• Betatakin

    Navajo

    National Monument Arizona

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  • Flash Flooding

    Flash flooding occurs in the Tsegi Canyon during the summer season and will cause concellation of the Keet Seel and Betatakin hikes. Please check the weather for Betatakin Arizona at the NOAA website linked below. More »

  • New carpet installation

    New carpets will be installed at the visitor center in September 2014. Watch out for carpet installers and other visitors. Museum and auditorium will also be close during carpet installation. Thank you for your patience.

  • Phone Down & Internet Down

    IT will be working on the phone line and internet and these services will be down for today September 8, 2014.

Navajo

Navajo Nation land surrounds the monument's cliff dwellings. The boundaries of the Navajo (Din'e) homeland are four sacred mountains: Blanca Peak, Mount Taylor, the San Francisco Peaks, and the La Plata Mountains.

The Din'e moved into this area around 1800, and changed from hunting and gathering when the Spanish introduced domesticated animals. Sheepherding became central to their lives. The Din'e have a long tradition of using the area around Navajo National Monument for both sacred and economic purposes.

 
Display of Navajo rugs.

Navajo Rugs on Display

NACE

Navajo artists are famous for their weaving skills. Each summer, a weaver works in the visitor center, demonstrating her craft. She is joined by a painter, a sash weaver, and a basket maker. Come and see.

Did You Know?

Tsegi Canyon

Most pueblo villages in Tsegi canyon were built in the canyon bottoms or on the mesa tops. Over the past seven centuries wind, rain, and snow has reduced them to piles of rubble. Most of the cliff pueblos survive because they were built in alcoves.