Navajo Country, by Donald L. Baars, was published by the University of New Mexico Press in 1995. This book is an introduction to the geology of the southern Colorado Plateau. It explores the country roughly encompassed by the Navajo Nation in the Four Corners region of the American Southwest. Navajo Country is a land of rock, little water, sparse vegetation, and breathtaking beauty, embellished by some of America’s most remarkable geographic formations, such as the Grand Canyon, Marble Canyon, Monument Valley, Valley of the Gods, the Totem Pole, Canyon de Chelly, Shiprock, Spider Rock, Church Rock, and many others.
The Navajo Tribe settled this region five hundred years ago. They defined the boundaries of their homeland by the Four Sacred Mountains. Over the centuries, this rugged, beautiful country helped shape Navajo mythology, legend, and identity. Likewise, the American people have incorporated the spectacular geography of Navajo country into their own national mythology.