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Navajo National Monument

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Address: Tonalea, AZ
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Activities: Backpacking, Hiking
Description: Home to Betatakin and Keet Seel, the ruins of dwellings dating back to...
Home to Betatakin and Keet Seel, the ruins of dwellings dating back to 950-1300 A.D.
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Definitely worth the detour

This site is important and interesting for natural and historic reasons. First you can view the ancient Native American (Pueblo) cliff-dwelling villages. Second you get to see a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 28, 2015
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Merricks North, Australia
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Merricks North, Australia
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40 reviews 40 reviews
17 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 NEW

This site is important and interesting for natural and historic reasons. First you can view the ancient Native American (Pueblo) cliff-dwelling villages. Second you get to see a valley filled with life in an otherwise (seemingly) barren area. If you are traveling from Page to Monument Valley (or along 160 for any other reason) it is definitely worth the short... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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162 helpful votes 162 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Watch the video in the visitor center before you walk. The walk itself is easy and takes you to an overlook where you can see the ruins on the other side of the canyon. There are longer, more strenuous walks that take you down to the canyon floor. You don't need much time for the short walk. Friendly staff -... More 

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Bloomfield, New Jersey
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51 reviews 51 reviews
41 attraction reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

NAVAJO NATIONAL MONUMENT LAND OF AN OLD AND FOGOTTEN PEOPLE (ARIZONA’S HIDDEN BYWAYS VIII) BETATAKIN AND KEET SEEL, words whispered on the wind. It is a word that speaks of a lost ancient people in an ancient land, long covered by the mists of time. BETATAKIN AND KEET SEEL, where the old ones lived, thrived, and disappeared. It is a... More 

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Sugar Land, Texas
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33 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

We took a side trip to see this on our way from Monument Valley to Page. We had no idea as to what to expect. It was well worth the time and the 18 mile round trip. There is a very good welcome center with interesting displays. The highlight though is a 1 mile round trip path to the scenic... More 

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Clemson, South Carolina
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34 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

This monument is 9 miles off the highway if you have time. Most people drive by on their way to Monument Valley and fail to stop. When we visited, only 2 other cars were in the parking lot. There is a 1/2 mile trail to a scenic overlook to see the ruins. The visitor center was in the middle of... More 

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Pomona, California
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38 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

If your in the area, you absolutely have to at least stop by this National monument. It is a free US Federally run site so the facilities are great. These are some of the best preserved Anasazi ruins in a most beautiful setting. The visitor center has some informational displays and the staff are very knowledgeable. If you only have... More 

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Providence, Utah
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Navajo National Monument isn't very far off the main highway (about twenty miles west of Kayenta on the Page road) and is well worth the side trip. Stop in the Visitor Center and ask to see their movie about this area and these ruins. During our January visit, the only trail open was the 1.3 mile (round trip) "Sandal Trail"... More 

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Noosa Heads
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146 attraction reviews
150 helpful votes 150 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
20 helpful votes 20 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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