Monuments

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 Ancestral Puebloan 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​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 sandstone canyon that cuts an almost tropical path of trees and flowers through the desert.

Canyon de Chelly is home to several periods of indigenous 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 ancient Puebloan 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.

Book a tour to experience 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.

For more information contact:
Canyon de Chelly National Monument (National Park Service)
P.O. Box 558
Chinle, Arizona 86503

Tséyi Heritage Center & Cottonwood Campground (Navajo Tribal Parks)

phone icon (928) 674-2106
FAX (928) 674-2001
P.O. Box 2520
Window Rock, AZ 86515
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CHACO CANYON NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK

CHACO CANYON NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARKOne of the centers of ancient Puebloan civilization, life, culture and trade, Chaco Culture National Historical Park is home to a cluster of more than a dozen Chacoan ruins that housed as little as 800 to as much as thousands of inhabitants — an exact count of people cannot be pinpointed. The network of roads and irrigation systems, elaborate structures, meticulously crafted pottery and basketry – revel a sophisticated society with wide-ranging trade. The 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 Gallo campgrounds are at the east end of the canyon as you enter the park.

CHACO CANYON NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK - GREAT KIVA PLAZA​Accessibility is best from the north entrance, near the town of Nageezi, via County Road 7900, which is paved at first, then after a few miles turns into dirt road. There will be Chaco Canyon signs. From the south, visitors can also arrive via County Road 7900 (turn north at the town of Pueblo Pintado). In either direction, you will come to the junction of County Road 7950, which will take you west in Chaco Canyon. Be aware that these roads can be inaccessible in inclement weather and cellphone reception is spotty at best.

 

For more information contact:
Chaco Canyon National Historical Park
Managed by the National Park Service
P.O. Box 220
Nageezi, NM 87037
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NAVAJO NATIONAL MONUMENT

NAVAJO NATIONAL MONUMENT​Step back in time and capture a glimpse of Arizona’s two largest ruins – Betatakin and Kiet Seel. See how the ancestral Puebloan lived more than 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.

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.)

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Crossing Between Worlds: Two Navajo Weddings – One Navajo Bride and Groom with Charles Winters @ ONLINE
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Crossing Between Worlds: Two Navajo Weddings – One Navajo Bride and Groom with Charles Winters
Saturday, April 10, 2021, 11:00 am – Arizona Time
Join Amerind for the free online lecture, Crossing Between Worlds: Two Navajo Weddings – One Navajo Bride and Groom with photographer Charles Winters. Winters will share the photographs he captured and discuss relationships he formed during a six-year project he undertook in the Canyon de Chelly community on the Navajo Nation.
Charles D. Winters, a photographer and cinematographer, photographed and taught photography at State University of New York in Oneonta, NY. His work has been exhibited widely most recently at the Amerind Museum and 3 books of his documentary photography have been published: “Too Wet to Plow: The Family Farm in Transition,” “The Catskills: Land in the Sky” and “Crossing Between Worlds: The Navajos of Canyon de Chelly.” Now retired, he lives in Bisbee, AZ.
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Many people would be surprised to discover that the United States has many nations within its borders. One of those nations is the Navajo Nation, a sovereign tribe of indigenous people whose nation is located in the southwestern part of the country. Navajo Sovereignty Day, which is on the fourth Monday in April, celebrates the day the Navajo Nation gained its independence from the U.S. government. READ MORE

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