Know your limit! Please do not attempt the guided hikes if you have hip, knee, heart, respiratory problems or had any recent surgery.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
Remember the Navajo Nation and park observe Daylight Savings Time from March to November during which local time will be the same as Colorado, New Mexico and Utah.
Betatakin: Please note that visitors must be accompanied by NPS staff when visiting Betatakin. The park does not allow unsupervised visits to the site for the safety of visitors and for the protection of irreplaceable archaeological and cultural resources. Visitors may visit Betatakin by joining the scheduled NPS guided hikes.
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Betatakin Cliff Dwelling Tours
Betatakin is open for Ranger led hikes during the summer from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Hikes are generally offered at 7AM on Fridays and Saturday. A signup sheet will be posted at the Visitor Center on a first come, first serve basis.
Due to potential rockfalls, hikers will not enter the site and can view Betatakin from a safe distance.
The 7AM hike uses the Tsegi Point Trail which is a strenuous 5-mile round-trip trail. Tours usually take 4 to 5 hours.
The Aspen Trail may be closed for trail work. Updates available at the Visitor Center.
Special guided hikes to Keet Seel will be offered in September 2023.
The hike to Keet Seel is a 17 mile roundtrip backcountry hike and is very strenuous. The hike includes steep canyon switchback trails and sand dunes that are difficult to walk through. Crossing the stream is a common occurrence and can't be avoided. Quicksand may be present during the summer monsoon season (July and August).
This hike is not recommended for children under the age of 10 years old and for people who are not avid hikers, are physically disabled, have joint problems pertaining to knees, and/or any other serious health conditions.
There is an elevation loss/gain of 1000 feet.
One gallon of water per person per day is recommended. Drinking water from the canyon stream is unsafe.
Trail conditons to Keet Seel
Special Guided Hikes to Keet Seel
All hikes are subject to cancellation at any time, especially in times of inclement weather or hazardous conditions. All registered participants will be notified in the event of cancellation.
Required Gear Includes:
Recommended Optional Gear:
Last updated: August 28, 2023