Only Navajo Resort in the World Turns 11 on May 25

Only Navajo Resort in the World Turns 11 on May 25

Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort in Flagstaff Makes More than a Billion Dollar Economic Impact on Northern Arizona

(Flagstaff, Ariz. – May 2024) – Matthew Shunkamolah, Interim CEO of The Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise (Navajo Gaming), is pleased to announce Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort’s 11th 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 Gaming’s properties has made a more than billion dollar economic impact on the region.

Navajo Gaming’s newest property celebrates its 11th anniversary this May following 11 years of accolades, successful partnerships with other Navajo Nation enterprises and operational expansions. Throughout the month the property will hold special events, entertainment and giveaways.“

Anniversary Celebration

  • Saturdays in May – Cash drawings every 30 minutes starting at 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.
  • May 22nd – Players Club Perks: 10 a.m. until 3p.m. All Cougar and Badgers earn 2X entries, Bears earn 3X entries, Eagles earn 5x entries into Saturday’s promotion
  • May 24th – Live music and traditional Navajo dancers from 5-8 p.m. in the rotunda and event center, plus food specials, promotions and giveaways throughout the day
  • May 25th – One Grand Prize Winner at 10 p.m. of a brand-new Toyota Tacoma

Shunkamolah 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 is continuously ranked a top resort by U.S. News and World Report and one of the only four-star resorts 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
    • Twin Arrows employs 700+ people
  • July 2013: Voted AZ’s Best Casino Resort Destination
    • October 2013: Top Native American Casino Facility – Global Gaming Expo
  • May 2014: Twin Arrows expands hotel with 110 additional rooms
    • May 2014: Bingo Series launches
    • June 2014: AAA’s Four Diamond Designation
    • July 2014: Three Green Globes Sustainability Award
    • July 2014: Wine Spectator Award of Excellence – Zenith Steakhouse
    • August 2014: Arizona Indian Gaming Association Culinary Honors – Navajo Beef
    • 2014: Navajo Gaming’s Navajo Beef Initiative generates more than $1.2 Million for local Navajo Ranchers
    • January 2015: Arcade opens
  • May 2015: Twin Arrows celebrates Second Anniversary
    • Second consecutive AAA Four Diamond Designation
    • Expanded and enhanced buffet opens
  • May 2016: Twin Arrows celebrates Third Anniversary
    • May 2016: Trucker’s Lounge Opens
    • 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
    • Travel Center Groundbreaking (TBD)
    • Twin Arrows employs 700+ people
  • May 2018: Twin Arrows 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
    • Travel Center Groundbreaking
  • May 2019: Twin Arrows Celebrates 6th Anniversary
    • Navajo Gaming Summer Internship Program Launches
    • Twin Arrows Voted #1 Travel Destination
      Sept 2020: Navajo Blue Travel Plaza Opens
  • May 2020: Twin Arrows Celebrates 7th Anniversary Remotely
  • 2021: Twin Arrows Safely Reopens
  • May 2022: Twin Arrows Celebrates 9th Anniversary
    • Hard Rock Sportsbook Mobile App Launches in Arizona
  • May 2023: Twin Arrows Celebrates 10th Anniversary
  • June 2023: Hard Rock Sportsbook retail sports betting experience launches at Twin
  • May 2024: Twin Arrows Celebrates 11th Anniversary

Twin Arrows location, on the tip of the Navajo Nation near Flagstaff, has facilitated complimentary hospitality and business development, 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 $250,000 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 The Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise:

NNGE is a Navajo Nation wholly owned business entity created by the Navajo Nation in September 2006 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).

Employing 1,200 employees, NNGE operates four casinos and a travel plaza in New Mexico and Arizona, opening its first property, the Fire Rock Navajo Casino near Gallup, New Mexico, in November 2008. Within five years, three additional properties were added, as well as a travel plaza – Flowing Water Navajo Casino (October 2010); Northern Edge Navajo Casino (January 2012); Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort (May 2013); Navajo Blue Travel Plaza (September 2020).

Navajo Gaming is one of many Navajo Nation-owned and operated enterprises that is charged with the mission of creating jobs, increasing revenues, and stimulating incremental economic development within the Navajo Nation.