|Canyon de Chelly National Monument|
The canyon consists of four main gorges, with many side ravines branching eastward from Chinle into the Defiance Plateau. This is one of the longest continuously inhabited landscapes of North America, with many cultural resources, including distinctive architecture, artifacts, and rock imagery. C...
Navajo National Monument
|Description: High on the Shonto Plateau, overlooking the Tsegi Canyon system in the Navajo Nation, Navajo National Monument preserves three of the most intact cliff dwellings of the ancestral puebloan people (Hisatsinom). The Navajo people who live here today call these ancient ones "Anasazi."|
Wildlife to Watch: Varied habitats such as pinyon-juniper forests and fir and aspen groves within the canyon include species such as mule deer, coyote, mountain lion, cotton-tail and black-tailed jackrabbits. Birders hiking along the many trails will find a wide variety of birds, including turkey vulture, red-tailed hawk, American kestrel, gray flycatcher, western scrub and pinyon jays, western and mountain bluebirds, juniper titmouse, mountain chickadee, bushtit, black-throated gray warbler, rock and canyon wrens, and Cassin’s kingbird. Reptiles in the area include eastern collared lizard, common lesser earless lizard, common side-blotched lizard, ornate tree lizard, gophersnake, and prairie rattlesnake.
Other Activities: Four trails from 1-17 miles in length. The one-mile Sandal trail is accessible to wheelchairs. The guided hikes to Betatakin/Talastima and Keet Seel/Kawestima traverse difficult terrain, require free ranger guides or permits and are recommended only for experienced and fit hikers.
Ownership: National Park Service
Size: 600 acres
Closest Town: Kayenta
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