The Ancestral Pueblo "hidden jewels" of the Tsegi Canyon

The Puebloan Ancestors built Tsegi Phase villages within the natural sandstone alcoves of our canyons. Betatakin, Keet Seel, and Inscription House are the three cliff dwelling sites that are tucked away in the alcoves. These villages, which date from AD 1250 to 1300, thrill all who visit with original architectural elements such as masonry walls, roof beams, and pictographs.

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: January 27, 2019

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P.O. Box 7717
Shonto, AZ 86045


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