Betatakin tours are free! Groups leave daily during the summer season with a ranger. Summer season begins May 29, 2016 and ends September 10, 2016.
The 8:15 A.M. Betatakin Tour is a strenuous 5-mile round-trip hike and takes 3 to 5 hours using the Tsegi Point Trail. The trail head begins at 7,300 ft. elevation; loses and regains 700 feet (218 meters). Please wear sturdy shoes and bring 2 liters of water. You will need to drive to the trail head following the ranger from the Visitor Center.
The 10:00 A.M. Betatakin Tour is a very strenuous 3-mile round-trip hike and takes 3 to 4 hours. The tour begins at the Visitors Center at 7,300 ft. elevation, then by Sandal Trail, and continuing down the Aspen Trail. Elevation loss is 700 feet (218 meter) to the bottom of the canyon.
Caution: If you have hip, knee, heart, respiratory problems or recent surgery, please do not attempt any of the guided hikes.
Summer season: Hikes leave at 8:15 A.M. and 10 A.M. We observe Mountain Daylight Savings Time--the same as Utah, New Mexico, and Colorado: check your time!
Winter season: October 2016 through April 2017 All cliff dwelling tours are closed.
Click "Here" to download 2016 Betatakin tour information in a pdf format.
There is a hazard from falling rock in the Betatakin alcove. We cannot predict if, when, or where, a rock may fall. Sandstone flakes off, which is how the alcove is created. Tours are led to the opening of the alcove, this is still a good tour and view.