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Explore the Rich Cultural Tapestry of Arizona's American Indian Tribes


For those looking for a true sense of place and American history, Arizona offers a perfect opportunity to discover the diverse and vibrant heritage of  Native American tribes. Visitors can embark on an unforgettable journey through breathtaking landscapes, rich history, and authentic cultural experiences. With 22 American Indian tribes, each with its own unique traditions and attractions, Arizona offers a wealth of opportunities for exploration and discovery.

 

Hopi Tribe - Northern Arizona: Stay at the Moenkopi Legacy Inn or the Hopi Cultural Center Motel for a comfortable retreat while exploring Hopi tribal lands. Indulge in authentic Hopi cuisine at the Hopi Cultural Center's restaurant and immerse yourself in the vibrant arts scene along the Hopi Arts Trail.

 

Navajo Nation - Northern Arizona: Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of Monument Valley from the comfort of The View Hotel, the only hotel within the valley. Dive into Navajo culture with traditional cuisine at The View Restaurant and explore iconic landmarks like Antelope Canyon, near Page, and Canyon de Chelly National Monument near Chinle.

 

White Mountain Apache Tribe—North-Central Arizona: Escape to the wilderness at Hawley Lake or indulge in modern comforts at the Hon-Dah Resort-Casino. Savor the flavors of Apache cuisine at Cafe Gozhoo and embark on outdoor adventures like whitewater rafting and exploring historic sites.

 

Gila River Indian Community—Phoenix and Central Arizona: Immerse yourself in luxury and indigenous-inspired amenities at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass Resort, owned by the Gila River Indian Community. Delight your taste buds at Kai, Arizona's only Five-Star restaurant, and rejuvenate your body and soul at Aji Spa, a Forbes Five-Star spa using indigenous ingredients to create an authentic Native American spa experience.

 

Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation - Phoenix & Central Arizona: Experience the thrill of Fort McDowell Adventures' guided tours through the Sonoran Desert including horseback riding and Jeep tours, or tee off at the award-winning We-Ko-Pa Golf Club. Unwind at the We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort or the Eagle View RV Resort for a truly immersive stay.

 

More American Indian Experiences In Arizona: From the World Champion Hoop Dance Contest to the Arizona Indian Festival, there are countless opportunities to immerse yourself in Native American culture across the state. Explore museums, and visit iconic landmarks like the Heard Museum, where one can discover the rich and vibrant world of American Indian art, from traditional artworks to contemporary creations, and Montezuma Castle National Monument, a well-preserved cliff dwelling, which was built and used by the ancestors of the Hohokam and other indigenous peoples of the southwestern United States.


photo credit: Arizona Office of Tourism

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