Carrizo Mountains, Arizona

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This an isolated mountain range of extinct volcanoes located in northeastern Arizona within the Navajo Reservation. These mountains are part of the Chuska-Tunicha-Lukachukai-Carrizo mountain chain, the highest peak of which is Pastora Peak. In Spanish, “Carrizo” means “Reed Grass,” whereas the Navajo word for this mountain range is Dził Náhooziłii, which means “Mountain that Gropes Around.” These mountains constitute the lower extremities of the Navajo mythological being Yódí Dziil (Wealth Mountain), whose enormous prone body is comprised of the linked chains of mountains listed above.

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