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Hubbell Trading Post

Hubbell Trading PostIf you find yourself in northeastern Arizona and are traveling near Ganado, consider stopping by the Hubbell Trading Post, the oldest continuing operated trading post in the Navajo Nation.  This place oozes history of the American West. John Lorenzo Hubbell purchased the trading post in 1878 shortly after the Navajo people were allowed back onto their land after their forced exile to Bosque Redondo. Hubbell prospered, and he built a trading empire throughout the Navajo Nation including several trading posts and a stage line. The trading post at Ganado was operated by the Hubbell family until 1957 when they sold it to the Park Service. While the site is a National Historic Site, it is still operated as an authentic trading post where you can buy a can of Coke or a jar of pickles; brooms or horse tack; a Navajo blanket, basket, or turquoise jewelry; or many other items. It’s part store and part museum. The Park Service also runs a small visitor center detailing the history of the post.

Outside the main trading post, visitors are free to roam the grounds, viewing historic farm machinery, the bunkhouse and guest hogan, or visiting with the horses and Navajo Churro sheep. The Park Service leads tours of the property five times daily ($2 per person), or you can pick up a self-guided tour booklet. There are separate tours of the interior of the Hubbell family residence.

Hubbell Barn Entrance

Hubbell Horse

Hubbell Guest HoganInside the Trading PostWagonElk and Baskets


4 responses

  1. I love your pictures and your travels! I have also a blog with my illustrations and pictures, take a look and if you like it don’t doubt to follow me, and we can share information. Greetings!

    October 20, 2014 at 1:44 am

    • Thanks. I’ll take a look at your site. Cheers!

      October 20, 2014 at 8:43 am

  2. Barbara Gallagher

    Very nice, Joe! It seems like you and Tanya had a great trip! Diana and I went there a few years back and a res dog adopted us for the hike down through the canyon. Your photos brought back memories – thanks.

    October 26, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    • Thanks Barb. We had our own experiences with res dogs, some good (very friendly dogs coming out of nowhere in Monument Valley) and some bad (abandoned puppy at a viewpoint in Canyon de Chelly). Thanks for checking in!!!

      October 26, 2014 at 4:36 pm

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