Despite the fact that the Navajo nation is a sovereign state within the United States (Navajos are US citizens), you will not require a visa to visit. The reserve does not have a guarded entrance. In fact, you might not see it when you first go inside Dine Bikeyah. The visitor center is the first thing you'll come to on the main road, and it has information on how to get around and what's near by.
The best time to visit is between April and October, when it's not too hot or cold. Fall brings colorful leaves and cool temperatures, while springtime is blooming season everywhere else but here. The monsoon season is from July through September, with heavy rain falling almost every day. The reserve is also known for its earthquakes, so make sure you don't mind small buildings and open spaces.
When you arrive at the border, you need to show your passport to an agent, who will issue you a permit. This permit is valid for up to 14 days and can be used on any bike that is less than 20 inches high and cannot weigh more than 10 pounds. If you have a larger vehicle, you may be asked to bring it in for inspection. The inspector will ask you some questions, such as where you're going and how long you plan to be there. He or she will also check your vehicle for damage and give it a quick wash if needed.
Traveling on Navajo Nation property does not require a passport. The Navajo Nation Police Department advises not to rely on your vehicle's and/or mobile phone's "GPS" when traveling on reserve roads. They are untrustworthy. All points of interest in the Navajo Nation are accessible through paved highways. In addition, most towns have gas stations, food stores, and accommodations available.
Navajo police officers can issue traffic tickets for violations that occur within their jurisdiction. If you're arrested by a Navajo policeman, you will likely be taken to the nearest jail, which is on or near the reservation. The judge who hears cases in tribal court can grant bail, so you won't have to stay in jail long. The maximum penalty for driving under the influence (DUI) on the reservation is one year in prison and a $10,000 fine. More serious offenses may result in greater penalties.
The best way to travel on the reservation is with a group if at all possible. This will ensure that someone knows where you are going and can help you if you get into trouble. Avoid drinking alcohol and using drugs while driving on the reservation; it's not worth the risk.
The Navajo Nation has over 27,000 square miles of breathtaking splendor in Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. Dine Bikeyah, or Navajoland, is greater than ten of America's fifty states.
The Navajo Nation was created by the 1898 Indian Appropriations Act. It is the largest reservation in America by land area. The Navajo Nation extends over 27,000 acres, or about the size of West Virginia. This makes them second only to Alaska as the biggest state-owned reservation in the United States.
There are about 200,000 Native Americans in the United States, and they cover about 5 million acres of land. That's about 1 percent of the total land area of the country. Of that amount, 95 percent are American Indians who live within the borders of seven states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and South Dakota.
Today, there are about 175,000 Navajo people living on the reservation, which is almost one fourth of its original size. About 10,000 other people also live outside the reservation but they have tribal rights.
State law allows for education on the reservation under the supervision of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. There are about 15 high schools with a combined student population of about 3,200 students. The college enrollment is about 7,500.