Cliff Dwelling Tours 2014
Tours to Betatakin and Keet Seel begin on May 25, 2014 and ends on September 06, 2014.
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 »
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.
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?
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.