The Canyons that Have Been Occupied for Centuries

The Hopi, San Juan Southern Paiute, Zuni, and Navajo are tribes that have inhabited the canyons for centuries. Springs fed into farming land on the canyon floor and homes were built in the natural sandstone alcoves. The cliff dwellings of Betatakin, Keet Seel, and Inscription House were last physically occupied around 1300 AD but the villages have a spiritual presence that can still be felt today.

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

Generation to Generation

Learn more about the ancestral ways of life of the alcove dwellers and how modern tribal members have kept that heritage alive.

Visitors walking on the Sandal Trail.

Park is Open with Limited Services

Limited Services are currently available. Find out what is offered at the park at this time. The park is free and open year-round.

A group visiting Keet Seel with a ranger.

Guided Cliff Dwelling Tours

Guided Cliff Dwelling Tours to Betatakin and Keet Seel are CLOSED until further notice due to COVID-19 related park closures.

Last updated: July 30, 2021

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