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Bluff Cliffs 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Canyon De Chelly National Monument 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 2
Central Reservation Climbs 22 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 14 / 0 / 0 / 22
Cleopatra's Needle Area 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 6
Cove Area 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 6
Monument Valley 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 5
Southern Ute Reservation 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 1
Elevation: 6,188 ft
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The rock formations in Navajolands are some of the most unique and beautiful formations in the world. This is an area which is full of beauty, mystery, and discovery. It is a quiet peaceful area, yet one of excitement and thrills. It is one of the most awesome places on earth. Navajolands has Shiprock, which was North American's number one climbing objective back it the day. It has The Totem Pole, which is the tallest skinniest spire in the world. It has Spyder Rock, one of the tallest spires in North America (along with The Titan), and it has Cleopatra's Needle, the skinniest spire on the planet. These wonderful spires are a climber's dream, and there are countless other spires to challenge the mind and the skills of climbers. Unfortunately, there is presently a ban on all climbing on the Navajo Indian Reservation. Although only Shiprock and Spyder Rock are the only "official"sacred rocks , the Navajos have chosen , presently, to ban all climbing. These routes are only listed for historical purposes.

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Navajolands is located in the 4 corners area of Arizona, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico. It is over 25,000 square miles of land.

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John J. Glime
Salt Lake City, UT
John J. Glime   Salt Lake City, UT
For arguments sake, should this area be listed in the "International" section? Is it on U.S. land or not? I always thought not. Just curious. May 22, 2007
toddgordon Gordon
Joshua Tree, California
toddgordon Gordon   Joshua Tree, California
The Navajo Tribe have their own leaders, laws, rules, language, religion. We already have the Indian Gambling;...I'm waiting for the legalized marajuana and prostitution......make some real money... May 22, 2007
Alcohol is illegal on the reservation. May 24, 2007
Los Alamos, NM
Aerili   Los Alamos, NM
I thought I read recently that, despite the ban on climbing here, the way Navajo rules work is that as long as you get permission from the landowner, you can climb. What they don't appreciate is climbers just coming onto their land and recreating on it without saying hello, how are you, can I climb here. (Hence maybe why the ban occurred in the first place?)

I believe I read this in a dude's account of climbing Venus Needle in the last few years--after getting the landowner's permission to do so. May 25, 2007
toddgordon Gordon
Joshua Tree, California
toddgordon Gordon   Joshua Tree, California
Most Navajo have never heard of a rock climbing ban on the Reservation. If you go climbing outside of The Tribal Loop, Shiprock, and Spider Rock, you are just another soul out cruising around the Res. May 25, 2007
Anthony Stout
Albuquerque, NM
Anthony Stout   Albuquerque, NM  
John J. Glime wrote: For arguments sake, should this area be listed in the "International" section? Is it on U.S. land or not? I always thought not. Just curious.
Tribes are still part of the US and must abide by national law. However, they are not bound to the laws of the states they exist in. May 10, 2008
Quentin Tutt
Window Rock, AZ
Quentin Tutt   Window Rock, AZ
Yaa'eh t'eeh (yah-ah-eh-teh-EH)Hello. My name is Quentin and I am full blooded Navajo or Dine. I've live in the Four Corners area (NM, AZ, UT & CO) most of my life and I have been actively climbing for 4 yrs now and to see it posted that the Navajo Nation does not allow climbing is really discouraging. I've been climbing here all my life and the only advice I can give to the outsiders is befriend a me! I've been seeking out alot of bouldering areas and some crack climbs around the Four Corners area now for the last 3 yrs. So, if you're interested at all, please feel free to contact me at and I'll do my best to accommodate you in your adventure here on the reservation. For the most part, I usually just ask locals if it's ok to climb around and usually it's ok. You just gotta know the language. Peace. Apr 1, 2009

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