A Trip To This Little Known Ancient Ruin In Arizona Is Truly One In A Million

Navajo National Monument is overflowing with history and heritage. Yet, each year fewer than 75,000 visitors head to this treasure located in northern Arizona in the northwest section of Navajo Nation territory. The monument is located high above the Tsegi Canyon and has a visitors center, two mesa-top trails overlooking the canyon, and two campgrounds.

Due to the high demand, short hiking season, and the low number of permits offered each day for hiking to Keet Seel, it’s the lesser traveled and lesser known cliff dwelling in the Navajo National Monument. Keet Seel tours are available by making advance reservations by telephone and only 20 hikers per day are allowed. To make a reservation and obtain a hiking permit for Keet Seel, call 928-672-2700.

Navajo National Monument is located at Highway 564, Shonto, AZ 86054. Entrance to this national park is free. Betatakin and Keet Seel are open for visitation during the summer season which runs from Memorial Day (late May) to Labor Day (early September). Hiking permits are required for both Betatakin and Keet Seel. Learn more on the official website of the National Park Service.

If you love exploring Arizona on foot, then you’ll love this absurdly beautiful hike too!