Navajo National Monument and the Navajo Tribal Park

Navajo National Mon-Betatakin Ruin Travel Blog

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01- Tsegi Overlook on the Najavo National Monument

The Navajo National Monument, Betatakin Ruins provides another good stop.  These homes of the early Navajo, were built into the cliff overhangs of the region.  There were a couple of trails you take.  The staff at the visitor center suggested the half mile trail for us, telling us it was level, rather than the eight mile strenuous hike down to the bottom of the canyon and across to the other side and finally to the ruins themselves.

 

We took the half mile trail.  But let me tell you, level it wasn’t!  Slowly is begins to descend down the side of the canyon. It even had steps in a few places.  Not bad going down at all.  But coming back up was another story. 

 

The overlook, which was still above the level of the ruins across the canyon, allowed for picture taking, but the 10X zoom on my camera still wasn’t enough.  I’m posting a few shots that I took but I doubt if you can even make out the six or eight people who had taken the 8 mile hike and were down among the ruins.   

 

 

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01- Tsegi Overlook on the Najavo N…
01- Tsegi Overlook on the Najavo …
02 - And this is what you see from…
02 - And this is what you see fro…
03 - Another shot from the Tsegi O…
03 - Another shot from the Tsegi …
04 - A third shot. Note the blue s…
04 - A third shot. Note the blue …
05 - Our last shot of the view fro…
05 - Our last shot of the view fr…
06 - As we drove into the Visitor …
06 - As we drove into the Visitor…
07 - A Navajo Hogan
07 - A Navajo Hogan
08 - A Sweathouse (sometimes calle…
08 - A Sweathouse (sometimes call…
09 - Explination of how a Sweathou…
09 - Explination of how a Sweatho…
10 - One of several posts along th…
10 - One of several posts along t…
11 - Still too far from the end of…
11 - Still too far from the end o…
12 - Gnarly bushes and trees are e…
12 - Gnarly bushes and trees are …
13 - Look close, very small cactus.
13 - Look close, very small cactus.
14 - A closer shot of the cactus.
14 - A closer shot of the cactus.
15 - This gnarly little tree caugh…
15 - This gnarly little tree caug…
16 - Deep into the cliff are the r…
16 - Deep into the cliff are the …
17 - Up to the left of the deepest…
17 - Up to the left of the deepes…
18 - Another distance shot
18 - Another distance shot
19 - And a third. Can you see the …
19 - And a third. Can you see the…
20 - A closeup at 10X still barely…
20 - A closeup at 10X still barel…
21 - A second close-up of the ruins
21 - A second close-up of the ruins
22 - And a third.
22 - And a third.
23 - Looking down the canyon
23 - Looking down the canyon
Navajo National Mon-Betatakin Ruin Sights & Attractions review
The Betatakin ruins built by the Hopi and Zuni Indians and now on Navajo land are not a long distance off Highway 160 in as it runs across the Utah/Ar… read entire review
Navajo National Mon-Betatakin Ruin
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