On the Navajo Nation, you’ll find many vibrant, working communities. Respect the privacy and customs of the residents and the integrity of the structures at all times
- Please don’t enter a home uninvited.
- Please don’t knock on a door and asked to be shown around.
- Please don’t yell or throw objects, especially in or near Navajo sacred sites.
- Please observe quiet hours from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. in all public areas.
- The use of teepees on the Navajo Nation is strictly for religious purposes. Please show respect and do not intrude.
- Please do not enter any areas that are marked off-limits, or that have been told are off-limits. If in doubt, ask.
- Please stay on the designated trails and established routes unless accompanied by a tour guide.
- Rock climbing and off-trail hiking are prohibited. Off-road travel by all-terrain vehicles, dune buggies, jeeps and motorcycles is prohibited on back country roads.
- Please do not disturb or remove animals, plants, rocks or artifacts.
- Please keep Navajo land clean. Do not litter, burn debris, or bury trash. Please place refuse in trash containers.
- Keep in mind that the use of alcoholic beverages and firearms are both strictly prohibited on the Navajo Nation.
As any tourist should, please be respectful when it comes to photography. Cameras are not always welcome, and you should secure permission before photographing, videotaping, sketching or audiotape recording any event.
- When you do take photos, keep in mind that a gratuity is always appreciated.
- Special permits are required when photographing for commercial use.
- Although pow-wows and dances are sometimes exhibited for the benefit of the tourists and in public forums, keep in mind that such occasions are mostly held for Navajos by Navajos. Many of these events are of a religious nature, and should be accorded the same deference as a church or prayer service, even if tribal members behave informally.
- Before attending an event or dance confirm that visitors are welcome.
Visitors are welcomed with open arms in Navajoland, but don’t forget that residents here-just like people in your hometown or any community- like to be treated with respect.
- Try to be unobtrusive when visiting a Navajo performance or event. Be patient and considerate- don’t push to the front of a crowd or block anyone’s view.
- Unless absolutely apparent that it is okay, do not applaud.
- Remember that religious matters are very private and personal; probing questions are not appropriate.
- Some traditional ceremonies are not open to the public, so if you are asked to leave, please do so quickly and quietly.
When you are on Navajoland, you’ll quickly notice how many people speak Navajo. But English is also spoken by the vast majority of Navajos, so do not hesitate to communicate.
- If you encounter a Navajo who does not speak English, you should have no problem finding someone eager to interpret.