Kayenta, Arizona

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Kayenta (Navajo: Tó Dinéeshzheeʼ) is a census-designated place (CDP) which is part of the Navajo Nation and is in Navajo County, Arizona, United States. The population was 4,922 at the 2000 census. Kayenta is located immediately south of Monument Valley and contains a number of hotels and motels which service visitors to Monument Valley. Like other places within the Navajo Nation, it is illegal to serve alcohol. Arizona does not observe Daylight Time, however the Navajo reservation does.

Kayenta Township is the only municipal-style government within the Navajo Nation. It is regarded as a political sub-division of the Navajo Nation. It is managed by a five-member elected town board, which hires the township manager.

Kayenta is the name for the Chapter, as well as the township. Kayenta Chapter (a political division within the Navajo Nation that is analogous to a county within a state) encompasses land in both Utah and Arizona. Thus, the Navajo Nation's census figures for Kayenta Chapter are significantly different from those of Kayenta proper.



Kayenta is located at 36°42′51″N 110°15′37″W / 36.71417°N 110.26028°W / 36.71417; -110.26028 (36.714065, -110.260383),[1] at an elevation of 5,640 feet (1,719 m).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 13.2 square miles (34.3 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 4,922 people, 1,245 households, and 1,035 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 371.7 people per square mile (143.5/km²). There were 1,472 housing units at an average density of 111.2/sq mi (42.9/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 92.7% Native American, 6.44% White, 0.20% Black or African American, 0.12% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.16% from other races, and 1.32% from two or more races. 0.93% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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