Monuments

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​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.

For more information contact:
Canyon de Chelly National Monument
Managed by both – National Park Service & Navajo Tribal Parks
P.O. Box 558
Chinle, Arizona 86503
 
 
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CHACO CANYON NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK

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.

CHACO CANYON NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK - GREAT KIVA PLAZA​Accessibility is best by car from the north, at 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 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.

For more information contact:
Please call 928-672-2725 or 928-672-2727 to reach the park staff for questions.

**Note: As of 08/26/18 – the phone # below is not working.

NOTICE: Cliff dwelling tours are closed between October and April.

  • ►Betatakin is CLOSED for the 2019-2020 Winter Season
    Due 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.)

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Upcoming Events:

Apr
10
Sat
Crossing Between Worlds: Two Navajo Weddings – One Navajo Bride and Groom with Charles Winters @ ONLINE
Apr 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
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.
This online program is free, but space is limited. To register visit: https://bit.ly/AmerindOnline041021
Jul
26
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2020 Navajo Nation Economic Summit @ Twin Arrows Casino Resort, Flagstaff, AZ
Jul 26 – Jul 29 all-day

Event re-scheduled for July 2021.

More information will be forthcoming in 2021.

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