Window Rock is both a community and a geological masterstroke. It is the capital of the Navajo Nation, the largest Native American government in the United States, and home to about 3,000 people. It is also a natural landmark -- the city has taken its name from the wondrous pothole arch. Over millions of years, sunlight, wind, water, and chemical exfoliation formed the distinctive window. These elements slowly peeled away layer after layer of red sandstone, leaving a nearly perfect circular hole in its place. The formation is known as Tseghahoodzani, which in Navajo means Perforated Rock.
Window Rock has long been a sacred place in the Water Way Ceremony, or Tohee. The 200-foot formation has traditionally been one of four sources for the water Navajo medicine men use in the ceremony performed to ask the gods for rain.
Window Rock Information
Address: Navajo Travel Center
I-40 Exit 325, Navajo, AZ
Hours of Operation: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., daily
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