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
an auditorium where movies are played upon request
various cultural demonstrators participating in native crafts such as a local artist and Navajo basket weaver
a bookstore to purchase souvenirs
a front desk where more information about the park can be obtained
Three self guided trails are available from sunrise to sunset. Trails all begin behind the visitor center building.
1) Sandal Trail: a 1 mile 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 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 roundtrip canyon rim trail that leads to the park's historic ranger station. 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).
Betatakin: Two tours are offered at 8:15am MDT and 10:00am MDT. The trails are 3 miles or 5 miles roundtrip depending what tour you take. Tours are 3-5 hours in length. A sign up sheet is available at the visitor center. Reservations are not required.
Keet Seel: A 17 mile roundtrip backcountry hike is required to access Keet Seel. A reservation made by phone or in person is required to obtain a permit. 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 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.