Defiance Plateau Trail

Window Rock, Arizona

Defiance Plateau Trail

Defiance Plateau Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Most people who enter the Navajo Nation from the south travel via Indian Road 12, from I-40 to Window Rock. However, a little-known dirt road parallels this paved route to the west, traveling through open forest on Defiance Plateau. The trail is used as a main access to the settlement of Pine Springs and by many Navajo who live on the plateau. Consequently, the route stays open year-round but may be snowcovered in winter and impassable after summer monsoons. In dry weather, it is suitable for high-clearance 2WDs.

Special Attractions: Oak Ridge Fire Lookout Tower; Long trail through open forest along Defiance Plateau; Alternative route to Window Rock from the south. High-clearance vehicles are preferred, but not necessary. This trail is dirt roads, but may have rocks, grades, water crossings, or ruts that make clearance a concern in a normal passenger vehicle. The trail is fairly wide, so that passing is possible at almost any point along the trail. Mud is not a concern under normal weather conditions."

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Trail Information

Window Rock
Nearby City
Trail Type
1.5 hours
Year-round, best dry weather
6,100 feet
Trailhead Elevation
7,800 feet
Top Elevation
Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation
Local Contacts
USGS Burntwater Wash, Pine Springs, Antelope Lake, Joe Woody Well, West of Window Rock, Sanders, Ganado; BLM Sanders, Ganado; and others
Local Maps

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