Navajo Nation, Park Service To Renegotiate Co-Management Of Rainbow Bridge

Sep 11, 2020

Federal officials and the Navajo Nation are finalizing a one-year extension of an agreement to co-manage Glen Canyon National Recreation Area as they renegotiate the larger deal. 

Rainbow Bridge National Monument
Credit NPS

The National Park Service notified the tribe that it intends to keep the pact, known as the Quadrilateral Agreement. It allows the Navajo Nation to manage tourism at Antelope Point on Lake Powell and Rainbow Bridge National Monument. The highly popular tourist destinations provide vital economic activity to communities in the Western Navajo region.

“The local Navajo communities directly impacted by the Quadrilateral Agreement need this,” says Council Delegate Herman M. Daniels. “The Navajo Nation Council will continue to push for what is fair. On behalf of my local communities, which have artisans and vendors that rely on these rights and privileges being recognized, we look forward to carrying out discussions that will shape a new agreement.”

The National Park Service and Navajo Nation will renegotiate the Quadrilateral Agreement over the next year. It was first established in 1970.