Saturday, April 29, 2017

Teec Nos Pos Trading Post - April 2017

On my way home from south central Utah early this month, I finally figured out how to find the two-lane highway between Montezuma Creek, UT and Red Mesa, AZ, as it is not marked. This pleased me as it is a shorter and more scenic alternative to the route I previously drove. Plus gasoline has been less expensive in AZ than in UT the last several trips.

View from the trading post south across the highway.

Trading post entrance as seen from the gas pumps. If you look carefully, above the pickup truck and below the roof line of the building, you will see the border decoration of the largest of the murals.

I stopped at the Teec Nos Pos Trading Post for some of that gas. One walks though a walled patio area to reach the restrooms. After that much needed pit stop I was able to look around on my way back through the patio area. I noticed these rather striking murals on the outside wall of the trading post. One was signed by Spencer "Da Painter". I had my phone in my pocket and took photos of each of the panels. I've included those photos, below. As I recall, the square murals are about 5 feet on a side; the large triptych is about 15 feet wide.

Click on a photo to see larger versions. Highly recommended.

I wasn't feeling all that well, so didn't explore the trading post. I intend to do that on another trip especially as their website makes me feel it would be worth a stop. The name Teec Nos Pos (pronounced Tease-Nhas-phas according to the aforementioned website) will be familiar to fans of Tony Hillerman's novels that take place on the Navajo Nation. The trading post was established in 1905 and Navajo name translates as "cottonwoods in a circle".

This triptych is much wider than the others. It is closest to the trading post front door.

I was returning home from an adventure with friends on the White Rim Trail in Canyonlands National Park. I will post that story, with photos, before too long - hopefully.

Thanks for reading.


  1. These are lovely Bill... I do remember the trading post from my reading of Tony Hillerman. thanks for the reminder!

    1. Thanks, Claudette. I was quite delighted to "discover" the murals and knew instantly I wanted to share them with folks on my blog.


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