Hubbell Trading Post is the oldest continuously operated trading post on the Navajo Reservation. The trading post was purchased by John Lorenzo Hubbell in 1878, who established himself as one of the leading traders of his time. He also collected western and Native American art, which are displayed in his furnished house on the site.
The trading post is still active, trading with
members of the Navajo, Hopi, Zuni and other tribes, just as members of the the
Hubbell family did for 89 years until it was sold to the National Park Service
in 1967. It is now operated by a non-profit organization that maintains the trading
traditions the Hubbell family established.
Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site consists
of the original 160-acre homestead, including the trading post, family home and
Visitor Center as the primary attractions. You can tour the Hubbell family homestead
and see the barn, bunkhouse, guest hogan, farm equipment, and farm animals.
Rates & Fees
There are no admission fees, except for tours of
the Hubbell home. Donations are accepted at the Visitor Center.
Hubbell Home Tours: $2.00 per person, user fee. Visitors 16 years old and
younger are free. Discounts to Senior Pass and Access Pass holders only.
Seasons / Hours
Summer Hours: 8 AM to 6 PM,
daily, from April 30th to September 8th.
Winter Hours: 8 AM to 5 PM, daily, September 9th through April
Closed: Thanksgiving day, December 25, and January 1.
**Please note the Navajo Nation observes Mountain Daylight Saving Time from
March through November while the rest of Arizona observes Mountain Standard Time.
When it is 1 p.m. in Flagstaff, Arizona it is 2 p.m. at Hubbell Trading Post.**
The Visitor Center provides book sales and exhibits and a self-guided tour
Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site
P.O. Box 150
1/2 Mile W. Hwy. 191 on Hwy. 264
Ganado, Arizona 86505
There are demonstrations of Navajo rug weaving in the Visitor Center, along with a small museum display. The fully active trading post offers a variety of Native American arts and crafts that include 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.
There are regularly scheduled tours of the Hubbell family home during summer months, and also in the winter, as staffing allows. In the summer, there are occasional presentations on Navajo rugs and weaving, as well as grounds tours.
The Trading Post host two Native American arts
auctions, one in spring and one in fall. They also host a
Luminaria Night each December where over 700 luminarias
are illuminated along the roadways, sidewalk and rooftops.The Spanish words
luminaria and farrolito mean little lights or flames. This Hispanic tradition
is widely practiced in New Mexico and has been presented at Hubbell Trading Post
each December since the early 1990s. Call for specific
dates and times of the events 520-755-3475.
Food & Supplies
There is a small grocery store in the trading post. Gas stations, restaurants and other services available locally.
The trading post, Visitor Center and Hubbell family home are all accessible. The grounds are usually accessible, except in bad weather, and a wheelchair is available.
Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site is located in the Greast Basin Desert of northeastern Arizona, one mile west of Ganado, on highway 264. Visitors travelling on Interstate 40 can take highway 191 north to Ganado; or from Gallup, New Mexico take highway 666 north to highway 264.
Elevation is 6,340 feet. Daytime temperatures range from the low 50s to the high 90s from May through September. Winter temperatures range from a few degree above zero to the high 30s. Humidity is generally low with summer thunderstorms occurring between July and August. Winters are cold and snowy. Spring is usually windy. Wear layers of clothing.
Access by Arizona highways 191 and 264. No public transportation to area. Gallup, New Mexico, 60 miles east, is served by Amtrak, buses and a small airport. Albuquerque, New Mexico, 150 miles east, has a major airport.
Things To Do
Stop at the Visitor Center and observe the weavers. Visit the trading post
and learn about Native American art, or attend an auction. Take the Hubbell family
home tour, and see a significant collection of southwestern art. Take the self-guided
tour of the grounds. Attend a "Sheep Is Life" workshop to learn about Navajo
lifeways. Learn how to weave a Navajo rug first hand on the visitor's loom, also
in the Visitor Center.
Camping & Lodging
No lodging or camping is available in Ganado. The nearest lodging is 30 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.
Precautions, Rules, Regulations
It is the visitor's responsibility to know and obey park rules. Regulations are designed for visitors' protection and to protect natural resources.
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