Betatakin tours are free! Groups leave daily during the summer season with a ranger. Summer season begins May 27, 2017 and ends September 03, 2017.
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.
Note: The 8:15 A.M. Betatakin Tour will use the Aspen Trail if the weather condition gets to hot or during bad weather. Both tours 8:15 A.M. and 10:00 A.M. are subject to cancellation due to safety concerns such as flooding and thunderstorm.
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 Daylight Savings Time, the same as Utah, New Mexico, and Colorado: please check your time!
Winter season: October 2017 through April 2018 All cliff dwelling tours are closed.
Download "2017 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.