Tuba City, Arizona
Tuba City is the second largest community built on Navajo lands in Coconino County, Arizona. In contrast to other places in Arizona, and despite the fact that it is located within the Painted Desert, the land here is rich in underground springs that end up to many nearby reservoirs. Tuba City is very close to the East part of the Grand Canyon National Park (about 50 miles). While in Tuba City, it is worth visiting the Explore Navajo Interactive Museum. Here, you will find plenty of exhibitions and interesting information about the Navajo Indian tribe. If you are a nature and outdoor activities enthusiast, then you will certainly spend some really great time here. Except for the Painted Desert 4×4 jeep tours and the daily trips to the Grand Canyon National Park where you can do hiking and rafting, other great natural attractions include the Coal Mine Canyon and the Hahonogeh Canyon. Also, don’t forget to ask the locals to give you directions where you can find dinosaur tracks that date back to the Jurassic period (about 5 miles west of Tuba City). Regarding accommodation in Tuba City, there aren’t any cheap options available. If you are willing to pay about $110 – 120 / night, then you should consider staying either at Quality Inn Navajo Nation or Moenkopi Legacy Inn & Suites. Both hotels are less than a mile from the town center. Otherwise, if you are happy with a lot more basic accommodation experience, then the discount motel that is worth staying is the Dine Inn Motel. The cool thing about this Motel is that it is owned and operated by Navajo people!