Safety

Safety at Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site

WEATHER: Summer and Winter
Climate change is affecting every parts of the world, and Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site is affected as well. Please be prepared when you travel on the Navajo reservation. Call ahead for weather conditions.

Summer monsoons come fast and furious, causing flash floods, and lightening. Stay out of arroyos and take cover in your vehicle if you get caught in a flash flood. Winter brings snow, and freezing temperatures in the open.

Here are some tips from Hubbell Trading Post while visiting your national parks:
=> Make sure you have your vehicle checked before you travel
=> Be patient (don't speed or follow too closely)
=> Bring extra water and food, and blankets during the winter
=> Build extra travel time into your schedule
=> Cellular phone coverage can be non-existence in some areas
=> Do not travel on dirt roads when it's wet
=> Do not drink and drive
=> And always, make sure you and your passengers are buckled in.
 
prairie dog
Prairie Dog at Hubbell

NPS Photo LHenio

WILDLIFE SAFETY:

Gunnison's Prairie Dog

When walking around the grounds of Hubbell Trading Post NHS, please watch where you step. Hubbell Trading Post has a healthy population of Gunnison's Prairie dogs. Prairie dogs are burrowing rodents that can dig holes with an opening the size of a softball. They have yellowish fur, a barklike call, and live in large communities.

A person can break a leg or an ankle if they step into a hole.

 
Baby prairie rattlesnake on the back steps of the visitor center
Baby prairie rattlesnake on the back steps of the visitor center.

NPS Photo - LHenio

Reptiles: Rattle and Gopher Snakes

They can be seen around the grounds of Hubbell Trading Post. Do not pick them up or harass them in anyway as they can strike at you when they feel threatened. Prairie Rattlesnake and Gopher Snakes often look alike with the exception of the rattles. If you come across one, please let a Park Ranger know of its location so the snake can be relocated to another part of the park.

Last updated: April 19, 2016

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site
P.O. Box 150

Ganado, AZ 86505-0150

Phone:

(928) 755-3475

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