The Newcomb area is known as the home of the Two Grey Hills style of weaving that is known for its very finely spun thread from wool from local sheep and very intricate patterns. Toadlena Trading Post is an active trading post that operates in the same way trading posts have since the 1870s – trading directly with local weavers and selling their work to the public. The weavers keep credit accounts at the store. They pay their bills with their rugs. While you are there locals might come in for supplies, to chat, to pick up messages and mail, or to do their banking.
Inside the trading post, the Two Grey Hills Weaving Museum, filled with old photographs of weavers, weaver genealogies and some spectacular rugs and other textiles. There is a large showroom of rugs for sale and almost always, you can find a weaver working on a project.
Address: From Gallup, drive 1 hour north on Hwy 491 (old 666).
Take the second entrance to Toadlena at the Shell Gas Station.
Follow the signs from the Shell Gas Station.
Phone: 888-420-0005 or 505-789-3267
Hours: Summer: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Winter: Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Sunday.
Admission: Donations appreciated.