Ganado Az is part of Navajo Nation

Ganado, Arizona is a small town in the southwest and part of the Navajo Nation. It is only about eight square miles in size. It is in Apache County. The popular attraction there is the Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site. The city gets its name from a former Indian chief, Ganado Mucho. Just over a thousand people of different ethnicities live there.

Navajos quarried the building that makes up the Hubbell Trading Post in 1883 from heavy sandstones. The post supplies flour, sugar, coffee, baking powder, and other staple foods and needs. The Trading Post continues to operate today run by Western National Park Association. Mid-September and Mid-May brings artists from around the state to share in their Native American Art Auctions.

John Lorenzo Hubbell was a powerful trader with the Navajos. He traded his supplies for their pottery, wool, sheep, baskets, jewelry, and rugs. He was half Spanish and Anglo. He spoke three languages. People trusted Mr. Hubbell and traded with him and his family for many years. In 1878, John purchased the trading post, allowing the Navajo to return to Arizona.

Ganado Mucho was a Navajo chief, who frequented the Trading Post. The former name of the town and trading post was Pueblo Colorado. In those days, visitors confused Ganado with the town of Pueblo, Colorado.

The town has a mission, school, airport and hospital. It also has several satellite campuses for college and universities. Ganado Unified School District serves all children of all grade levels.

The elevation is over 6,000 feet meaning it is in the snow zone during the winter months. Average summer temperatures are in the 80s making for comfortable living.

The town is part of the Navajo Indian Reservation so the Navajo have jurisdiction of the activities that happen in Ganado.  The Secretary of the Interior and the Bureau of Indian Affairs govern the chiefs. The Navajo Nation, though in the area of Mountain Time, uses Daylight Savings Time to sync with its other states. To become a member of the tribe, a person must have the equivalent of one grandparent with Navajo blood.

The people who live in Ganado own houses with values well below the rest of Arizona. The religious view is largely Roman Catholic. Family size averages about three people with mostly married couples.

A person reaches Ganado from Highway 264. It is the center of the Navajo Nation. This area is a fantastic place to visit and offers opportunities to learn about the Navajo people or to live among them.