The Navajo Nation is requiring a $5.00 per person fee for hikers, or $10 fee for groups of 2 - 10 hikers. This includes any
hiking in the Navajo Nation backcountry, including many slot canyons.
Contact the Ranger Headquarters in Cameron, AZ (928-679-2303) to find out where permits can be purchased. The permits, however, do not entitle you to hike on individually owned land. Many slot canyons are on private land and you
must pay a fee to the owner. These fees can be unreasonable and detour many hikers from the area. Land owners often tell you that if you purchase their pass, you do not have to pay the Navajo Nation fees. This may be correct,
but it is questionable. You should check with the rangers.
Navajo Nation laws were not always enforced in the past, but they are being enforced more thoroughly today.
Please note: Navajo Mountain is sacred to Navajo People and should not be trespassed upon by hikers and climbers.
Contact the Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation Department:
P.O. Box 9000
Window Rock, AZ 86515
Phone: (928) 871-6647
Cameron Visitor Center
P.O. Box 549
Cameron, AZ 86020
Phone: (928) 679-2303
Some tour operators have agreements with Navajo landowners and can take you into the canyons with little of the confusion you may face dealing with the owners on your own. A good place to check on available tours is the Powell
Museum and Visitor Center in Page, Arizona.