Kirtland Homes for Sale and Real Estate

Area Description

Kirtland is a small town located west of Farmington with a population of 7,689. Kirtland was founded in the early 1880s by Latter-day Saint settlers who named it after Kirtland, Ohio. There had been a few Latter-day Saints who had settled in Fruitland as early as 1878. An LDS meetinghouse was dedicated in Kirtland by Heber J. Grant in 1928. Another Latter-day Saint settlement of these early days was Waterflow, just west of Fruitland, which appears on maps to this day.

Waterflow is an unincorporated community in San Juan County, New Mexico, United States on the north side of the San Juan River. It is immediately west of Fruitland and north across the river from the Navajo Indian Reservation. It is east of Shiprock. Waterflow is a high desert valley with the highest point being a geological hogback called "Hogback". The San Juan River and Shumway Arroyo are important water resources in the area. The area now known as Waterflow is traditional Navajo territory. This place was called Chʼį́įdii Łichííʼ (Red Devil) in reference to Walter Stallings who operated a trading post in the area; nowadays, Tséyaa Akʼahí (beneath-rock oil) seems to be another designation in reference to the nearby oil fields, as can be seen on billboards in the area. In 2000, Waterflow reported a total population of 1,606 people. Waterflow lies between two coal-fired power plants and southwest of a large coal mine. The area also has many oil wells.

Area Highlights

The Neighbors

Unincorporated community with a small town feel – part of the Navajo Indian Reservation


A true Western community driven by farming, ranching and the coal industry


Outdoors, events and festivals, amazing shopping and scenic experiences

You'll Love

The Northern Navajo Nation Fair held in the Fall, the Four Corners Monument with handmade Navajo jewelry, crafts and traditional foods nearby; Shiprock Marathon – now in its’ 33rd year

Perfect For

Shopping, events, recreation

Around the Area

Annual area events include the Northern Navajo Nation Fair which is the oldest and most traditional of the Navajo Fairs. Held each Fall in the Navajo Land where the Navajo people of the Four Corners come to celebrate the year’s harvest. The event includes a community celebration with a parade, fair, rodeo, arts & crafts, Pow Wow and traditional song and dance at the Fairgrounds in Shiprock, NM.  For runners, the Shiprock Marathon has been hosted here annually for the past 32 years. The marathon, half marathon, and marathon relay pass right by Tsé Bit'a'í on their way to the town of Shiprock where the run ends. From its simple beginning in 1984, the marathon has grown to include over 1,500 runners. It is a USATF-certified event (#NM14011JF), and may be run to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

Outdoor experiences are prevalent! The Four Corners Monument  is the only place in the United States where four states: Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado, intersect at one point. This location is very remote and the Visitor Center is open year round, and features a Demonstration Center with Navajo artisans. Shiprock  is named after a giant rock formation and is one of the largest communities on the Navajo Nation and the largest Native American tribe in the country. It is one of New Mexico's most iconic landmarks. Shiprock is known to the Navajo as "Tsé Bit' A'í", or rock with wings. Its peak elevation is 7,177 feet (2,187.5 m) above sea level, and is at the center of three volcanic pressure ridges that pushed the rock skyward millenniums ago.  Due to its sacred nature, climbing is not permitted. Morgan Lake a 1200-acre lake that is open year-round, is on the Navajo Reservation 15 miles west of Farmington. It offers windsurfing and fishing in 75-degree water year-round. A special fishing license is required. Bass, sunfish and catfish are stocked in the lake. The Bowl Canyon Navajo Recreation Area is the gateway to the Chuska Mountains where you can enjoy picnicking, camping and fishing among the rugged beauty, cool pines, panoramic views, clear streams and monoliths sandstone formations. Camp Asááyi, pronounced (Ah-saa-yeh) is one of the Navajo Nation's major attractions, providing outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, picnicking, canoeing and camping. The Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park  is a great valley boasting sandstone masterpieces that tower at heights of 400 to 1,000 ft., framed by scenic clouds casting shadows that graciously roam the desert floor. The landscape overwhelms, not just by its beauty but also by its size. The fragile pinnacles of rock are surrounded by miles of mesas and buttes, shrubs, trees and windblown sand, all comprising the magnificent colors of the valley. All of this harmoniously combines to make Monument Valley a truly wondrous experience.  Window Rock Navajo Tribal Park & Veteran’s Memorial Park is located near the Navajo Nation headquarters. Many Navajo soldiers are recognized in the annals of history for their role as Code Talkers, whereby they used the Navajo language to create a code that was never broken by the enemy. Historians credit the Navajo Code Talkers for helping to win World War II. Riverview Golf Course   located in Kirtland in terrain with lush fairways, offers breathtaking views of the San Juan County scenery such as the La Plata Mountains, Shiprock Monument and the San Juan River bluffs. This 18 hole of par 72 course truly is San Juan County's Finest.

Mines in the area include: The Navajo Mine – a wholly owned limited liability company of the Navajo Nation that Bisti Fuels Company, LLC, a subsidiary of the North American Coal Corporation, was authorized to purchase and operate the BHP Navajo Mine in 2013, located on the Navajo Nation, south of Farmington, New Mexico. This mine supplies coal to the Four Corners Power Plant (FCPP), which is also located on the Navajo Nation. Navajo Mine was operated by BHP Billiton Navajo Coal Company on a lease on Navajo Nation lands and has provided coal to FCPP for 50 years. The San Juan Mine is located in northwest New Mexico, and is one of the largest underground coal mines in the world. Coal from San Juan is used to fuel the San Juan Generating Station.

Northern Navajo Medical Center  is located in Shiprock and is responsible for the delivery of health services to American Indians in portions of the States of AZ, NM, Utah (a region known as the 4 corners Area of the US.) The Navajo Nation provides a variety of health-related services in the areas of nutrition, aging, substance abuse, community health representative (e.g., outreach), and emergency medical services (e.g., ambulance).

For Gaming enthusiasts, the Flowing Water Casino  is located 5 minutes east of Shiprock, and is a   perfect get away from your everyday routine. The casino is loaded with traditional art and architecture that symbolize the rich Navajo history. Southwest of the city of Farmington is the Northern Edge Casino where you can escape the ordinary in a location that is comfortably nestled between Mount Blanca, Mount Taylor, Mount Hesperus and the San Francisco Peaks.


For Shopping:  The Big Rock Trading Post services the Four Corners region as both a General Store and a working trading Post.  The Hogback Trading Company   specializes in cultural and traditional Indian Arts and Crafts and pawn. Bob French’s Navajo Rugs is the place to buy authentic, Navajo rugs! They also carry beautiful Navajo-made jewelry, baskets, pottery, and kachinas. And, Foutz Trading Company is a bonded and licensed Navajo Indian Trading Company on the Navajo Indian Reservation and one of the largest wholesale distributors of authentic Navajo Indian Arts & Crafts for sale in the USA.  All of their store offerings come directly from the Navajo people, in Shiprock, NM. When it’s time to eat, local favorites include the Country Family Restaurant, Doc’s Place, Chat N Chew, and of course the casinos.


Educational facilities include San Juan College West  which offers smaller classes enabling one-on-one instruction, kind and helpful staff, tutoring, computer labs, a fully-stocked library with a reading enrichment room, study areas, a lawn with a playground to relax on, and ample parking. There is also  Diné College which is rooted in Diné language and culture; advancing the quality of post-secondary student learning and development to ensure the well-being of the Diné People. Diné College awards Associate degrees and Certificates in areas important to the economic and social development of the Navajo Nation.


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