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Navajo National Monument

Tonalea, AZ
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Tonalea
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
Activities: Backpacking, Hiking
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Owner description: Home to Betatakin and Keet Seel, the ruins of dwellings dating back to 950-1300 A.D.
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Noosa Heads
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328 reviews 328 reviews
82 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

This park in 9 miles off Highway 160 but worth a visit. The scenery is quite interesting and the history around the Indian Cave dweleers who lived there around 1300 very interesting. It is a well presented park and an easy 1.3 KM round trip walk to the cliffs.

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Guelph, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

I am definitely not your most touchy-feely individual. For example, I felt closer to spiritual awakening drinking espresso at a coffee shop in Sadona, Arizona than while standing in its surrounding metaphysical high-energy vortex mountains. However, my Crown Chakra (spirituality ... I think) was definitely elevated at Navajo National Park. The view is breathtaking. The hike down to the ruins... More

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Wilmington, MA
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

We made the detour to Navajo National Monument on our drive from Monument Valley to Page. This turned out to be a hidden gem. Beautiful little Visitor Center, and we did the Sandal Trail -- a little over 1/2 mile to overlook of the Betatakin ruins. Trail was very lovely, with signs along the way to educate about the local... More

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Green Valley, Arizona
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104 attraction reviews
198 helpful votes 198 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

There are so many great things to see and do here allow at least 2-3 hours or more if possible. It is a scenic drive 9 mile drive with paved pulloffs to reach the Visitor Center for Navajo National Monument from Hwy 160. The VC has the usual exhibits, videos, etc, but in the back is a replica of a... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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51 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

... and well worth making the diversion on the Page - Monument Valley road. The ruins can been seen easily from the trail, well-camouflaged only by their colour being the same as the massive rocks - but the whole area is just beautiful. Forget Sedona! This area is absolutely gorgeous - people & commercialism-free. There's a nice ranger station though,... More

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Page, Arizona
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11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

I took a quick drive from Page, AZ to visit this site. It was after the season was over so very quiet and I only had time for the Sandal Trail which was only 1.3 miles round trip and self guided. I would have loved to take the Betatakin Trail but it was closed on that particular day....no guides available... More

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Long Beach, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

We finished our all day tour of Monument Valley and intended to drive to Flaggstaff to spend the night but instead went to Navajo Natl. Monument and are very happy we did. We stayed at the Sunset campground (free); it was a really nice location and there was only one other couple camping there so it was very quiet. The... More

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Telluride, Colorado
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Having been to most of the American Indian sites in the southwest We were surprised to see such well preserved cliff dwellings. An easy hike gets you to a wonderful overlook viewing the Betatakin ruins. We camped for a nite in the canyon view campground(no fee for camping), it was super peaceful and quiet. The whole park was extremely clean... More

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Antwerp, Belgium
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73 attraction reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We did not have time to visit Mesa Verde and found this little gem in our guidebook. We were happy to have made the small detour from the main road to Kayenta/Monument valley. Before you go to the viewpoints, ask the ranger to start the movie at the visitor's center. Not only do you get background of the people who... More

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Manchester, UK
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26 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We enjoyed the short walk down to the viewing point where you can see the ancient ruins built into the rocks. The valley is impressive and picturesque. There is a well stocked shop and vistor's centre. Well worth a visit.

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