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Navajo National Monument

Navajo National Monument preserves three intact cliff dwellings of the Ancestral Puebloan people
Navajo National Monument preserves three intact cliff dwellings of the Ancestral Puebloan people


A visitor center, museum, three short self-guided trails, two small campgrounds, and a picnic area provide service to travelers. Rangers guide tours to cliff dwellings. Please call 928-672-2700.


Three Mesa Top Trails Behind Visitor Center are always open.

Sandal Trail: paved trail leads top overlook of Betatakin/Talastima cliff dwelling (1-mile round trip).

Aspen Trail: branches off Sandal Trail to descend 300 feet to view ancient aspen forest (0.8-mile round trip).

Canyon View Trail: view of head of Betatakin Canyon; leads to campground (0.6-mile round trip).

Operating hours

Summer hours: The summer season starts May 22, 2010 and ends September 11, 2010. The visitor center is open 8 A.M. to 6 P.M. everyday. Both Sunset View and Canyon View campgrounds are open. Sunset View has water. The three short rim trails are open Sandal Trail, Aspen Trail and Canyon View Trail. Longer hikes to Betatakin and Keet Seel are available daily.

Winter hours: The winter season starts September 12, 2009 and ends May 22, 2010. The visitor center is open 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. every day. Sunset View campground will be open, as will the three self-guided overlook trails Sandal Trail, Aspen Trail and Canyon View Trail . Free guided hikes to Betatakin leave at 10 A.M. on the weekends when weather permits. Please call for availability (928) 672-2700.


No fees charged for these cliff dwellings regarded as sacred by those who built them (Hopi and Zuni) as well as those who live here now (Navajo or Diné).
Free guided hikes to cliff dwellings.
Free self-guided trails on mesa top (3 of them).
Free campgrounds (48 sites total).


Navajo National Monument is located at the end of State Highway 564 off of US Highway 160.


GPS Coordinates

1 -- Navajo National Monument
Decimal Lat: 36.68411537 / Lon: -110.5411378



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