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“Well-preserved cliff dwellings”

Navajo National Monument
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Shonto
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Home to Betatakin and Keet Seel, the ruins of dwellings dating back to 950-1300 A.D.
Reviewed 12 April 2010

Located about an hour from Monument Valley, Navajo National Monument preserves three of the most intact cliff dwellings of the ancestral puebloan people. There is a Visitor Center, two short self-guided mesa top trails, camping and picnic areas. Kids can participate in their Junior Ranger program and earn a badge (ask at the Visitor Center).

The Sandal Trail is a 1-mile (round trip) hike down to a viewpoint overlooking the Betatakin cliff dwelling. The trail is paved and the viewpoint is fenced. It leads downhill to the viewpoint and is a bit of a climb back uphill, but there are benches along the way to stop and rest. The Aspen Trail is a spur trail that leads off of the Sandal Trail from near the top.

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"keet seel"
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"mesa verde"
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"mile round trip"
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"visitor center"
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"the cliff"
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"canyon view"
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"ancestral puebloan"
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"free camping"
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"ranger guided tours"
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"aspen forest"
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"fascinating stuff"
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"spectacular ruins"
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"paved path"
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"short detour"
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Reviewed 4 February 2005

We visited here as the sun was starting to fall, on a cold January day. Late afternoon was supposed to be the best time to view Betatakin. It was quite a walk down the slope to the viewpoint, but the view was good. Be ready for the walk back uphill.....you've walked further down than you realise!

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