Known to its residents as Indian Country, this region is home to Diné and Puebloan peoples whose rich cultural traditions include food and dance rituals. Shop for Native art at its resource, then get outdoors to hike or bike national forests and stunning desert landscapes.
Northwest Regional Bucket List
Connect to the Ancients: Delve into ancient Puebloan cultures at Chaco Culture National Historical Park: The massive structures on view are testament to the complex civilization that resided here from a.d. 850 to 1250. The nine-mile Canyon Loop Drive takes visitors to the most famous sites, including Pueblo Bonito.
Get Your Kicks: Remnants of historic Route 66 run through Grants along Santa Fe Avenue and bisect downtown Gallup, where vintage hotels and restaurants line the Mother Road. Outside Gallup, the route continues as N.M. 118 west to the Arizona state line.
Stand in Four States: The state lines of Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado
come together at the Four Corners Monument.
Take Home a Piece of Native Art: This region produces a wealth of traditional and contemporary Native art, including Zuni inlay pendants, black-and-white Acoma pottery, and Navajo rugs.
Tear off a Piece of Fry Bread: Popular in Native American communities, fry bread is just what it sounds like: a piece of dough fried to crispy perfection. Drizzle it with honey or eat a savory version with taco fillings. Though by no means the only Native food found in this region, it’s certainly one of the most popular. Find it at roadside stands, powwows, and places such as Earl’s Restaurant in Gallup.