"Cameron, AZ on the Navajo Nation" Cameron by SedonaDee

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Cameron Trading Post

Cameron, AZ is a small town located on US Route 89 about 50 miles north of Flagstaff, and is a mile or two north of where AZ Route 64 and US Route 89 meet. Many tourists pass through it if traveling between Flagstaff and Lake Powell, or on the way to the eastern or northern parts of the Grand Canyon. Due to this, it is a busy town for its size of about 18.5 square miles. 978 people were counted as residents there in the 2000 U.S. Census. Of that population, about 95% were Native Americans, which makes sense since it is situated on the Navajo Nation lands. Cameron sits at an elevation of 4,216 miles.

We recently went through Cameron coming and going to Lake Powell, for our first visit there. It really is the only significant town between Flagstaff and Page. We didn't have time to stop while going north, but made a short stop heading back home again to check out Cameron Trading Post.

There are several roadside stands leading into and out of Cameron that the Native Americans use to sell their jewelry, rugs, and other handmade crafts. Some of the stands were empty, but a few had several tourists looking for authentic souvenirs or gifts.

Cameron Trading Post is made of stone and wood in a pueblo-style. The Trading Post, a restaurant, a lodge, and a gallery are all built close together off the main parking lot. This is the main part of the town, as I didn't see any other hotels, shops, etc. in the area. It is nearby to the Little Colorado River, and there are many deep and interesting gorges that add to the unique scenery.

My memory of Cameron is of dusty wind, red sandstone earth surroundings, a dearth of greenery or trees, the hot sun beating down, but an interesting and simple beauty that made you happy you were a visitor to this little spot on earth. It was first established in 1916 by Native Americans and was named for one of Arizona's early Senators, Ralph Cameron.

The Trading Post had a large shop filled with Native American jewelry, handicrafts, Navajo hand-made rugs, sand paintings, dolls, baskets, and other handicrafts. Of course, there were also the ubiquitous t-shirts, postcards and other inexpensive souvenirs. A nice sized restaurant with a huge fireplace is located off the shop. We did not eat there, but it was reasonably priced, and a menu with a mixture of Native American, Mexican, and all American dishes. No alcohol is served. It is open from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Navajo Rugs

These beautiful Navajo rugs & blankets are my favorite part of the Trading Post. Most of these are comtemporary, with the nearby Gallery having some historic and more expensive rugs. To learn more about authentic Navajo rugs, you may be interested in more detailed information. If you just love the colors and designs, as I do, and want to take home a beautiful momento, choose to your heart's delight. If, however, you are more interested in a wise investment in a beautiful piece of art, as many are, it is best to educate yourself at length about this intricate, useful, and ancient form of art.

Cameron Trading Post Lodge

This rustic southwest-style lodge (hotel) located next to the Cameron Trading Post is only 30 minutes from the Grand Canyon and 80 miles to Lake Powell, so a convenient overnight stop if you are on your way to either place. I did not stay there, so will not write a "hotel review", but I did get some information for those of you who would like to try it out.

2008 Rates
Jan - Feb room rates range from $59 - $129 + tax.
Mar - May room rates range from $79 - $159 + tax
June - Oct 19 room rates range from $99 - 179 + tax
Oct 20 - Dec room rates range from $69 - $129 + tax

They give a Discount of 10% for AAA or AARP. Non-smoking rooms are available. There is a $15 charge for pets. Motel Reservations By Phone: 1-800-338-7385.

There are beautifully manicured gardens, designed in the 1930's, in front of the motel leading down to the river. Roses, petunias, and daisies were blooming when I visited, and there were lovely shady trees to stroll amongst.

The Cameron Trading Post Lodge also manages R.V. Sites with full hook-ups for electric, sewage, water, but no public restrooms or showers are available. The 2008 Rates for the R.V. Sites is $15+tax/night, $65+tax/week, or $200+tax/month. For reservations or more information, call 1-800-338-7385. Fax: 928-679-2350.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Unique southwest scenery. Reasonably priced acccommodations. Historic Trading Post & Gallery. Convenient stop before Lake Powell or Grand Canyon.
  • Cons:Dry, hot, & dusty!
  • Last visit to Cameron: Jun 2008
  • Intro Updated Jun 18, 2008
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