Hiking To This Aboveground Cave In Arizona Will Give You A Surreal Experience
An aboveground cave almost sounds like an anomaly; typically we think of dark, hidden places underground with stalactites, stalagmites, and other formations jutting from cavern walls. That’s not always the case. Arizona has a number of caverns small and large sitting along canyon walls that have served a number of purposes over the centuries, including as homes.
The best examples are centuries-old cliff dwellings found throughout Arizona (and other parts of the Southwest) where ancient Puebloans made pueblo-style homes in shallow caverns. Today, we’re going to take a look at one of the best preserved examples of cliff dwellings, located in Navajo National Monument.
You can also hike to Betatakin, which is a shorter 5-mile hike but is just as difficult. For more information about reserving hiking tours and operating hours, visit the Navajo National Monument website.