Natural History and Agriculture
Natural resources have influenced Hubbell Trading Post. When Mr. Hubbell chose this site for his business he recognized the importance of water and set up his business here because the Pueblo Colorado Wash flows through the site.
This 160 acre historic site is surrounded by the Navajo Nation within the Colorado Plateau geographic region in Northeast Arizona at approximately 6300 feet in elevation. The environment is considered high desert and is dominated by Colorado Plateau shrub land and Pinon-Juniper woodland vegetation.
Much of the natural landscape has been manipulated by humans especially since the arrival of European settlers in the mid to late 1800s. These settlers introduced domestic animals including horses, cattle and sheep to this region. Navajo people soon became very adept ranchers and maintained large herds. These herds heavily grazed the landscape, and introduced non-native plant life that competed with the native grasses interspersing alien plant species among native vegetation. In an attempt to protect the herds, coyotes, badgers and foxes were hunted and their numbers greatly reduced.