Places To Go
are free! Groups leave daily in the summer season with a ranger. It
is a strenuous 5-mile round-trip hike takes 3 to 5 hours. Begins at
7,300 ft. elevation; loses and regains 700 feet. Wear sturdy shoes
and bring 2 liters of water. If you have hip, knee, heart,
respiratory problems or recent surgery; do not attempt this hike.
Summer season: Hikes leave at 8:15 A.M. and 10
A.M. We observe Mountain Daylight Savings Time--the same as Utah and
New Mexico and Colorado: check the time!
Winter season: Hikes leave at 10 A.M. on
Weekends, when staff is available, and when weather permits. Please
call on availability, 928-672-2700.
There is a hazard from falling rock in the
Betatakin alcove. We cannot predict if, when, or where a rock may
fall. Sandstone flakes off, which is how the alcove is created. You
may enter the alcove on the tour, but it will be at your own
You may choose to take the tour just to the
opening of the alcove. This is still a good tour and view, but you
will not get next to the structures within the alcove.
Keet Seel hikes
need a backcountry permit from the visitor center. Daily limit is
20 people for this 17-mile round-trip hike on a primitive trail;
elevation loss and regain is 1000 feet. Hike on sand hills and
rocks, cross ankle-deep stream many times
During the warmer months, hikers may choose to
day hike or stay overnight in the campground near Keet Seel. Orientation times are 8:15 A.M. and 4 P.M., when you receive your
permit. Bring at least 1 gallon of water/person/day, for the stream
is shared with livestock. Ranger on site guides you through Keet
Winter hikes are guided day hikes only; call
for reservation: 928-672-2700.
Canyon View Campground
April 1 through September 30
This simple campground is a tenth of a mile away from the visitor
center on an unpaved road. It is free and quiet, and has fine canyon
views on both sides. There are 16 sites, three of which are good for
These group sites can be reserved by calling
(928)672-2700. There are composting toilets, charcoal grills, and no
water; water is available at the other campground. People enjoy this
campground for its silence and spectacular night skies.
Sunset View Campground
Open All Year
This free campground with paved roads is close to the visitor
center, has 31 small sites with picnic tables, charcoal grills, and
parking spaces. There are restrooms and running water. No hookups
are available; RV's are limited to 28 feet or less.
The campground is first-come, first-served. In
the winter, campers should be prepared for cold temperatures and
snow. The terrain is sandstone and pinyon-juniper forest; the
campground is private and restful.
Three Mesa Top Trails Behind Visitor Center
paved trail leads top overlook of Betatakin/Talastima cliff dwelling
(1-mile round trip).
branches off Sandal Trail to descend 300 feet to view ancient aspen
forest (0.8-mile round trip).
Canyon View Trail:
view of head of Betatakin Canyon; leads to campground (0.6-mile