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Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site
Copyright: - US National Park Service
Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site
Description - Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site interprets and illustrates the economic and cultural interactions that occurred between Navajo, Spanish and American individuals from the late Nineteenth century to the present. This still-active trading post, established in 1878, was one place among several trading posts, where Navajo Indians would trade their artistic and agricultural products for goods produced in the states.

The property was purchased by John Lorenzo Hubbell family in 1878 and they operated the post until it was sold to the National Park Service in
1967. The trading post is still active, and operated by a nonprofit
organization that maintains the trading traditions established by the Hubbell family. The site consists of the original 160 acre homestead, with the trading post, family home and visitor center as the primary

Attractions - This site will be particularly interesting for those curious about the cultural history of the American Southwest. The visitor center exhibits provide information and orientation to the site, as well as a Navajo weaving demonstration. The fully active trading post offers a variety of Native American made arts and crafts for sale including rugs, baskets, kachinas, jewelry, drums, pots, etc. It also offers the opportunity to experience the traditional trading activities that have gone on for over 100 years.

No lodging or camping available in Ganado. The nearest lodging is 35 miles north in Chinle, Arizona, or 30 miles east, in Window Rock, Arizona. The nearest camping is at Canyon De Chelly National Monument, in Chinle, Arizona.

In late August, the "Friends of Hubbell" and the National Park Service hold an "Old Time Trading Days" event. Entertainment such as storytellers, singers and trick roping is available. Artists include painters, wood carvers and basket makers. Food booths offer Navajo tacos and Hopi bread.

Special programs such as rug talks and grounds tours are offered throughout the day. A Benefit Auction of Native American Arts will be held on April 29, and August 26, 2000. Student internships are also available at the park. Applications are due by May 15, 2000. Luminaria Night is a community wide Christmas festival that lights up the grounds of Hubbell Trading Post and the town of Ganado. Held on December 7, 2000.

Recreation - shopping,
Call the park for specific dates and times of the events and programs at (520) 755-3475.

Climate - The trading post lies in a desert climate at an elevation of 6,340 feet. Daytime temperatures during the summer months can range from 60 degrees to 100 degrees F. Humidity is generally low with summer thunderstorms occurring almost daily between July and August. Winter temperatures vary from a few degrees above zero to the high 30s. Winter usually brings significant precipitation. Spring is usually windy.

** Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site is on the Navajo Reservation, which recognizes Daylight Savings Time. The state of Arizona operates on Mountain Standard Time, and is one hour behind the reservation, from April through October.

Location - This site is located in northeastern Arizona on the Navajo Reservation. It is located one mile west of Ganado, on highway 264. Visitors traveling on I-40 can take highway 191 north to Ganado, or from Gallup, New Mexico, take highway 666 north to highway 264.

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Contact Information:
Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site, P.O. Box 150 , Ganado, AZ, 86505-0150, Phone: 520-755-3475

Additional Information:
Arizona National Forests, Parks and Monuments - This section includes the National Forests, National Parks, National Monuments, and National Historic Sites in Arizona. The Grand Canyon is the best known of these areas but there are many other spectacular sites.
Arizona's Historic Sites -
Northeast Arizona - Northeast Arizona includes the area north of Interstate 40 and east of US Highway 89. It is home to Monument Valley, Canyon de Chelly, Petrified Forest National Park, the Painted Desert and Lake Powell.

Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site - Official agency website


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