The summer season starts May 22, 2010 and ends September 11, 2010. The visitor center is open 8 A.M. to 6 P.M. everyday. Both Sunset View and Canyon View campgrounds are open. Sunset View has water. The three short rim trails are open Sandal Trail, Aspen Trail and Canyon View Trail. Longer hikes to Betatakin and Keet Seel are available daily.
Winter hours: The winter season starts September 12, 2009 and ends May 22, 2010. The visitor center is open 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. every day. Sunset View campground will be open, as will the three self-guided overlook trails Sandal Trail, Aspen Trail and Canyon View Trail . Free guided hikes to Betatakin leave at 10 A.M. on the weekends when weather permits. Please call for availability (928) 672-2700.
Keet Seel Tour 2009 is close for the winter, but will reopen May 22, 2010. We will begin accepting reservations for Keet Seel Tour after New Years 2010.
The closest major airport is Sky Harbor in Phoenix, AZ; travel by rental car is 4.5 hours (278 miles).
Paved AZ Hwy 564 turns north off US-160 at Black Mesa, and leads to the visitor center.
There is space to turn around in the parking lot at the visitor center.
No public transportation is available.
The monument is small; AZ Hwy 564 ends at the border. Sunset View Campground is just beyond the visitor center, and the two always-open overlook trails are behind the visitor center. Canyon View Campground is 1/2 mile distant; just keep following the paved road. The guided hikes to Betatakin/Talastima and Keet Seel/Kawestima traverse difficult terrain, with steep switchbacks, sand hills, quicksand, and other backcountry hazards slowing travel. These two backcountry hikes require free ranger guides or permits and are recommended only for experienced and fit hikers.