Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site


Feel the old wooden floor give slightly beneath your footsteps and hear it sqeak as you enter the front door of the oldest continuously operating trading post on the Navajo Nation. Let your eyes adjust to the dim lighting of the "bullpen" and you might even catch the trader negotiating a deal with a Native American artist. Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site offers you a chance to become a part of this unique slice of history. John Lorenzo Hubbell purchased the trading post in 1878, ten years after Navajos were allowed to return to their homeland from their terrible exile at Bosque Redondo, Ft. Sumner, NM. During the four years spent at Bosque Redondo, Navajos were introduced to many new items. Traders like Hubbell supplied those items once they returned home. Hubbell family members operated this trading post until it was sold to the National Park Service in 1967. The trading post is still active, and operated by the non-profit organization, Western National Parks Association, that maintains the trading traditions the Hubbell family established. Step back in time and experience this original 160 acre homestead, including the trading post, family home and visitor center with weaving demonstrations.



Seasonality / Weather

Ganado is located in Northeastern Arizona within the Navajo Nation at 6300 feet above sea level. It has a four-season climate with winter snows and summer heat.

Summers are warm and dry until the rains fall in late July. Temperatures range from 50 to 90 degrees.

Winters are cold and generally dry with brief periods of snow or rain. Winter temperatures range from 0 to 40 degrees.

The sun shines most of the year providing very pleasant days.



Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site is located one mile west of Ganado, on highway 264. Visitors traveling on I-40 can take highway 191 north to Ganado, or from Gallup, New Mexico, take highway 666 north to highway 264


Gallup, New Mexico, 60 miles east, is served by Amtrak, buses and a small airport. Albuquerque, New Mexico, 200 miles east, has a major airport. Flagstaff, Arizona, 180 miles west, is served by Amtrak, buses, and a municipal airport.

Public Transport: 

Navajo Transit operates public busses to Ganado, call 928-729-4002 for schedule.