Navajo Tourism Department
P.O. Box 663
Window Rock, AZ 86515
United States of America
NOTICE: The Navajo Nation parks and recreational areas are currently CLOSED to the public. Tourists & visitors are asked to refrain from visiting during this COVID-19 pandemic.
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Nowhere in Navajoland is the blend of past tradition and present culture more evident than at the National Monuments scattered around the Nation. These monuments are home to several periods of Indian culture, and provide a spectacular backdrop for hundreds of ancient Anasazi ruins. Step back in time and capture a glimpse of how the ancient ones lived more than 900 years ago. These monuments are very sacred sites to the Navajo people and should be treated with the utmost respect and reverence.
CANYON DE CHELLY NATIONAL MONUMENT
Nowhere in Navajoland is the blend of past tradition and present culture more evident than Canyon de Chelly National Monument. The Navajo people still have a mystical bond to this redstone canyon that cuts an almost tropical path of trees and flowers through the desert.
Canyon de Chelly is home to several periods of Indian culture dating from 350 A.D. to 1300 A.D., and the 26-mile canyon’s sheer cliffs range from 30 to more than 1,000 feet, providing a spectacular backdrop for hundreds of Anasazi ruins, as well as modern Navajo homes and farms.
The visitor’s center offers details and maps to all of the canyon’s many world-famous sites, including Spider Rock, White House Ruins and Canyon del Muerto. From the sandy canyon floor by all-terrain vehicle, or from the rim on a self-guided tour by car, Canyon de Chelly is one of Navajoland’s most popular all-day adventures.
Managed by both – National Park Service & Navajo Tribal Parks
P.O. Box 558
Chinle, Arizona 86503
CHACO CANYON NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
Beginning on February 29, 2020 the driving loop road, archaeological sites, and back country trails will be open from 7:00am to 5:00pm. The driving loop entrance gate will close 30 minutes prior to closing.
One of the centers of ancient Indian civilization, life, culture and trade, Chaco Culture National Historical Park is home to a cluster of more than a dozen important Anasazi (Navajo for “enemy ancestors”) ruins that housed more than 7,000 people. The network of roads and system of irrigation – and the elaborate structures and meticulously crafted pottery and basketry – revel a sophisticated society with wide-ranging trade. The important ruins are accessible by self-guided trails, but for those interested in longer hikes, trails lead to the top of mesas for unsurpassed views of the entire Chaco Canyon network of ruins. A visitor center – featuring a bookstore, museum, and restrooms – and campgrounds are at the east end of the canyon as you enter the park.
Managed by the National Park Service
P.O. Box 220
Nageezi, NM 87037
NAVAJO NATIONAL MONUMENT
Step back in time and capture a glimpse of Arizona’s two largest ruins – Betatakin and Kiet Seel. See how the Anasazi or “ancient ones” lived more then 900 years ago. Beautifully preserved ruins can be seen from Betatakin Overlook, which also has a modern visitor center and replicas of ancient hogans and sweat lodges on the grounds. For those of you that want to see the ruins up close, full-day hikes are also offered to both the Betatakin and Kiet Seel sites.
NOTICE: Cliff dwelling tours are closed between October and April.
►Betatakin is CLOSED for the 2019-2020 Winter SeasonDue to limited staff and cold temperatures in the canyon, the park WILL NOT BE OFFERING guided Betatakin tours until late March/early April 2020. Effective: 10/27/201►Keet Seel is CLOSED until May 2020
The Keet Seel Hike is closed for the 2019 season and will reopen May 2020. We will begin taking reservations in February 2020 by phone call or in person at the visitor center.
Navajo National Monument
Managed by the National Park Service
HC-71, Box 3 Tonalea, AZ 86044
Hours are 8am – 5pm (Closed on all major holidays.)
Saturday, April 10, 2021, 11:00 am – Arizona Time