Frequently Asked Questions

  • When was the monument created?

Navajo National Monument (NM)was established by President Taft in 1909.

  • Why was the monument created?

Navajo NM was established to preserve three specific outstanding 13th century cliff dwellings in Northern Arizona.

  • How can I visit the cliff dwellings?

Betatakin and Keet Seel can only be visited on foot with a National Park Service guide. Inscription House is closed to visitors.

  • Why is Inscription House closed?

Although limited visitation takes place at Betatakin and Keet Seel, visitation damage to the extremely fragile Inscription House cannot be mitigated. It has remained closed since 1968.

  • What are the fees to visit?

Camping and entrance are free. Guided tours and backcountry permits are also free. Donations are graciously accepted.

  • In the campgrounds, what is the size limit for RV’s?

RVs should not exceed 28 feet in length.

  • What time zone does the monument follow?

Navajo NM is on the Navajo Nation and follows the Mountain daylight hours when applicable.

Last updated: March 31, 2012

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P.O. Box 7717
Shonto, AZ 86045


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