In honor of Indigenous People’s Day, we thought it only appropriate to take you on a journey through the breathtaking natural wonders found on tribal lands across the United States. From iconic sites to hidden gems, these destinations offer a glimpse into the beauty and spiritual significance of the land Native American communities call home.

Monument Valley, Navajo Nation, Arizona and Utah

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Iconic sandstone formations and expansive landscapes make Monument Valley a must-see in any southwest road trip itinerary. This is sacred land for the Navajo Nation, featuring stunning red mesas and sweeping vistas.

Antelope Canyon, Navajo Nation, Arizona 

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Immerse yourself in the surreal beauty of Antelope Canyon, a slot canyon on the Navajo Nation. One of the world’s most spectacular canyon experiences, it can only be accessed by permit – and the Nation doles out only a few per day. It may take a while before you can secure yours – but it’s an experience well worth the trouble. 

Chaco Culture National Historical Park, New Mexico

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Chaco Culture National Historical Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a feat of  engineering unparalleled throughout the American southwest. Here you can explore the ruins of an ancient Puebloan civilization, which offers a glimpse into the rich cultural history of the Pueblo people.

Havasu Falls, Havasupai Indian Reservation, Arizona

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Embark on a journey to the spectacular Havasu Falls, an 8 mile hike reachable only by foot or horse. This paradise is nestled deep within the Grand Canyon on the Havasupai Indian Reservation. 

Taos Pueblo, New Mexico

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You step into history when visiting Taos Pueblo, one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the U.S. Explore the adobe buildings and learn about the enduring traditions and culture of the Taos people – a community more than 1,000 years old.

Mount Graham, San Carlos Apache Reservation, Arizona

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Discover the stunning beauty of Mount Graham, a peak revered by the Apache people. The mountain is rich in biodiversity, with diverse plant and animal life, offering breathtaking views and opportunities for outdoor adventure.

Olympic National Park, Washington

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The diverse ecosystems of Olympic National Park include ancestral lands of the Quinault, Hoh, Makah, and other Indigenous nations. Witness old-growth forests, rugged coastline, and majestic mountains all within this UNESCO-designated biosphere reserve.

Black Hills, South Dakota

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Immerse yourself in the sacred Black Hills, cherished by the Lakota and Sioux peoples. You can marvel at the towering granite formations, including the famous Mount Rushmore, and feel the deep cultural and spiritual connections to the land.

Hopi Reservation, Arizona

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Experience the ancient traditions and spiritual practices of the Hopi people on their reservation. The mesas and villages offer a glimpse into a unique and enduring way of life.

Visiting these incredible natural wonders on U.S. tribal lands not only allows you to witness the unparalleled beauty of these landscapes but also offers an opportunity to honor and learn about the cultures and traditions of Indigenous peoples. As we celebrate Indigenous People’s Day, let us respect and appreciate the importance of these lands.

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