The Dine' (Navajo) name for Bodaway-Gap is "Ndbaa'wheeyee' ", which means "No water area" or "Tsinaabaas'Habitin" the Gap.
The Bodaway-Gap Chapter is located in northern Arizona and is part of the western boundary of the Navajo Nation. Prominent land features include Echo Cliffs, Shinumo Altar, Limestone Ridge, Bodaway Mesa, and Tooth Rock.
The Chapter consists of six main communities, which are as follows; Navajo Springs, Bitter Springs, Cedar Ridge, the Gap, Hidden Springs, and the Junction. The majority of communities consist of housing developments, houses of worship, airstrip, basketball courts, and abandoned buildings. The community of the Gap has the most Chapter public facilities and services. Public facilities include the Chapter House, which is also used as the Senior Center, the Gap Preschool and Head Start, the Chapter Administrative offices, a solid waste transfer station, the Gap Trading Post, a gas station and service center, and Tsinaabaas Hibitiin Grade School. A small cemetery is also located in the Gap.
The Chapter terrain is composed of deep canyons, open desert, and towering red rock cliffs. Elevations in the Chapter vary between 3,000 feet at the Colorado River to 7,000 feet atop the Echo Cliffs. The Chapter is surrounded by several tourist attractions: Lake Powell, Grand Canyon National Park, and Wupatki-Sunset Crater National Monument. The area is characterized by high elevation desert scrub and juniper woodlands. Ephemeral washes cross the Chapter, the three largest being Tanner Wash, Moenkopi Wash, and Hamblin Wash.
The Chapter is located within Land Management District 3 and is part of the Western Navajo Agency. The Chapter is composed of approximately 561,586 acres, 466,725 acres of which were part of the former Bennett Freeze, which is almost 83 percent of the Chapter land base. The following communities within the Chapter were affected by the former Bennett Freeze: Cedar Ridge, the Gap, Hidden Springs, the Junction (U.S. Highway 89 and U.S. Highway 160), a section of the Little Colorado River Valley Gorge, and the residents along the Colorado River.