Wandering Lizard

An online magazine with information related to attractions, lodging, dining,
and travel resources in selected areas of Utah

San Juan County

Navajo Tribal Park

Scholars think that the first humans to arrive in this area were ice age hunters and they arrived sometime between 12,000 and 6,000 B.C. Hunter gathers occupied the area from about 6,000 B.C. until the start of the Christian era. Ancestral Puebloan people lived in the region from about the time of Christ until the fourteenth century when they disappeared. Archeologists assign these people to the Kayenta civilization because of the nature and design of their pottery. Paiute and Ute tribes hunted in the area, but did not take up permanent residence. Soon thereafter, the Navajo people arrived and claimed the region for themselves. Spanish, Mexican, and American military units periodically passed through the region as sovereignty was being contested in the period that led up to the War with Mexico.