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Betatakin Ruin in Tsegi Canyon
Navajo National Monument, Arizona


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Slickrock on the Sandal Trail

Slickrock on the Sandal Trail

One of the joys of Canyon Country is hiking across slickrock, in some areas miles of undulating red rock along canyon rims and across ridge tops. This small area is on the Sandal Trail to the Betatakin Ruin overlook in Navajo National Monument.

Navajo National Monument, Arizona

Date photographed: June 6, 2014
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Betatakin Ruin overlook

Betatakin Ruin overlook

Ruins of the Ansazi (ancestral Puebloan) village of Betatakin shelter under the massive alcove overhang here in Tsegi Canyon.

Navajo National Monument, Arizona

Date photographed: June 6, 2014
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Sandal Trail overlook at Betatakin Ruin

Sandal Trail overlook at Betatakin Ruin

Signs at the Sandal Trail Overlook above Betatakin Ruin explain the human prehistory of the canyon.

Navajo National Monument, Arizona

Date photographed: June 6, 2014
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Aspen Trail drops 700 feet down into Tsegi Canyon

Aspen Trail drops 700 feet down into Tsegi Canyon

The Aspen Trail down into Tsegi Canyon at Betatakin drops 700 feet down switchbacks and stone steps.

Betatakin Ruin, Navajo National Monument, Arizona

Date photographed: June 7, 2014
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Dine guide Bill Little on the Aspen Trail to Betatakin Ruin

Dine guide Bill Little on the Aspen Trail to Betatakin Ruin

Closed for years because of rock-fall hazard, the Aspen Trail was built in the 1960's by Navajo stoneworkers. The final segment is cut from the face of a slightly overhanging cliff, with no railing or wall and a sheer drop of hundreds of feet into the canyon bottom. Dine (Navajo) ranger-guide Bill Little leads groups (maximum size 15) down the cliff trail then up to the Betatakin Ruin in the alcove on the other side.

Betatakin Ruin, Navajo National Monument, Arizona

Date photographed: June 7, 2014
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As close to the Betatakin Ruin as you are allowed to get

As close to the Betatakin Ruin as you are allowed to get

Because of concerns about safety, tours to the Betatkin Ruin barely enter the alcove and stop well short of the stone structures.

Betatakin Ruin, Navajo National Monument, Arizona

Date photographed: June 7, 2014
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Ranger talk about the Betatakin Ruin

Ranger talk about the Betatakin Ruin

Ranger-guide Bill Little talks about the Betatakin Ruin as the group relaxes in the shade of the massive alcove.

Betatakin Ruin, Navajo National Monument, Arizona

Date photographed: June 7, 2014
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Pictographs at Betatakin Ruin

Pictographs at Betatakin Ruin

Two striking pictographs (painted on the rock) can be viewed at the entrance to the Betatakin alcove in Tsegi Canyon.

Betatakin Ruin, Navajo National Monument, Arizona

Date photographed: June 7, 2014
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