It seems as if the ancient people were here yesterday.
Viewing Keet Seel/Kawestima through a door.

Marc Steuben

The 17 mile roundtrip backcountry hike to Keet Seel/Kawestima requires a free permit that can be reserved by calling 928-672-2700.
Reservations are based upon a first come, first served basis.
The park allows 20 people per day to visit the site.
Keet Seel is open May 26, 2019 - September 7, 2019
We do not allow overnight trips to Keet Seel on Mondays due to closure of Keet Seel visitation on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Mondays are day hikes only.

A 3pm MDT hiking orientation at the visitor center is required to attend the day before scheduled hike. Permits will be given to hikers after orientation is completed.

Free camping at Keet Seel campground is included with permit for those who wish to do overnight trips to Keet Seel.

Free camping is also available at Sunset View and Canyon View Campgrounds near visitor center, no reservations required unless there is a group over 10 people.


Special Use Permits

A special use permit (SUP) is required for activities within Navajo National Monument that benefit an individual, group, or organization rather than the public at large. This is to protect the park's cultural and natural resources and public interest. It is also to reduce any potential conflict between your group and park visitors.

Activities that require a Special Use Permit

  • Weddings and commitment ceremonies
  • Sporting events as organized walks
  • Trips organized by scouting groups, non-profit organizations
  • Filming (ANY non-amateur work, including public television and other government entities)
  • Photography (for publications or retail)
  • Any after-hours use

When in doubt, it is best to apply for a special use permit.

To request a Special Use Permit (Application)

The permit application must be requested at least 4-6 weeks in advance of planned activity. Some activities will require consultations with other park divisions for any resource disturbance that might occur. A non-refundable fee of $100.00 will be charged.

Application Request must include:

  • Who is requesting the permit? Name, address and telephone number of the permittee (if the permit is for more than one person, this person is responsible for the behavior and compliance of the entire group. Names for everyone in the group may be required.)
  • What is the nature of the proposed activity?
  • Why is it being conducted? (purpose)
  • When the activity will take place? (Include dates and time of the day.)
  • Where the activity will take place? (as specific as possible: campground, back patio, at overlook, etc.)
  • How the activity will be conducted? (methods, equipment and vehicles)

Be very specific when writing your request. The more information the park has, the easier your application process will be.

Send the request to:

Park Superintendent
Navajo National Monument
PO Box 7717
Shonto, AZ 86054

Download the permit applications:

Last updated: February 1, 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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