Keet Seel

Arizona’s Navajo National Monument requires a 17-mile roundtrip, but it’s worth it

Sixty miles from Monument Valley, this site makes you earn it. Beginning from the rim, a 17-mile round-trip (permit required; 20 people daily), best done as an overnight backpack, descends to a remote 160-room village abandoned 700 years ago. Too big of a commitment? Seasonal five-mile round-trip, ranger-led tours visit the 125-room Betatakin cliff dwellings, a destination impressive in its own right.