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Lowerpoint Road, State Hwy 371
Crownpoint NM 87313

Phone: 505.387.7401
Fax: 505.786.5644

 

Chinle Instructional Site
PO Box 849, Chinle AZ, 86503
Phone: 928.674.5764
Fax: 928.674.5700

 

Teec Nos Pos Instructional Site
PO Box 1203, Teec Nos Pos, AZ 86514
Phone: 928.656.3600
Fax: 928.656.3596

 

Bond Wilson Technical Center
40 Road 6580, Kirtland, NM 87417
Phone: 505.609.5020/5017

 

Zuni Instructional Site
67 301 North, Zuni, NM 87327
Phone: 505.782.6010

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The identified trails network was named after the four original Diné clans: Kin yaa’áanii Trail, Honághááhnii Trail, Tó dích’íinii Trail, and Hashtl’ishnii Trail.

CROWNPOINT, NM – Two years of community input crafted the outline for the K’é Community Trails network, a project spearheaded by the Crownpoint Chapter and Navajo Technical University in collaboration with the National Park Service. Organizers are now seeking feedback from trail users to review the plan and provide final recommendation.

The network consists of four pathways in town that were formed naturally over time from pedestrians walking to and from various community destinations, such as the chapter house, grocery store, or one of Crownpoint’s five educational institutions. Each pathway varies in length and difficulty, but each encourages outdoor, physical activity, and places to experience Crownpoint’s beautiful, natural landscapes. The main goal of the K’é Community Trails network is to improve quality of life through better walking, biking, and running pathways, a healthier community, and sense of place.

The four identified pathways the project will seek to formalize, include: an informal trail south of West Mesa housing by Crownpoint High; the old BIA school’s track; and the pathways between NTU and Diné College. Teepee Trail, the adventure trail heading south of Crownpoint into the mesas, will also be included in the network. Organizers are planning on rebranding each trail based on the four original Navajo clans: Kin yaa’áanii Trail, Honághááhnii Trail, Tó dích’íinii Trail, and Hashtl’ishnii Trail.

Data that helped inform the plan was collected over survey, mapping exercises, and focus groups. Online work sessions were also made available after COVID-19 made contact with the Navajo Nation in March. The information collected helped identify each trail while providing suggestions for amenities and improvements.

A community park, for example, is suggested for the old BIA school’s track while improving the surfacing to function in all weather, perhaps rubberized. Elders within the community identified the track as a safe place to exercise given its flat surface. The idea is to encourage the space to be designed for intergenerational family use.

Technology was encouraged to be incorporated into the trail network to inform trails users about the region’s unique history, which layers Diné livelihood with Chaco culture in present times. Augmented reality (AR) was planned into each trail to educate the public about the area’s landscapes, flora and fauna, and traditional stories associated with each. Historic structures, such as hogans, appear along the trail network and will be highlighted through AR technology for historic preservation purposes.

Attila Bality of the National Park Service (right) and Leonard Perry document a historic hogan structure along Tó dích’íinii Trail/Teepee Trail.

Other suggestions for the network include wayfinding and directional signage, benches and shade structures, and low impact solar lighting along certain routes.

To request a packet for feedback on the proposed K’é Community Trails network, please email Daniel Vandever at dvandever@navajotech.edu. You can also pick up hard copies of the packet at the Crownpoint Chapter or in flyer boxes along each trail. Find out more on the project’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/KeCommunityTrails.

Contact NTU

Navajo Technical University
Lowerpoint Road, State Hwy 371
Crownpoint, NM 87313

Phone: 505.387.7401
Fax: 505.786.5644


Chinle Instructional Site
PO Box 849, Chinle, AZ 86503

Phone: 928.674.5764
Fax: 928.674.5700


Teec Nos Pos Instructional Site
PO Box 1203, Teec Nos Pos, AZ 86514

Phone: 928.656.3600
Fax: 928.656.3596


Bond Wilson Technical Center
40 Road 6580
Kirtland, NM 87417
(505) 609-5020/5017
(Located off of Highway 64 next to Judy Nelson Elementary School in Kirtland, NM)


Zuni Instructional Site
67 301 North, Zuni, NM 87327

Phone: 505.782.6010