Hubbell Trading Post

National Historic Site

 

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.

General Information

Rates & Fees

There are no admission fees, except for tours of the Hubbell home. Donations are accepted at the Visitor Center.

Hubbell Home Tours: $5.00 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 May to October.
Winter Hours: 8 AM to 5 PM, daily, October through May.
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.**

 

Visitor Center

The Visitor Center provides exhibits and a self-guided tour booklet.

Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site
P.O. Box 150
1/2 Mile W. Hwy. 191 on Hwy. 264
Ganado, Arizona 86505

Facilities/Features

Stores/Museum
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.

Programs/Events
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 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.

Accessibility
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.

Location

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.

Climate

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.

Getting There

Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site is located at mile post 446.3 on AZ state route 264. Visitors traveling on I-40 can take U.S. Highway 191 North to Ganado and drive west on Hwy. 264. If you are traveling from Gallup, New Mexico, you may take U.S. Highway 491 North to U.S. Highway 264 west toward Ganado, through Window Rock,Arizona. When you are driving south from Chinle, Arizona on Hwy. 191 you will drive east when you reach Hwy. 264.

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.

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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.

Nearby Attractions

Cities & Towns

Holbrook, Arizona: 81 miles southwest.
Winslow, Arizona : 113 miles southwest.
Gallup, New Mexico: 52 miles east.

Parks & Monuments

Canyon de Chelly National Monument: 40 miles north.

Petrified Forest National Park: 60 miles southeast.

Painted Desert Wilderness: (Adjoins Petrified Forest NP) 60 miles southeast.

Rainbow Forest Wilderness: (Adjoins Petrified Forest NP) 60 miles southeast.

      
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