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Rug Auction

The viewing of rugs starts at 4:00 pm and goes to 6:30. The auction starts at 7:00 pm. The auctions end around 10:00 pm

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January 10
February 14
March 14
April 11
May 09
June 13
July 11
August 08
September 12
October 10
November 14
December 12

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The Explore Navajo
Interactive Museum

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Ya'at'eeh (Welcome)

Navajo weavers and Crownpoint community members have formed a new weavers' association to continue the historic tradition of selling Navajo rugs at auction in Crownpoint, New Mexico.

The first New Crownpoint Rug Auction will be held at the Crownpoint Elementary School. Weavers may submit their rugs and vendors may set up beginning at 4:00 pm, rug submissions will end at 6:30 pm, and the auction will begin at 7:00 pm. Navajo tacos and other food will be available to purchase at the auction.

Auution Biding Photo by Anne Galer

Auction Bidding Wayne Connell Auctioneer - Photo by Anne Galer

New arrangements for paying weavers are in place to ensure payment for sold rugs. Buyers are welcome to inspect the all-wool, handmade Navajo rugs starting at 4:00 pm in the Elementary School gym.

Crownpoint is located north of I-40 (Thoreau exit #53) on state highway 371. Please email questions or requests for more information to

Contact phone number is 505 879-9460

The New Crownpoint Rug Auction welcomes back weavers, vendors and buyers. Come help continue our tradition.

We are the main rug auction and craft sale on the Navajo Reservation. Leave behind the usual tourist fare and see hundreds of exquisite handmade Navajo rugs. Our tribe's rugs are world famous, and New Mexico is beautiful!|
Before the actual auction, you can hold rugs in your hands and appreciate them up close. Some sell for $50 or less, and some sell for thousands of dollars. Even if you don't buy anything, you are in for a treat. No two rugs are alike!!


Rug Viewing - Photo by Anne Galer

Rug Viewing - Photo by Anne Galer

Before and during the auction, a truly large number of Native American crafts people have their wares on sale. You will be astounded at the jewelry, pottery, beadwork, and other items. Many pieces of jewelry, for example, are on sale for $5. You would have to pay two or three times more to purchase the same items elsewhere.

Sorry, we cannot accept personal checks from the outside of the United States

Vendor space fees are 4 by 3 foot $15.00, 5 by 3 foot $20.00
You provide your own tables and chairs.
Setup around 3:30 p.m.

Both the rugs and the crafts are major sources of income for our tribe. If you purchase any of these, you will be doing yourself and us a favor.

Weavers waiting for auction to begin. - Photo by Anne Galer

Weavers waiting for auction to begin. - Photo by Anne Galer

Where to Stay

Their is no lodging in Crownpoint.
You can stay in you RV in front of the auction at the school for free.

Motel accommodations are available just off of I-40 in Gallup (50 miles west of Thoreau) and Grants (30 miles east of Thoreau)
Note: Train whistles run all night every 30 minutes in Gallup and Grant.

I always stay at the Window Rock Quality Inn Navajo Nation Capital.
(No train noise.)

The following motels are found in Gallup, Grants, and Farmington: Holiday Inn, Super 8, Best Western, Holiday Inn Express, Motel 6, etc.

Location: New Crownpoint Elementary School