Rather than sticking to Interstate 40 we took an off-beat road Leupp AZ, Ganado AZ and Window Rock AZ to go through the Navajo Nation. We joined I-40 again in Gallup NM. We chose Leupp to convince our GPS gadgets that this was the road we wanted to use.
While on this road we found a great dome building. It is the Birdsprings Dome used by the Navajo Nation as a meeting place. It seemed to be out in the middle of nowhere but there it was.
The views on this two lane road were spectacular. We could have been in a covered wagon. Fortunately, we had a nice road, car and gas stations. We’re just too civilized.
In Ganado we stopped at a real trading post…not a tourist trap! It is an active trading post still in use. It is call the Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site. Try saying that quickly 20 times! There is a ranger station with a modest museum. We got a hoot looking at the sheep, goats, horses, chickens and a friendly turkey.
As we approached Gallup we realized we had been on the Devil’s Highway (666). Check out that sign. Yes, the name was changed.