Navajo Tribal Parks

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Our department is a combination of the following sections:

  • Administrative Support Staff
  • Planning/Technical Staff
  • Construction/Maintenance Program
  • Parks Program


    Administrative & Support Staff Martin L. Begaye, Department Manager email
      Rita Begay, Administrative Assistant email
      Lynda B. French, Accountant email
      Sadie Roan, Accounting Technician email
      Roberta John, Sr Economic Development Specialist email
      Louise Tsinijinnie, Media Representative email
      Carm Laughlin, Office Specialist email
      Office Specialist email
    Planning/Technical Support Staff Nathaniel Boyd, Contract Compliance Officer email
    Construction/Maintenance Prog. Thomas Bedonie, Senior Carpenter
    Parks Program Murray Lee, Senior Planner email
    Lake Powell Navajo Tribal Park
    Antelope Canyon
    Effie M. Yazzie, Park Manager email
      Roxanne Valencia, Office Assistant email
      Brenda Catron, Fee Collector Supervisor email
    Little Colorado River Tribal Park Helen Webster, Program Supervisor email
      Blenda Kerley, Fee Collection Supervisor email
      Robert Thin, Parks Maint. Worker
      Lucille Tso, Office Assistant email
    Bowl Canyon / Camp Asaayi Murray Lee, Senior Planner email
    Monument Valley Tribal Park Park Manager
      Lee Cly, Building Mant. Supervisor
      Stanley Crank, Fee Collection Supervisor email
    Four Corners Monument Karen Yazzie, Park Manager email
      Victoria Dee, Fee Collector email
      Natasha Slim, Fee Collector email
    Canyon de Chelly Planning Office Park Manager
    (Cottonwood Campground) Danielle Yazzie, Office Assistant email
      Alvira Teller email
      Ivan Chee

    With over 17 million acres, the Navajo Nation encompasses the entire northeast quarter of the state of Arizona, and spills over into New Mexico and Utah.  Vast areas of pristine wilderness, majestic canyons, high mountain meadows, dry deserts, flatlands and blue skies characterize the land of the Navajo people.   Mid 20th century Navajo leaders recognized the need to preserve and conserve these lands for future generations for their enjoyment and spiritual well-being, and, in accordance with Navajo custom, to welcome visitors from all over the world. 

    To be the custodian of these lands, the Navajo Parks and Recreation Department was established in 1964 and remains one of the oldest programs in the Navajo Nation government.  It faces tremendous challenges to accomplish its mandate to manage, protect and preserve these special areas because of the growing Navajo population, the need to promote economic and social opportunity for the people, and the huge number of visitors who come to see, learn and experience the wonders of the Navajo Nation.

    To fulfill its responsibility to the Navajo Nation government and people, the Navajo Parks and Recreation Department shall:

    • Continue its presence on the Navajo Nation as the trustee of special lands held for the common benefit of all Navajo people;
    • Perform and carry out its role with due regard and respect for Navajo traditional values and customs;
    • Listen and try to understand all perspectives and diverse points of view;
    • Promote Navajo beliefs and values to the outside world;
    • Strive for excellence, creativity and initiative in its operations;
    • Treat all individuals with acceptance, integrity and respect; and
    • Create enduring partnerships to foster conservation and preservation using innovative and traditional approaches.

    The Navajo Parks and Recreation Department is one of the oldest programs in the Navajo Nation government.  It was established in 1964 and is charged with the responsibility to the the Navajo Nation's primary caretaker of special lands set aside for preservation.  The Mission of the Parks and Recreation Department is to wisely manage Navajo parks, monuments and recreation areas for the long-term benefit of the Navajo people and government. The Navajo Nation is comprised of essentially private lands, therefore all non-Navajo visitors must abide by and comply with the laws, regulations and policies promulgated by the Navajo Nation government, including those governing Navajo parks, monuments and recreation areas.


    The Mission of the Navajo Parks and Recreation Department is to protect, preserve and manage tribal parks, monuments and recreation areas for the perpetual enjoyment and benefit of the Navajo Nation – the spectacular landscapes, buttes, canyons, clean air, diversity of plants and wildlife, and areas of beauty and solitude.