Memorial Day Weekend 2019

We salute armed services veterans on the Navajo Nation and across the U.S. today, Memorial Day 2019, and those who paid the ultimate price fighting for and defending the freedoms we enjoy today.

Winslow’s McHood State Park establishes new fees
Officials posted a new fee schedule for this season at Winslow’s McHood State Park (Clear Creek). The park, operated by the city of Winslow five miles south of Winslow on State Route 99, is composed of land on both sides of Clear Creek.

There are ramadas for cooking and large group activities, campsites, a small playground, and the creek itself is popular for swimming and fishing.

The fees are as follows:
– Large ramada (a three-hour reservation) — $50. There is a cleaning and security deposit of $50 as well.
– Small ramada (a three-hour reservation — $20. Cleaning and security deposit is $20.
– Overnight camping (no hook-ups) — $15 per night.
– Day pass — $7 per vehicle.
– Annual pass (residents) — $40 (per vehicle).
– Annual pass (non-residents) — $100.

Treaty of 1868 recognition
The eighth-annual Recognizing the Signing of the Treaty of 1868 will be on Saturday, June 1, in Fort Defiance, Arizona at the Bureau of Indian Affairs compound, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. A Treaty Day Awareness Walk will depart from the Window Rock, Arizona, Quality Inn parking lot at 10:00 a.m.

Information: Nicole Walker, (505) 339-8861

A Treaty Day Gourd Dance will be held the preceding evening, Friday, May 31, at the Fort Defiance Chapter House, 5:00 p.m. The Gourd Dance is a man’s dance honoring all warriors and veterans.

Navajo Nation Zoo
The Navajo Nation Zoo and Botanical Gardens is the only Native American-owned and operated zoo in the United States. It is a quiet place to reflect and houses more than 50 species native to the Navajo Nation and the Southwest.

There are several annual festivals including Zoofest every June, the Halloween ZooBoo every October, and in January – winter stories and songs “Serenading Our Sacred Animals.”

The zoo has a 4,000 square foot Golden Eagle Sanctuary and Education Center providing a quiet, tranquil environment for injured and non-releasable golden eagles.

Most of the zoo’s animals are unable to live in the wild, housed at the zoo and provided professional care daily.

If you go:

The Navajo Nation Zoo and Botanical Gardens is located on the north side of Highway 264 in Window Rock within walking distance of the Quality Inn and tha Navajo Nation Museum and Library.

The zoo is open Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is open most holidays. Admission is FREE.

Information: (928) 871-6574