Big Reservation, Arizona, New Mexico & Utah

Encyclopedia Article


The term Big Reservation refers to the Navajo Reservation or the Navajo Nation as it has been called since 1969. The Navajo Nation covers 27,425 square miles of territory, covering portions of northeastern Arizona, southeastern Utah, and northwestern New Mexico. It is the largest land area that is primarily governed by a Native American tribe.

Photo Credit: 

"Navajo Nation, near Red Rock, 1981," photograph by Stephen E. Strom, Stephen Strom Photograph Collection (PICT 2012-009-0028), Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico. All rights reserved, use with permission only.