajonationparks.org

9. The use of Drones is Prohibited on the Navajo Nation. Permit-tee will be asked to Disable or NNPRD will Deactivate and Confiscate device.

10. Possession of Firearms on the Navajo Nation is Prohibited. (Navajo Tribal Code Title 17, Section 320).

11. The Navajo Nation is Not responsible for any bodily injures, accidents, and/or thefts of personal property while on Navajo Tribal Parks or Navajo Nation Land during your visit.

12. The consumption/possession of Alcoholic Beverages/Illegal drugs is Prohibited on the Navajo Nation.(Navajo Tribal Code Title 14)

13. Entry into any Cultural Property on the Navajo Nation is Prohibited. (Navajo Tribal Code Title 19, Section 1031). The defacing of all Navajo Nation Property is Strictly Prohibited. Including Canyon walls, Trails, Rock, Natural Housing, Earthen Dams, etc. Permit-tee will be cited to the highest extent upon each infraction.

14. Any and all Aircraft that could be dangerous or hazardous to the natural park environment are Prohibited on the Navajo Nation (Drones are Prohibited on the Navajo Nation) NN Code, Title 14.

*All areas on the Navajo Nation are closed to non-Navajos unless you have a valid pass or permit issued by the Navajo Parks and Recreation Department or other delegated tribal authority. Failure to have a permit is considered trespassing on a Federal Indian Reservation.

Area Contact Information
  • Grand Falls: (928) 686-3227, Leupp Chapter House, NN Government.
  • Wheatfields Lake: (928) 724-2220, Navajo Fish & Wildlife.
  • Rainbow Bridge: (928) 698-2808, Lake Powell Tourism Office.
  • San Juan River: (928) 871-6647, Navajo Parks & Recreation Dept.
  • Marble Canyon: (928) 698-2808, Lake Powell Tourism Office.
Navajo Nation Parks & Rec
(928) 871-6647

Land Department/Parks & Recreation 48 West Taylor Rd. Bldg #8966, Hwy 264,  St. Michaels, Arizona 86515

Our Mission is to protect, preserve and manage tribal parks, monuments and recreation areas for the perpetual enjoyment and benefit of the Navajo Nation – the spectacular landscapes, buttes, canyons, clean air, diversity of plants and wildlife, and areas of beauty and solitude.

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