Tuba City is located in the western part of the Navajo Nation, near the Grand Canyon. Which is called To’naeedizi(tangled water) for it’s many springs. It is the largest Navajo Reservation community. It goes back 200 years ago. Father Fransisco visited the area in 1776. It’s a hot, dusty location with an interesting history. It started as a Mormon colony, with protection and company provided by a nearby Hopi colony, the little village of Moenkopi. Navajos sued to remove the Mormons, who were illegally camping on Navajo land, and took over the town. The resulting community is an interesting fusion of Navajo and Hopi cultures.
There are two motels in town to serve the traveler, and a shopping center with a Basha’s Dine Markets supermarket, a pizza joint(Pizza Edge), a Chinese restaurant, and other stores. The Tuba Trading Post is still open for business, and the old Tuba City boarding school recalls the joy and hardship of the boarding school era for the Indians.