Guided Tours

 

*Note: The 928-672-2700 number is NOT WORKING so if you have an questions about the cliff dwelling tours, please call the park at 928-672-2725 or 2727 during business hours (9am MT - 5PM MT)


There are no scheduled ranger led tours to Betatakin for the 2018-2019 winter season
(October-April).

A volunteer will guide Betatakin hikes only on Tuesdays (depending on availability). Please call the park to find out if a hike is offered on a Tuesday that you plan to visit and/or to confirm tour time.


Ranger guided Betatakin tours will be offered daily beginning late May 2019.

Keet Seel is CLOSED for the 2018 season and will reopen to the public during Memorial Day Weekend in May 2019.

The park will begin taking Keet Seel reservations only by phone call beginning February 2019.

Cliff dwelling tours are closed between October and April.

***Please refer to the information provided below to see specific dates and times the cliff dwellings are open/closed to tours.

Caution: If you have hip, knee, heart, respiratory problems or recent surgery, please do not attempt any of the guided hikes.

Betatakin Cliff Dwelling Tour

2019 Betatakin Information (PDF 81KB)

 
Betatakin from the view of the tour.
The Betatakin cliff dwelling tour stops at this vantage point due to rock fall hazard.

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  • Reservations are NOT required.

  • A sign up sheet is available at the visitor center's front desk.

  • Tours are first come first serve and are limited to 25 people per tour.

  • Please wear proper hiking shoes because the trails are unpaved.

  • Bring at least 2 liters of water and snacks.

  • Be prepared to hike in hot weather by bringing a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, etc.

  • Please inform park rangers of any injuries or major surgeries and/or medical conditions that would affect your ability to hike.

Due to rock fall hazard in the alcove, THE BETATAKIN TOURS DO NOT ENTER THE VILLAGE. Rangers give program from a safe distance beneath the village.

 
Looking down Long Canyon
A view of the canyon from Tsegi Point Trail

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8:15 A.M. Betatakin Tour:This strenuous 5-mile round-trip hike takes 4 to 5 hours using the Tsegi Point Trail. The trailhead begins at 7,300 ft. elevation; loses and regains 700 feet (218 meters).

Visitors are required to drive their vehicle to the trailhead.

NOTE: The 8:15 A.M. Betatakin Tour will use the steep 3 mile Aspen Trail at the end of the season and if there are hazardous weather conditions such as high temperatures or thunderstorms.

 
The steep stairs that make up the Aspen Trail.
The Aspen Trail is a switchback with stairs that are steep and strenuous. There are 927 steps from the bottom of the canyon to the visitor center and vice versa.

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The 10:00 A.M. Betatakin Tour is a very strenuous 3-mile round-trip hike and takes 3 to 5 hours.

The tour begins at the visitor center using the Aspen Trail.

Elevation loss is 700 feet (218 meters) from the visitor center to the bottom of the canyon.

ATTENTION: The 8:15 A.M. and 10:00 A.M. tours are subject to cancellation due to staff shortages and/or safety concerns such as flooding and thunderstorms.

 
A group of visitors on one of the guided Betatakin tours.
A guided group inside the alcove near the Betatakin Cliff Dwelling.

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Keet Seel Cliff Dwelling Tour

Keet Seel is closed to the public for the 2018 season and will open Memorial Day weekend in May 2019.

The park will begin taking 2019 Keet Seel reservations in February 2019.

The back country hike to Keet Seel uses a 17 mile roundtrip trail. A free permit is required and can be reserved by calling the visitor center at 928-672-2725 or 2727.

Hiker(s) must attend a MANDATORY 3PM hiking orientation at the visitor center the day before scheduled hike
to obtain a backcountry hiking permit.

***Note: We NO LONGER OFFER an 8am orientation on the day of hike. Plan ahead so your hiking group can ALL attend the orientation the day before scheduled hike. Please do not call us requesting the 8am orientation.

2018 Keet Seel hiking information (PDF 220KB).

 
The ranger station at Keet Seel
The ranger station and the welcome sign at Keet Seel.

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Hikers have the option to do the Keet Seel hike in one day or stay overnight in the designated campground near Keet Seel.

KEET SEEL IS CLOSED ON TUESDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS

Visitors are allowed to OVERNIGHT CAMP in the designated campground at Keet Seel from Thursday to Sunday only.

Mondays and the last day of the season (September 8th) are DAY HIKERS ONLY.

 
Inside Keet Seel Alcove
Early morning sunrise in Keet Seel.

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The hike to Keet Seel is strenuous including canyon switch backs and climbing sand dunes. Crossing the stream multiple times is a common occurence on this trail. Quicksand may be present during and after the summer monsoon season (July-August).

There is an elevation loss of up to 1000 feet from the visitor center to the canyon floor.

Bring at least 1 gallon of water per person per day. Drinking from the canyon's stream water is NOT ALLOWED.

All Keet Seel hikers should be on the trail and hiking to Keet Seel before 8:00 A.M. DST local time or earlier.

Keet Seel reservations are SUBJECT TO CANCELLATION during severe weather conditions. It is advised to call ahead for weather conditions so that unnecessary trips and disappointments are avoided.

 
A back country ranger in Keet Seel village.
Flat Stanley visiting Keet Seel with a ranger.

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Last updated: September 29, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 7717
Shonto, AZ 86045

Phone:

(928) 672-2700
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