Hubbell Trading Post: History and Artistry
Affectionately known as Hubbell’s, the Western National Parks Association-operated Hubbell Trading Post is the oldest continuously operating trading post in the American Southwest. Southwest American Indian artisans trade or sell their authentic and high-quality craftworks. For generations, Hubbell’s has been “the” place to buy top-quality Navajo rugs and jewelry. The West’s history, culture, and tradition still live here.
Visiting Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site
Hubbell Trading Post is within the Navajo Nation, which observes Mountain Daylight Saving Time from March through November when Arizona observes Mountain Standard Time. During this time, when it is 1 p.m. in Flagstaff, Arizona, it is 2 p.m. at Hubbell Trading Post.
What to Do at Hubbell’s
Hubbell Trading Post is famous for its curated selection of authentic Navajo rugs and other southwest American Indian arts and crafts. Most visitors are pleasantly surprised to discover how much there is to do here!
Exhibits cover the Hubbell legacy, regional trade history, Navajo culture, and the importance of sheep and weaving to the Navajo. You might see weaver Ruby Hubbard demonstrating her craft.
Purchase a handmade treasure and support local artists and the trading post. Visit the rug room and trader’s office. You might catch trader Edison Eskeets purchase items from the artists.
Rangers lead tours of the Hubbell home. You can walk around the old homestead that houses sheep, horses, chickens, a garden and historic farm buildings.
Find snacks and drinks, including ice cream or a cup of historical Arbuckles’ coffee, and a picnic area where you can enjoy them.
Nearby you can find
- Navajo street food at the Ganado Flea Market 1/2-mile east of Hubbell’s at Highway 264 and south Highway 191.
- Burger King four miles west on Highway 264.
- several sit-down restaurants 35 miles north on Highway 191 in Chinle, Arizona, and 35 miles east on Highway 264 in the Window Rock area.
Lodging and Camping
The nearest hotels are in Chinle and Window Rock on the Navajo Nation and Holbrook, Arizona.
The nearest campgrounds are at Canyon de Chelly National Monument near Chinle.
Continue exploring Hubbell and Navajo culture. Take a tour at these WNPA-recommended destinations.
The Winslow Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center operate out of Hubbell’s former main trading post location along the railroad. The building has remnants of the old trading post.
Take a driving tour to viewpoints with vistas that rival the Grand Canyon. See iconic features White House Ruin and Spider Rock, the spot where the Navajos believe weaving began.
Visit J.L. Hubbell’s childhood home, the Gutiérrez-Hubbell House. It contains antique furnishings and exhibits that reveal more about Hubbell’s family and background.