"Hidden Jewels" of the Tsegi Canyon

Navajo National Monument was established in 1909 to preserve and interpret the archaeological and cultural heritage of the Ancestral Pueblo people who built Tsegi Phase villages within the natural sandstone alcoves of the canyons. Betatakin, Keet Seel, and Inscription House were occupied from approximately 1250 AD to 1300 AD and are among the best preserved cliff dwellings in the state of Arizona.

Houses made of sandstone, mud mortar, and wood are sheltered in a cliff alcove.

Cultural History of the Hidden Villages

This region has been occupied by people for centuries. How did the people adapt to the desert landscape?

A visitor at the Sandal Trail Overlook

Plan Your Visit

Hike the self-guided trails or join a guided cliff dwelling tour. A museum, auditorium, park store, and two campgrounds are at the park.

Former Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel visits Keet Seel with a volunteer.

Guided Cliff Dwelling Tours

Get a closer look at Betatakin and Keet Seel by joining a guided tour. Cliff dwellings are open to visits from May to September.

Last updated: July 12, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 7717
Shonto, AZ 86045


(928) 672-2700
Navajo National Monument Visitor Center Office Contact

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