Keet Seel Cliff Dwelling Tour
Keet Seel is CLOSED at this time.
The park is NOT RECEIVING any Keet Seel permit reservations.
A typical multi-day visit due to hiking to Keet Seel includes:
Day 1: ALL hiker(s) must attend a MANDATORY permit orientation at the visitor center the day before your scheduled hike. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Note: The orientation is the day before a hike to Keet Seel because the park prefers that hikers start on the Keet Seel trail as soon as there is sunlight (no night hiking is permitted). All hikers should be on the trail by 8am so groups can hike in the cooler part of the day (early morning/afternoon). These regulations are all set with the visitor safety as prioritiy. This is for the visitor's safety because we do not want hikers on the trail during the hottest part of the day and be exposed to the risk of heat stroke or exhaustion. Thank you for your understanding.
Day 2: Park and secure your vehicle at the Keet Seel Parking Lot. If you are staying at Canyon View Campground, you may hike from your campsite if you would like. Hiking time varies from 3-6 hours one way.
Please note: The park absolutely DOES NOT ALLOW hiking at night and the evening hours because if an accident were to occur that requires medical attention, there would be no staff available to assist. There is also the risk of becoming lost while hiking at night. Nocturnal animals such as mountain lions are also active at night.
Keet Seel tours range from 1-2 hours depending on group interest. After tour conclusion, you may set up camp at the designated campground and hang out within fenced areas for duration of the rest of the day. Please note that we do not allow any exploring outside of fenced areas because the canyon is designated as tribal land and would be considered trespassing which you could be fined or imprisoned for if violated and found guilty.
Day 3: Leave Keet Seel as soon as there is daylight. The backcountry ranger will be doing a campground check to make sure all hikers are on the trail hiking out of the canyon. This is for your safety so that you are hiking during the cooler parts of the day (temperature wise). Hikers will check in with the visitor center and notify staff of your return.
The Keet Seel Hiking Information is provided below, although tours to Keet Seel are not offered at this time.