Window Rock
July 11, 2010


Window Rock is a very impressive circular opening in the hills in the town of Window Rock, Arizona. The "window" is actually formed by a gigantic arch, and from a distance it looks very nearly circular. Window Rock (the town) is the administrative capital of the Navajo Nation. It is located in Arizona, abutting the New Mexico boundary about 60 miles northwest of Gallup, N.M.

The four of us (Scott Casterlin, Scott Peavy, Chris Gilsdorf and me) rolled into Window Rock after a short but productive two-day jaunt of hiking some big prominence peaks in the Four Corners region. We had just hiked Beautiful Mountain in New Mexico, then followed some scenic secondary highways into Window Rock.

Window Rock (the arch) is located about two miles north of the main part of town. Just look into the hills on the east side of Indian Route-12, and the circular opening should be evident. We drove past the Navajo Nation government buildings, and parked. The Navajo Nation has turned the immediate area below Window Rock into a nice monument honoring members of the Navajo Nation who have fought in the various wars, plus a very well-done statue and memorial to the Code Talkers of World War II. The park is small and has some concrete walkways. You can't walk up to Window Rock itself, but you can get pretty close.

Afterwards, we had a lunch in town then started the long drive back into the Phoenix area.

Photos (Click to enlarge)

Window Rock

Different angle

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