Road trippers throughout New Mexico are drawn to the border of Arizona to experience the majestic landscape of Window Rock. There are few more exhilarating sights, and you could spend the whole visit taking in the scenery and photographing the sky through the window. But there’s much more to Window Rock than this grand rock formation. Make the most of your trip to Window Rock by planning a stop at…
1. Window Rock Navajo Tribal Park & Veterans Memorial
Window Rock is an awe-inspiring rock formation with a circular window eroded into the sandstone cliff. It overlooks the city of Window Rock, capital of the Navajo Nation; it’s also the memorial site of the Navajo code talkers of World War II. These code talkers developed an unbreakable communication code that gave the US an advantage in the war. You can reflect on these American heroes in the healing sanctuary with a close-up view of Window Rock.
2. Four Corners Tribal Park
The Four Corners Tribal Park is one of the biggest attractions to the area of Window Rock. This where four states meet at their corners: Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado. It’s the only landmark of its kind in the United States. Originally marked by a stone slab, there now stands a brass and granite monument. A person can stand at this spot with each foot and each hand in a different state. For many visitors, the best part is the opportunity to experience traditional foods and to purchase handmade crafts and jewelry from Navajo artisans.
3. Navajo Nation Zoo & Botanical Garden Park
Those who feel a spiritual connection to wildlife will want to experience the “Sanctuary for Nature and the Spirit” at the Navajo Nation Zoo & Botanical Garden Park. The park is committed to caring for and rehabilitating animals while spreading awareness about the spirit, the culture, and the nature of plant and animal life. The zoo has more than 100 animals from more than 50 species and teaches about hundreds of Navajo Nation species. Some notable species at the zoo include bobcats, cougars, black bears, golden eagles, and great horned owls.
4. Monument Valley Navajo Park
If you can’t get enough of the breathtaking views, then don’t leave the area without visiting Monument Valley Navajo Park. This expansive vision of the great Southwest is one of the most widely recognized and photographed sites in the US. Red sandstone cliffs and rock formations spread out as far as the eye can see. These reach up to 1,000 feet high and create an enchanted landscape against the brilliant desert skies.
The Spiritual Experience of Window Rock
Window Rock is a sight to behold and a must-see for New Mexican adventurers. Yet it’s more than an interesting rock formation. The parks in and around Window Rock offer a unique spiritual experience when you take time to catch your breath and reflect on the beauty of nature. If you’ve been to Window Rock, tell us what it means to you; and if you haven’t, what are you waiting for?