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TUBA CITY

The Navajo name for Tuba City — Naneesdizí — translates to "Tangled Waters." So named because of below-ground springs that provide water to an otherwise arid Painted Desert, it lies in the western region of the Navajo Nation, not far from the eastern entrance to Grand Canyon National Park. Although Tuba City is predominantly populated by Navajos, it was named for Hopi leader Tuuvi, who invited Mormon pioneers to settle near Moenkopi. Today, the town boasts a number of tourist attractions, including the Explore Navajo Interactive Museum and a series of dinosaur tracks 5 miles west of the city center. And, as with so many Arizona towns, football is the king of high-school sports. The Warriors of Tuba City High School went 3-11 last season. — Kelly Vaughn Kramer


 
FOUNDED
1872
  AREA
8.9 square miles
  ELEVATION
4,960 feet
  COUNTY
Coconino
 

Information: Navajo Nation, www.navajo-nsn.gov; Explore Navajo Interactive Museum, www.explorenavajo.com

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