Kayenta, Arizona RV Campgrounds

Kayenta, Arizona RV Campgrounds
Kayenta, Arizona, attracts those who are interested in the ancestral Pueblo cliff dwellers. The town has no RV campgrounds, but Navajo National Monument (NNM), 52 miles away, has 47 of the most enjoyable campsites in which you'll ever park your RV. There are no services at the sites, but flush toilets are located nearby. Typical northeastern Arizona low trees shade the campsites, and the views are magnificent.

Campgrounds

Sunset View Campground, 6/10 mile from the Visitor Center, contains 31 sites on a paved loop. RVs must be 28 feet or shorter. Canyon View Campground 1/10 mile from the Visitor Center, is famous for peace and panoramic views. There are 16 primitive campsites situated on unpaved road. This location also contains three group sites. The Keet Seel campground offers backcountry camping in the shadow of a cliff dwelling, is 8 1/2 miles from the center of the park, and it caters to desert-experienced backpackers. An advance permit is required.

Sunset View Campground

Sunset View Campground, 6/10 mile from the Visitor Center, contains 31 sites on a paved loop. RVs must be 28 feet or shorter.

Canyon View Campground

Canyon View Campground 1/10 mile from the Visitor Center, is famous for peace and panoramic views. There are 16 primitive campsites situated on unpaved road. This location also contains the three group sites.

The Keet Seel Campground

The Keet Seel campground offers backcountry camping in the shadow of a cliff dwelling, is 8 1/2 miles from the center of the park, and it caters to desert-experienced backpackers. An advance permit is required.

Kayenta Activities

Take a tour of Indian country by jeep or horse, or drive your own vehicle to Navajo National Monument, Monument Valley Tribal Park and around Black Mesa. Visit John and Louisa Wetherill's grave. John rediscovered and made known to Western society several pre-Puebloan ruins sites and the modern-ancient history of the area. Spend time in the Kayenta Trading Post. At NNM, be sure to take one of the five hikes, which include the Sandal Trail, 1 mile round trip, mostly along the top of the mesa; Betatakin tour, 5 moderate miles; and the 17-mile strenuous Keet Seel trek.

Specifics

At 7,000 feet, NNM is cooler than nearby Kayenta, at 5,641 feet.
Camping in designated campgrounds at NNM is free on a first-come, first served basis. Only the three group sites can be reserved. The Navajo Nation observes Mountain Daylight Savings time (as do Utah, New Mexico, and Colorado), unlike Arizona outside the reservation, so adjust your appointments accordingly.
The best way to make arrangements and to find availability is to phone Navajo National Monument at (928) 672-2700.

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