Canyon Descents of the Navajo Nation
The Navajo Nation is a vast desert of largely featureless terrain. The northwest extent, however, holds some of the finest and most challenging slot canyons in the United States. Many slots here remain undescended, and nearly all are poorly documented or completely undocumented.
My wife and I, sometimes with friends, have completed multiple first descents and multiple first documentations, with some of the first re-documentations in 15+ years in the canyons of the Navajo Nation.
It's illegal for non-native persons to visit backcountry sites on 'The Rez', and the only reason I've been able to do so is because I've spent years living on the Navajo Nation and have local connections.
Canyons are sometimes done illegally here, which I would absolutely not recommend. Do not poach these canyons. Not only is it disrespectful to the local populations, but your vehicle may be deliberately vandalized, and you will further ruin the relationship between canyoneers and the local people.
There've been several major rescues of outsiders in remote locations on the Navajo Nation by overwhelmed and undertrained locals. The locals are, understandably, eager to prevent further uncomfortable situations.
For these reasons, to the best of my knowledge, I'm the only canyoneer that has both lived on and actively pursued canyons on the Rez.