• 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.

People

Who Was Here?

Descendants of the Hopi people who built these places are called Hisatsinom. Zuni, also pueblo builders, know that several of their clans began in this area. Later, San Juan Southern Paiute, famous for their baskets, moved into this area and lived near the cliff dwellings. Today, this place is surrounded by the Navajo Nation, as it has been for hundreds of years.

 
Multi-storied stone houses inside alcove.
Buildings cling to alcove floor inside Betatakin/Talastima.
Marc Steuben

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

John Wetherill, younger brother of Richard Wetherill, was the custodian for the Monument from 1909 to 1938. He guided tours from his trading post in Kayenta, Arizona.