A Cultural Experience To Remember
If you are looking for an authentic Navajo experience, visitors can stay in a traditional eight-sided, one room home called a hogan. Many hogans are used primarily for ceremonial purposes, but some Navajo families have begun to use them as lodging to provide tourists with the real Navajo experience. This is a primitive way of life- a traditional way of life. There is no electricity, running water, or luxury when staying in a hogan, only Mother Earth and the beauty of the natural surroundings.
Furnishings are sparse… either a mattress or a sheepskin lying on the dirt floor. The dirt floor represents Mother Earth and is kept very clean. A single door facing east to welcome the morning rays of the sun, and an opening in the center of the roof that represents the sky and serves as a hole for the stovepipe. In this way, with dirt and the sky as part of the home, the Navajo stays connected to what he holds most dear. A kerosene lamp throws shadows on the log walls where wedding baskets and cradleboards are hung.
The winter season is the traditional time for story-telling and games, especially the string games which Navajo children love to play. The ever popular coyote stories are told only in winter. Weather permitting, the stories are told while sitting around a camp fire under a sky filled with stars. Otherwise, the warmth of the Hogan sets the mood for an evening of Navajo lore.
An overnight stay in a Hogan isn’t for everyone. Perhaps just a visit inside a Hogan will do. To find out more about hogans, hotels, attractions, the many campgrounds, and RV Parks, we would like to welcome you to the Navajo Nation. Enjoy the beauty and power of the land that is rich in history and culture.
Spider Rock Campground is open every day throughout the year. The winter months are some of the most stunning and peaceful at Canyon de Chelly, especially when it snows. For tent and RV campers who love the crisp air, it’s “business as usual” in the wintertime! For your camping comfort, we also have a number of cozy fork hogans (pictured above), which were built by hand by the campground owner using local materials. Each hogan includes an interior wood burning stove to help you keep warm. Small hogans sleep 1 or 2 people; large hogans are suitable for up to 4 campers.
- Small Hogan: Sleeps 1-2 people
- Medium Hogan: Sleeps 1-4 people
- Large Hogan: Sleeps up to 6 people