"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?

Visitors walking on the Sandal Trail.

Plan Your Visit

The park is open year-round including the self-guided trails. A museum, auditorium, park store, and two campgrounds are located at the park.

A group visiting Keet Seel with a ranger.

Visit Betatakin & Keet Seel in 2020

Guided Cliff Dwelling Tours are CLOSED until May 2020 due to limited staff and cold weather conditions in the canyon.

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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