Navajo National Monument protects three significant ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings, named Keet Seel, Betatakin, and Inscription House. The house structures were built out of mud mortar, sandstone, and wood. The ancestral Puebloan people farmed the bottoms of the canyons, to optimize agriculture in the dry desert climate, and lived up higher in the cliffs.


  • Ranger guided hikes, offered from Memorial Day through Labor Day

  • 3 self-guided short rim trails along Betatakin Canyon, all starting near the Visitor Center

    • Canyon View Trail; .8 miles round-trip; goes to the Historic Ranger Station

    • Sandal Trail; 1.3 miles round-trip; goes to Betatakin Overlook

    • Aspen Trail; .8 miles round-trip; starts from the Sandal Trail, goes to Aspen Forest Overlook

  • Visitor Center, which offers information on history, culture, geography, and hikes offered

  • Sunset View Campground and Canyon View Campground


Navajo National Monument is located in northern Arizona on Hwy 564andIndn Rte 221, close to the towns of Page and Kayenta. Close attractions include:

  • Grand Canyon National Park  just to the west of Navajo

  • Lake Powell/Glen Canyon National Recreation Area directly to the north

  • Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park to the northeast