Keet Seel Trail

Navajo County, Arizona

Elevation Gain2,188ft
Trailhead Elevation6,800ft
Elevation Min/Max6322/6800ft
Elevation Start/End6800/6800ft

Keet Seel Trail

Keet Seel Trail is a hiking trail in Navajo County, Arizona. It is 5.9 miles long and begins at 6,800 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 11.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,188 feet. Along the trail there are a waterfall and springs. This trail connects with the following: Betatakin Trail.

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"This is a backpack to one of the largest and best-preserved cliff houses in Arizona. This trail takes you to one of the largest and most spectacular prehistoric cliff houses in Arizona, the 160-room Keet Seel, tucked under a huge overhang in a remote canyon. People of the Anasazi culture lived for more than a thousand years in the Four Corners region, the area where Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona join at a common point.

Along the trail grow high desert plants typical of the Colorado Plateau country: four-wing saltbush, big sage, virgin’s bower, Mormon tea, rabbitbrush, nakeweed, skunkbush, juniper, and pinyon. You may be lucky and spot a rock squirrel or chipmunklike antelope squirrel, although most of the canyon country’s mammals tend to be nocturnal. Common raven, turkey vulture, scrub jay, canyon wren, rock wren, red-tailed hawk, and other birds may be seen or heard. Keet Seel is a Navajo phrase meaning “broken pottery,” and you may see pottery shards and other artifacts eroding out of the sand along the trail. Admire and photograph them, but please return them to exactly where you found them."

"Often billed as the largest cliff dwelling in the state, Keet Seel offers one of Arizona’s best-preserved glimpses into the prehistoric past.

Tucked inside a beautiful alcove in a remote canyon of the Navajo Indian Nation, the ruins provide the perfect reward for a long day’s hike. The stunning red rock scenery found throughout the journey is equally rewarding."

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Trail Information

Navajo County
Nearby City
Skill Level
Navajo National Monument, Navajo Nation
Local Contacts
USGS Betatakin Ruin, Keet Seel Ruin, Marsh Pass
Local Maps