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Window Rock and Indian Route 12 - 3 members in 3 triplogs have rated this an average 3.3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Sep 20 2017
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81 male
 Joined Feb 17 2010
 Apache Junction,
Window Rock and Indian Route 12Northeast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Scenic Drive avatar Sep 20 2017
AZLumberjackTriplogs 490
Scenic Drive2.00 Miles 330 AEG
Scenic Drive2.00 Miles
330 ft AEG
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Having departed Chama, NM and on my way home, I kept seeing signs pointing to Window Rock. I had read bits and pieces about the area so I decided to take a scenic detour and visit the place.

It was a beautiful, albeit short, drive from NM 491 up and over the mountain to AZ 191, from there just following the road south past those exciting sandstone cliffs and unusually shaped rock formations was a real treat for my tired eyes. I kept following the signs and my GPS until I was on the grounds of the Navajo Indian College, then drove around until I was on the Memorial Grounds. Window Rock is part of a memorial to the WW ll Navajo "Code Talkers" and does not appear to offer any hiking around the immediate area. Unmarked trails do exist but, at the time, I was unaware of them.

The Memorial Park is very well done and maintained and I spent several minutes walking around, reading some of the plaques and taking some photos of the large hole in the rock. This is a kinda nice place to visit if you should already find yourself in the vicinity, but it's a long drive for the limited access to the surrounding area. Access to any of the local areas is severely limited and posted as this is Navajo tribal lands.
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May 03 2008
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71 male
 Joined Feb 12 2002
 Gold Canyon, AZ
Window Rock and Indian Route 12Northeast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Hiking avatar May 03 2008
AZLOT69Triplogs 2,011
Hiking2.00 Miles 330 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles
330 ft AEG
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Roadtrip, hitting a few places on my trek north.
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Jul 22 2007
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49 female
 Joined Apr 02 2007
 Scottsdale, AZ
Window Rock and Indian Route 12Northeast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 22 2007
Crzy4AZTriplogs 606
Hiking3.00 Miles 330 AEG
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330 ft AEG
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In the hike write-up, I didn't explain it well that after we gave up trying to get into the opening (which isn't part of an official trail anyway) - - we went back to the well worn path and continued another 1/4 mile to another spur to the right where we found the hand holds leading up to the scenic view.
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