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Navajo National Monument

Shonto, AZ
+1 928-672-2700
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Worth a visit, even in December!

We went in December but were very glad that the visitor center was open (unlike, for example, the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Budapest, Hungary
Cliff home and beautiful visitas

My wife and I recently visited this National Monument. Our visit coincided with the picking of... read more

Reviewed 24 October 2017
Daniel R
Windsor, Vermont
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Home to Betatakin and Keet Seel, the ruins of dwellings dating back to 950-1300 A.D.
  • Excellent55%
  • Very good37%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“mile round trip” (10 reviews)
Shonto, AZ
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went in December but were very glad that the visitor center was open (unlike, for example, the Grand Canyon North Rim, which closes for Winter). The ranger was very friendly and informative and staying until dusk was a magical experience. There is an easy...More

Thank Lacipaci
Reviewed 24 October 2017

My wife and I recently visited this National Monument. Our visit coincided with the picking of pinion, which happens once every four years. We followed a nicely marked trail that led to some great views of a cave dwelling.

1  Thank Daniel R
Reviewed 18 October 2017

We left early from Phoenix to make the 10:15am Betakain tour led by a park ranger. The only way you can get close to the ruins is to take a ranger led tour. We were the only people on the tour so it was really...More

Thank xstitchPhoenix
Reviewed 24 September 2017

Navajo National Monument is a very scenic area in Northeastern Arizona. It has a small visitor's center/museum/gift shop. The monument protects Navajo Cliff Dwellings. There are two inside the boundaries of the park that I know of, but only one that can be seen from...More

Thank Ric L
Reviewed 1 September 2017

I stopped here on the way to Kayenta and was glad I did. About 19 miles south and 9 miles off of Highway 160 lies this little gem.This is such a great place that I plan to stop here again on the 18th of this...More

Thank James H
Reviewed 9 August 2017

The Kayenta region was home to one of three branches of the Ancestral Puebloan family, but few sites are developed for visitation. That alone makes Navajo National Monument a must see site for those interested in the Anasazi. Ranger guided hikes for which you must...More

1  Thank EricSkopec
Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

We wish we had brought our binoculars. This is free, but the visitors center does not really tell you that much about the ruins themselves besides a few models. You see the ruins from a view point about one mile away. Even though there is...More

1  Thank BernieandJune
Reviewed 31 July 2017 via mobile

We have been here several times, but it is always a place to see again. It's just a little off of the beaten path, but worth the trip!

Thank Pasoporaqui
Reviewed 17 July 2017

Let the secret out: free camping, great staff and guided hikes to pristine pueblos. You can't go into the pueblos- the 2 mile down and up hike stops just short of the circa 1240 pueblos. 15 minutes off of the highway/ 9 miles. Sites don't...More

2  Thank malonemi
Reviewed 16 July 2017

This is off the beaten path just a little, but I am so glad we visited it! It was absolutely beautiful and amazing to see the remains of pueblo dwellings inside a cliff. The path to the memorial was so pretty, as well as all...More

Thank Rebecca A
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sue z
24 August 2017|
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Response from Mary C | Reviewed this property |
I would say call the visitor center there to make sure, but others before me have given you very good answers.
2 January 2017|
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Response from Alice B | Reviewed this property |
We were there late September and the weather was beautiful. When it will open will depend on the weather. Sometimes in the higher elevations it can be "iffy".
4 October 2016|
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Response from Jennifer D | Reviewed this property |
There is a park guide when you first walk in that can direct you. The trail to the cliff dwelling is flat. I don't recall the trail name- only that it was to the right as you walk out the back of the park building.