HUBBELL TRADING POST
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.
JUNIOR RANGER PROGRAM:
Our Junior Ranger program gives kids the opportunity to see what it might have been like at this trading post during the time of John Lorenzo Hubbell. Kids will also gain a better understanding of the Navajo culture.
Chaco Culture National Historical Park 140 miles.
Canyon De Chelly National Monument 40 miles.
El Malpais National Monument 126 miles.
Navajo National Monument 150 miles.
Petrified Forest National Park 66 miles.
Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site is located at mile post 446.3 on AZ state route 264. Visitors traveling on I-40 can take U.S. Highway 191 North to Ganado and drive west on Hwy. 264. If you are traveling from Gallup, New Mexico, you may take U.S. Highway 491 North to U.S. Highway 264 west toward Ganado, through Window Rock,Arizona. When you are driving south from Chinle, Arizona on Hwy. 191 you will drive east when you reach Hwy. 264.