Promoting responsible travel requires exploring the practice of sustainability in all environments we encounter. Ultimately, we want our travel guests to make positive impacts in the space they find themselves with efforts to maintain the integrity of local cultural heritage and the natural environment. When you visit the Navajo Nation area keep these 7 tips in mind.
1. Leave it be. Don’t take rocks or disturb rock formations. They are unique. Let’s preserve their uniqueness in every way.
2. It’s about tranquility and respect. Keep the noise to a minimum. If you need to cross a gate, close it behind you. You are most likely hiking through a ranch and you do not want to set free any livestock. Respect signs that say no trespassing.
3. Hiking etiquette. Let’s hike the right way. Stay on paths unless directed by your guide. Be conscious of your surroundings. Keep your footing away from vegetation, because native plant root systems anchor soil and prevent erosion.
4. It’s about attitude not technology. Be creative and capture those memorable moments, but don’t forget to also absorb this majesty and magic without the technology.
5. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Have a reusable water bottle and shopping bag. A shopping bag and water bottle will help curb your carbon footprint while traveling the Navajo Nation reservation.
6. Ask before you click. Ask permission before taking photographs of locals. Strike up a conversation, because storying breaks down walls of fear and just so you know, the Navajo philosophy of learning is sustained from storying.
7. Buy local. The Navajo Nation reservation has many local vendors selling authentic items. For many, this is their everyday income. Negotiating the price of a product is discouraged because many items already have a markup value less than 5%. We don’t recommend paying for photos, but exchanges are great!