Phone: (928) 672-2700
Visitor Center Hours:
September 14, 2008 through May 22, 2009: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Seeing the Cliff Dwellings:
You can view the Betatakin/Talastima ruins by taking a paved trail to an overlook (about one mile round trip).
To get a closer look at them, take a guided hike. Hikes to Betatakin leave at 10 a.m. on the weekends in winter (mid-September through late May) when weather permits. The rest of the year, they are given daily. This strenuous (begins at 7,300 ft. elevation; loses/regains 700 feet) five-mile loop trip takes more than half a day.
Canyon View campground is open late May through mid-September only. Its 16 sites have pit toilets and charcoal grills, but you'll have to go to Sunset View campground to get water. People like this spot for its silence and spectacular night skies.
- The Navajo National Monument visitor center is at 7,000 feet elevation. Take the thinner air into account when deciding about the hikes and carry plenty of sunscreen and water.
- Even though it's within the state of Arizona, Navajo National Monument is part of the Navajo Nation and observes mountain daylight time.