Plan Your Visit

Visitors walk on the paved Sandal Trail to the Betatakin Overlook.
Visitors walk the 1 mile roundtrip paved Sandal Trail to the Betatakin Cliff Dwelling Overlook. The trail is open until sunset and is located behind the visitor center.

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Navajo National Monument is a free park that offers a variety of activities.

What you can find at the visitor center:

  • a museum containing cliff dwelling artifacts and dioramas.

  • an auditorium where films are played on a loop or upon request

  • a park store to purchase souvenirs & jewelry

  • a front desk where more information about the park can be obtained

Three (3) self-guided trails are available to use from sunrise to sunset. Trails all begin behind the visitor center building.

1) Sandal Trail: a 1.3 mile (2.09 km) roundtrip paved trail to the Betatakin Cliff Dwelling overlook. This is the only point in the park where visitors can view the cliff dwelling other than on the guided tours.

2) Aspen Trail: 0.8 mile (1.29 km) steep roundtrip nature trail that leads to an overlook of a relict forest on the canyon floor. Cliff dwellings can not be seen from here.

3) Canyon View Trail: 0.8 mile (1.29 km) roundtrip canyon rim trail that leads to the park's historic ranger station and provides views of the canyon. Cliff dwellings can not be seen from here.

The park offers ranger guided cliff dwelling tours during the summer season which run from Memorial Day to Labor Day (late May to early September).

CLIFF DWELLING TOURS ARE CLOSED FOR 2019-2020 WINTER SEASON. The park will offer guided cliff dwelling tours until Spring 2020.

  • Betatakin (CLOSED): During the summer season, two (2) tours are offered at 8:15am MDT and 10:00am MDT. The trails are 3 miles (4.83 km) or 5 miles (8.05 km) roundtrip depending on which tour you join. Tours are 3-5 hours in length. A sign up sheet is available at the visitor center. We do not accept reservations for the Betatakin hike.

  • Keet Seel (CLOSED): A 17 mile (27.4 km) roundtrip backcountry hike is required to access Keet Seel. A reservation made by phone or in person is required to obtain a permit. The park will begin accepting phone and in person reservations in February 2020 for the 2020 summer season.

    Hikers have the option of doing the Keet Seel hike in a day or as an overnight trip using the campground at the site. Keet Seel is limited to 20 hikers per day and is only available Thursday - Monday. Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Near the visitor center are two (2) FREE campgrounds; Sunset View and Canyon View which are both available on a first come first serve basis.

We hope you enjoy your visit at Navajo National Monument.

Hike Smart at Navajo (PDF 472 KB) to ensure you are well prepared for the trails and to have a safe trip at our park.

 

Last updated: October 26, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 7717
Shonto, AZ 86045

Phone:

(928) 672-2700
Navajo National Monument Visitor Center Office Contact

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