What to do and see in Tuba City, United States: The Best Places and Tips

December 28, 2017 Venice Greaves

Tuba City (Navajo: Tó Naneesdizí) is an unincorporated town in Coconino County, Arizona, on Navajo lands, in the United States. It is the second-largest community in Coconino County. The population of the census-designated place (CDP) was 8,611 at the 2010 census. It is the Navajo Nation's largest community, slightly larger than Shiprock, New Mexico, and the headquarters of the Western Navajo Agency. The Hopi town of Moenkopi lies directly to its southeast.
Restaurants in Tuba City

1. Coal Mine Canyon

Az Hwy 264, 15 miles south-east of Tuba City, Tuba City, AZ +1 928-679-2303
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4.5 based on 101 reviews

Coal Mine Canyon

Reviewed By norman28 - Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom

We have visited the Grand Canyon and a few days ago visited the Painted Desert which we thought was magnificent but this Canyon beat the lot. It is a little more expensive than some at $12 per person ( not per car) and you have to go to Cameron Visitor Centre to buy your permit (located right beside the roundabout at Cameron) but trust me it is worth it.

From Tuba City take the 264 and about 300 yards past the 337 marker take a left turn up the dirt road towards the windmill. At the windmill bear left past all the cattle, which look scary, but are quite docile and continue another 50 yards or so towards the picnic tables. You will not see the Canyon until you are almost right up to it. This road is suitable to all vehicles as long as you drive nice and slow and is only about 500 yards long anyway.

There are a number of concrete tables each with a barbecue so take your lunch and soak up the magnificent views. You need to walk around the rim, short distances, to see all the aspects of the canyon....it is truly breathtaking and changes colour as the sun moves from cloud to cloud.

In my opinion this is a must visit place as there cannot be many places on earth that can match it.

Final tip especially for the ladies, wear solid shoes, trainers or similar as the ground is covered in small prickly plants. Very low and no problem if you wear shoes to protect your feet.

2. Dinosaur Tracks

Highway 160, Tuba City, AZ +1 928-640-2999
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4.5 based on 355 reviews

Dinosaur Tracks

These are dinosaur tracks on the side of the highway on the Navajo Nation.

Reviewed By yogidog35943 - Elizabeth, Illinois

When I first saw these tracks I was sure that they were not real but fascinating anyway. I got to my room and researched them on the web. The paleontologists say that they are authentic. They are not from Trex, Stegasaurus, etc. But from a dinosaur called a Eubrontes. Trex is not old enough

3. Explore Navajo Interactive Museum

Intersection of Main and Moenave St, Tuba City, AZ
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4.5 based on 87 reviews

Explore Navajo Interactive Museum

Reviewed By Boyd J - Buderim

The Navajo Interactive Museum is a small museum that was conceived and developed for the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, the display was then dismantled and moved to its present site. The experience begins with a ten-minute video about The Four Worlds of the Navajo followed by the opportunity to view the exhibits which provide more of a window into Navajo traditions, customs and lifestyle. The only disappointing feature was that about half of the explanatory videos weren’t working.

4. Tuba City Trading Post

Main Street & Moenave Rd., Tuba City, AZ 86045 +1 928-283-5441
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Tuba City Trading Post

Reviewed By Boyd J - Buderim

The Tuba City Trading Post has a good range of mementos and according to my wife (and my wallet), a really good range of Navajo jewellery. This lso gave us an opportunity to peruse the Navajo Code Talkers Museum, which is incorporated within the Trading Post. Simple, but a respectful and instructive honouring of the contribution these brave men made in World War 2. A great conclusion to a really educational experience in Tuba City.

5. Experience Hopi Tours

Tuba City, AZ 86045
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Experience Hopi Tours

Visit the Hopi mesas and experience one of North America's oldest yet vibrant Native American cultures. Your experience Hopi Guide will share the heritage of the Hopi as you travel in comfort across the mesas. Tours leave daily from the lobby of the Moenkopi Legacy Inn & Suites located at the western gateway to Hopi, adjacent to the community of Tuba City,AZ.

Reviewed By James K - Las Cruces, New Mexico

Engaged tour of Hopi & Navajo lands through Moenkopi Legacy Inn. The tour was from 0830 to 1630 hours and included a lunch at the restaurant in the Hopi Cultural Center. Excellent day with wife, guide and myself visiting Hopi villages and meeting residents, exploring vistas, rock formations, and petroglyphs on tribal lands where a guide is required. Our Hopi guide, Keith, was very informative concerning history and relations between Hopi and Navajo and discussing current conditions and challenges living on the Reservation. We also got to visit the workshop of a highly regarded Hopi silversmith who demonstrated his techniques and tools to fabricate elegant sterling jewelry. Opportunities to buy, but never and pressure or hard sell. We had to ask if we could purchase the piece we had watched him make. If you have an affinity for our Native Americans you will not be disappointed taking this tour.

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