Only Navajo Resort in the World Turns Six on May 25

Only Navajo Resort in the World Turns Six on May 25

Flagstaff’s Only Four-Diamond Resort, Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Makes Billion Dollar Economic Impact on Northern Arizona

Brian Parrish, Interim CEO of The Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise (Navajo Gaming), is pleased to announce Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort’s sixth anniversary on May 25. The AAA Four Diamond resort and casino continues to show strong fiscal returns, employs nearly 500 of the industry’s top talent and together with each of Navajo Gamin’s properties has made a more than $1.19 Billion economic impact on the region.



Navajo Gaming’s newest property celebrates its sixth anniversary throughout the month of May following six years of accolades, successful partnerships with other Navajo Nation enterprises and operational expansions. Throughout the spring and summer, the property will hold fireworks, live music, special events, outdoor concert, a Navajo Art Showcase and t-shirt giveaway.


Native American Showcase

This month’s Native American Showcase continues Friday May 17, 24 and 31 and features more than 25 artists selling their work. Additionally, painter Shonto Begay, Sculptor James Goodman, Navajo Silversmith Tonya June Rafael and Painter/Sculptor Sheldon Harvey will be featured. Drawings for art pieces or cash will occur each Friday from 7 to 10 p.m.


Anniversary Celebration

  • Friday’s in May – Native American Art Showcase and Prize Drawings
  • Saturday’s in May – Jewelry Box Cash/Free Play drawings (up to $500)
  • Friday’s and Saturday’s in May: Live Music at 8 p.m.
    • May 17 and 18: Kung Fu Grip (Top 40, Rock)
    • May 24 and 25: Mike Reeves Band (Country Rock, Variety)
    • May 31 and June 1: Hopi Clansmen (Country)
  • May 245h Anniversary T-shirt giveaway at 1 p.m.  (First-come, first-served)
  • Ongoing Summer Celebrations: Armed Forces Day specials, Memorial Day Hot Seats promotion, 4th of July Fireworks, outdoor concert in August and more.


Parrish shared, “Thank you to our Navajo Gaming Board, the Navajo Nation Council, Office of the President, Office of the Speaker, and Flagstaff community for the support and guidance you’ve given to Navajo Gaming for more than a decade, and thank you for working together to build up and strengthen Twin Arrows so it continues to be a success. We’re proud Twin Arrows was named a top resort by U.S. News and World Report, and very proud that for the 6th year in a row, Twin Arrows is the only four-star resort in Northern Arizona.”


He added, “Throughout May we’ll have the official celebrations, but know that we appreciate and value the support given every day of the year.” 


Twin Arrows Milestones

·                           November 2004: Navajo people vote in favor of gaming

·                           2006: Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise (Navajo Gaming) created by The Navajo Nation

·                           2008 – 2012: Navajo Gaming opens three New Mexico casinos – Fire Rock, Flowing Water and Northern Edge

·                           Memorial Day 2013: Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort opens

o   Twin Arrows employs 700+ people

·                           July 2013: Voted AZ’s Best Casino Resort Destination

o    October 2013: Top Native American Casino Facility – Global Gaming Expo

·                                               May 2014: Twin Arrows expands hotel with 110 additional rooms

o    May 2014: Bingo Series launches

o    June 2014: AAA’s Four Diamond Designation

o    July 2014: Three Green Globes Sustainability Award

o    July 2014: Wine Spectator Award of Excellence – Zenith Steakhouse

o    August 2014: Arizona Indian Gaming Association Culinary Honors – Navajo Beef

o    2014: Navajo Gaming’s Navajo Beef Initiative generates more than $1.2 Million for local Navajo Ranchers

o    January 2015: Arcade opens

·                                               May 2015: Twin Arrows celebrates Second Anniversary

o                    Second consecutive AAA Four Diamond Designation

o                    Expanded and enhanced buffet opens

·       May 2016:  Twin Arrows celebrates Third Anniversary

o   May 2016: Trucker’s Lounge Opens

o   October 2016: Groundbreaking on Fire and Public Safety Building

    • Third consecutive AAA Four Diamond Designation
  • May 2017:  Twin Arrows celebrates Fourth Anniversary
    • Fourth consecutive AAA Four Diamond Designation

o   Travel Center Groundbreaking (TBD)

    • Twin Arrows employs 700+ people
  • May 2018: Twin Celebrates Fifth Anniversary
    • 2018 Best Hotel in Flagstaff by U.S. News & World Report
    • Fifth consecutive AAA Four Diamond Designation
    • 1.19 Billion economic impact together with all of Navajo Gaming

o   Travel Center Groundbreaking

  • May 2019: Twin Celebrates Sixth Anniversary


Twin Arrows location, on the tip of the Navajo Nation near Flagstaff, has facilitated complimentary hospitality and business development – such as the soon to open Travel Center, The Navajo Shopping Centers recent Glittering Mountain project announcement –increased tourism opportunities, improved the region’s infrastructure and provided much needed jobs in Northern Arizona and on the reservation.


As the only Navajo resort in the world, Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort showcases Navajo culture and features more than $500,000 in commissioned Navajo artists’ original paintings and other artworks. The casino offers live entertainment, more than 1,000 slot machines, table games and Bingo. The resort also includes a five-story hotel with 200 lavish rooms and suites, 10,000 square-foot banquet and conference center, fully equipped fitness center, heated indoor pool, video game arcade for kids and five distinct dining concepts. Visit to learn more or book a room.


About Navajo Gaming:

Navajo Gaming (The Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise) is a Navajo Nation wholly-owned business entity created by the Navajo Nation in September 2006. NNGE is authorized by the Navajo Nation to develop and operate Navajo casinos in accordance with federal and Navajo Nation laws, as well as the negotiated Navajo Nation-applicable state compacts (New Mexico and Arizona).


Navajo Gaming opened its first Navajo Casino on November 19, 2008 – Fire Rock Navajo Casino in Church Rock Chapter, near Gallup, New Mexico. The second Navajo Casino opened October 13, 2010 – Flowing Water Navajo Casino in Tsé Daak’áán Chapter, near Shiprock, New Mexico. The third Navajo Casino opened January 16, 2012 – Northern Edge Navajo Casino – in Upper Fruitland Chapter, near Farmington, New Mexico. The fourth Navajo Casino – Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort – is located in Leupp Chapter, near Flagstaff, Arizona. Currently, Navajo Gaming has 1,200 employees.


Navajo Gaming’s vision includes job growth opportunities for Navajos, to continue returning revenue to the Navajo Nation and continue building Navajo Gaming to benefit the Navajo people.

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