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Navajo NM Scenery
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Description - Navajo National Monument is located on the Navajo Indian Reservation, in the northeastern corner of Arizona. The monument contains some of the best Anasazi ruins on the Colorado Plateau, Betatakin and Keet Seel, both of which are seasonally open to the public. Inscription House has been closed since 1968 due to its fragility.

Headquarters is on 244.59 acres of tribal land per agreement in 1962 - a right of way of 4.59 acres was granted to the park service in 1977. Total acreage is 360, all federal.

Recreation - The Sandal Trail, open year round, is a leisurely one-hour walk to and from the overlook of Betatakin ruins. Allow one hour for the museum, a video, and to observe our Navajo artists. Betatakin takes approximately four to five hours for the five-mile tour. Keet Seel is a all day hike or an overnight backpacking trip. Pets are not allowed in buildings, on trails or in the backcountry. They can be walked on the paved roads with a leash.

There are 30 sites in regular campground and 14 sites available in overflow campground including group sites. They are available at no charge, but donations are accepted. No reservations are accepted except for group sites. Call (520) 672-2367 to reserve group campground sites. Length limit for RVs: 25 feet and there are no open fires. Comfort Station and drinking water available in regular campground.

Flash floods often occur in July and August. Local diseases can includes Hantavirus, Bubonic Plague, Giardariasis, and Lyme Disease. Please be aware of ticks, avoid drinking unfiltered water, and avoid all contact with rodents and their droppings. No fee for entrance. Donations accepted.

Climate - Navajo is at an elevation of 7300 ft., though temperatures on summer days may reach into the 90s. The monument receives approximately 12 inches of rain and 60 inches of snow per year. Monsoon thunderstorms occur July through August.

Location - Take 160 to Black Mesa, turn north onto SR564. The visitor center is 9 miles.

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Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: First time there went through in sandstorm, did'nt see a darn thing! Second time, absolutley beautiful!! Felt like I'd gone back in time with the indians. Another must see in person.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: My husband & I were to the Navajo Bridge and National Reservation on July 3, 2001. The sights are breathtaking. The weather was sunny and hot, as we like it. Above 105 degrees. Bring plenty of water. Makes for great photographing. Beautiful!!! Barb & Ed Parma, Ohio

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Contact Information:
Navajo National Monument, HC 71, Box 3 , Tonalea, AZ, 86044-9704, Phone: 520-672-2366

Additional Information:
Arizona National Forests, Parks and Monuments - This section includes the National Forests, National Parks, National Monuments, and National Historic Sites in Arizona. The Grand Canyon is the best known of these areas but there are many other spectacular sites.
Arizona's Historic Sites -
Northeast Arizona - Northeast Arizona includes the area north of Interstate 40 and east of US Highway 89. It is home to Monument Valley, Canyon de Chelly, Petrified Forest National Park, the Painted Desert and Lake Powell.

Navajo National Monument - Official Park Service Site


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