Our unique home will provide a once in a life time off-the-grid experience. Located in a secluded and remote location of the Western Navajo Nation, our home is easily accessible to local restaurants, stores, and not far from two natural wonders, the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley.
Our one room earth home is called a hogan. The accommodation is very basic with minimalist essentials for camping, no electricity or running water (we provide 5 gallons of water). It is located along the Little Colorado River and is 29 miles east of the Grand Canyon and a 1-hour drive north of Flagstaff.
It is on the family homestead of my grandmother's summer sheep camp.
We can accommodate 1 -3 guests based on your reservation request. Comfortable accommodations for two are shown in the pictures, however, we have an additional cot for a third guest when reserved at booking for a small additional fee.
Navajo Nation Law: NO ALCOHOL OR DRUGS allowed on our property
Cellular Services: Be prepared for cell phone service to be very limited on Navajo Nation depending on your provider.
March-November Reservations: Navajo Nation recognizes Day Light Savings Time, however I use Pacific Standard Time (Same time as Phoenix) to avoid the confusion for all our guests.
November-March: Arizona is on Mountain Standard timezone.
Check In: Follow the descriptive directions provided in the House Manual when reservation is confirmed.
During your stay: I or co-host will be available by text/call for any questions you may have during your stay.
MAY-OCTOBER-As stated in the
AIRBNB profile, it is hot during the day and warm at night. This is a normal summer night time temperature. It will get cooler in the early morning which is normal for summer nights. Expect summer temperatures to be over 100 degrees during the day and as low as 70 degrees at night. Please check the weather and temperatures before booking if you are not use to the Arizona heat.Best time to check in is at 7:30 PM.
JULY & AUGUST••••Please be aware that the dirt road conditions and river can be altered by unpredictable southwest monsoon weather including the rainstorms and flooding that would result in possible cancellation for your safety.
NOVEMBER-MAY-Temperature are colder and a wood stove will need to be used to keep warm.
Outhouse: There is no plumbing, a short brisk walk to an outhouse is available. Outhouse is located north of the hogan.
Lights: Flashlights will be on each bed for your use during your stay. Please use it all times after sunset. You are in the southwest where desert reptiles do live. A battery operated lantern is provided for indoor use.
Parking: You can park near the hogan as well as in front of the hogan.
Cooking: Firewood is provided for the use of the large stove outside near the shade shack.
Cast Iron Wood Burning Stove: The indoor stove has been placed back inside the hogan for winter season. We provide kindling, newspaper, lighter and firewood. It will be your responsibility to keep the fire going throughout the night for warmth.
Water: There is no running water, however, a 5-gallon water jug will be provided for your use such as drinking, bathing and washing dishes.
Beds: Each cot has a set of sheets (fitted, flat, pillowcase) pillow, and a wool blanket.
Pets: If you are traveling with a pet, please do not allow your pet on the wool blanket.
Wildlife: Coyotes howl around 2am-4am, they are harmless. Occasionally there are foxes, porcupines, antelope and rabbits.
Domestic: Horses and cattle roam near the homestead to graze.
The dirt road is a common road and used by locals so you will hears cars driving by day and night.
Lastly the home you will be staying in is a home. It is a very old and traditional structure built by our family. No etching in the logs or deconstruction or vandalism is allowed. Many ceremonies have taken place and many blessings/songs have been performed here to maintain balance and harmony with Mother Earth. Please be respectful as we would like to continue to allow travelers and tourist to have a good experience staying in a hogan.
Besides myself and my family only a few minutes away, the next neighbors are 15-20 miles further up the road. The only local neighbors are the coyotes, foxes, horses, cattle and birds. Occasionally an antelope will graze early in the mornings.
Such a cool and unique place to stay! Loved it.William2020-03-06T00:00:00Z
Shanna’s Hogan is incredible for those wanting to experience Navajo Nation. The home was clean, had thoughtful touches and stayed warm throughout the night. We didn’t have any trouble finding it and hope to return again one day. Definitely stay here if you are considering it!Joseph2020-03-02T00:00:00Z
The hogan is beautifully clean and well-provisioned and opens to a stupendous night sky. I was worried about being warm enough in February, but Shanna helped me start the fire and it was toasty inside (and cold but not crazy cold outside). I was surprised there was electricity (solar battery) to charge my phone and LED lights inside. Not hard to find, but know when you see a mound-like building on the left, THAT'S IT. Not many other buildings around. Shanna is deservedly a superhost with a great space to offer.Deirdre2020-03-01T00:00:00Z
Absolutely loved our stay at this little place! Such a fantastic cultural experience would definitely recommend staying here for a night if you’re going to the Grand Canyon. The fire inside keeps the place very warm you just have to keep it going in the night during winter!Rosanna2020-02-28T00:00:00Z
Me and my husband loved this place! This is an unique experience you can have in the desert! Place is very cozy, we stayed warm all night with fire pit. You can find all the essentials you need, clean towels, soap, toilet paper, plates, utensils etc. Even though there is no electricity, we had LED lamps which running on battery. We met Shanna’s mom, she was very nice. Shanna responded quickly and was ok with our late check in. I highly recommend this place for those who want their trip memorable.Anastasia2020-02-27T00:00:00Z
I hesitated to face the cold and the desert but I was looking for an authentic moment in Indian land. I do not regret ! The landscapes are sumptuous, the stove very efficient, the magic moment. The opportunity to savor the tranquility and the particularity of these places in the middle of a frantic roadtrip. The reception is attentive and attentive. I recommendKarine2020-02-26T00:00:00Z
Beautiful hogan. Had a great stay!Kemal2020-02-17T00:00:00Z
If you’re looking for a memorable stay that’s meaningful and outside the norm, Shanna and her family’s hogan is a great pick. My husband and I won’t forget our stay here anytime soon! When we first arrived around sunset, we met Shanna’s mom, who told us stories about the hogan and the land the hogan was built on. Having more context about this special space and what it means to Shanna’s family meant a lot to us and made our stay feel like an honor. Later we met Shanna when she brought us more firewood and she was also super kind and accommodating. We stayed in February when it was about 30 - 40 degrees at night. We did worry about getting chilly, but we built the stove fire up enough that we actually got a little hot after a while. After the fire died down, though, the hogan felt super cozy. The stars are no joke here — it’s worth it to stay here just to see the Milky Way overhead. We got up to see the sunrise and it was equally beautiful.Molly2020-02-13T00:00:00Z
Cameron, AZ, United States