Hubbell Trading Post – A Photo Essay

Hubbell Trading Post NHS

Hubbell Trading Post NHS © 2010 Bo Mackison

I was going to move on to Mesa Verde, but then I found another catalog of photos taken of the exterior of Hubbell Trading Post NHS and also of Canyon de Chelly National Monument. So today I’m posting the last of Hubbell — honest! — and tomorrow I will do just a few of the Canyon. We were only able to spend a few hours at de Chelly, so I have only the most basic of road side shots, but for anyone who has never seen those glorious red canyons, they deserve to be seen.

Stockades at Hubbell Trading Post

Stockades at Hubbell Trading Post © 2010 Bo Mackison

All the while we were walking around the Hubbell Trading Post, I felt like I was in a different era. Half expected to see a trading expedition come in. But no, mostly just the ghosts of the past, and a few, very talented Navajo artists who exhibit and sell their art at the Post.

Trading Post

Trading Post © 2010 Bo Mackison

So, when the pace of today gets too much, and you vow you want to return to a simpler life, take a visit (or a photo visit) to Hubbell Trading Post NHS in northern Arizona. You’ll either yearn for the olden days — or be more appreciative of some of the things that make your life a heck of a lot easier.

About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. I enjoyed your pictures. very beautiful. and i’ll be sure to change the address on my blong rool because of the changes..

  2. I have been to the Hubbell Trading Post many years ago. I really enjoyed your photos of it and the accompanying narrative!

  3. Joanne Keevers says:

    Photos such as these definitely make me yearn for the olden days., Bo. The rustic wooden fencing and stonework is most appealing! I’m sure the ghosts of the past are pleased with the preservation of their building. 🙂

  4. I’ve been enjoying the posts of the Hubbell Trading Post. Some great individual photos and as a group just plain interesting. However, I think I’ll keep the current days. I like my beer cold on those hot summer days. 🙂

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