"Hidden Jewels" of the Tsegi Canyon

Navajo National Monument was established in 1909 to preserve and interpret the archaeological and cultural heritage of the Ancestral Pueblo people who built Tsegi Phase villages within the natural sandstone alcoves of the canyons. Betatakin, Keet Seel, and Inscription House were occupied from approximately 1250 AD to 1300 AD and are among the best preserved cliff dwellings in the state of Arizona.

Houses made of sandstone, mud mortar, and wood are sheltered in a cliff alcove.

Cultural History of the Hidden Villages

This region has been occupied by people for centuries. How did the people adapt to the desert landscape?

Visitors walking on the Sandal Trail.

Plan Your Visit

The park is open year-round including the self-guided trails. A museum, auditorium, park store, and two campgrounds are located at the park.

A group visiting Keet Seel with a ranger.

Guided Cliff Dwelling Tours

Guided Cliff Dwelling Tours to Betatakin and Keet Seel are CLOSED until further notice due to COVID-19 related park closures.

Last updated: September 16, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 7717
Shonto, AZ 86045


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

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