The View Campground & Cabins

An Outdoor and Indoor Oasis

The View Campground

 

By Roberta John

MONUMENT VALLEY – It’s all about the mystical view.
That is the view of Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park here on the northern outskirts of the Navajo Nation.
For the past several years, visitors have had an opportunity to wake up to the soothing rays of the sun overlooking towering chestnut-colored rock formations at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park from their room at The View Hotel – the only hotel in the world that is located in Monument Valley.
However, owners of The View Hotel Armanda and Art Ortega, soon learned there are also visitors who want to connect with Mother Earth yet still be able to embrace the warm welcome of early morning dawn from a whole new level. Visitors who revel in outdoor adventure yet want a haven where mother nature abounds and wake up to a feeling of openness.
With that concept in mind, the Ortegas planned and designed a multi-dimensional campground, which is called The View Campground while the cabins at the campground are called “The Cabins at The View.” Located just north of The View Hotel, The View Campground has 29 separate cabins that authenticate a cultural retreat and vintage peaceful pleasure.
And whether you’re talking about scenery or The View Campground, it echoes the spiritual solitude and calmness of the valley.
“The view captivates what we want visitors to see and experience,” said Armanda Ortega. “It just seemed appropriate to name our hotel and now our new RV campground using the word view.”
The word view has proven to be an effective marketing tool for Armanda who is the president of her company called Shadi’i’ Co. Shadii means older sister in Navajo.
Most visitors who visit Monument Valley are so amazed that they often come back for a second visit.
The View Campground also includes 30 RV spots and 30 wilderness campsites, which attracts outdoor enthusiasts who want to capture the essence of rustic living and a dust of authentic Navajo history.
Thanks in large part to Armanda and her father Art’s creative ingenuity, there is an abundant amount of options for lodging at Monument Valley from their perfectly located accommodation called The View Hotel and now The View Campground & Cabins at The View.

The View Cabins

Photos courtesy of The View Campground & Cabins

The cabins have a rustic look on the outside to imitate a natural age pantina, but have a warm and timeless realm of western nostalgia on the inside.
No expenses were spared….giving this ranch-like campground a sense of legacy and retreat.
Armanda explained that the RV spots are dry and the cabins are fully furnished and equipped just like a private hotel room.
In traditional Navajo culture, touching Mother Earth is a form of healing and medicine so it was important to design the rooms with a ground level ambiance and give visitors a down-to-earth experience.
The RV campground has full shower facilities with restrooms, WIFI and access to all of The View Hotel amenities including discount breakfast at The View Restaurant.
Armanda explained that since they are still in their first year of operation, many visitors did not know there was a RV campground or cabins at Monument Valley until they arrived.
“We are working to change that very quickly,” she commented.

The View Cabins
The Navajo-owned company hired up to 20 people during the peak of the tourism season in the summer. The View Campground was completed in June 2014; however, there are additional plans for improvement.
“It is a work in progress,” Armanda added. “We are working behind the scenes to help visitors enjoy the magnificent beauty and wonder of Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. However, we know the true beauty of this valley are the Navajo people who are the cultural treasures and an integral part of this world-renowned attraction.”

The View Cabins
Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation Department Manager Martin L. Begaye reverberated his support of The View Campground, noting, “We are very pleased that there is a multi-use RV campground and cabins here within Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. The new addition has helped create new jobs for the local Navajo people and provide a new avenue for visitors to experience the unique solitude that can only be found here at Monument Valley. The View Campground has also helped increase visitation to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park and increased revenues that will help maintain and improve the park. Lastly, The View Campground also allows visitors to stay longer.”
The View Campground…where the stay is as important as the view.
A place to bask in the quiet and hear the sound of nothingness.
The perfect retreat to hear silent whispers of Navajo culture.
For more information about The View Campground or The View Hotel, contact them at www.monumentvalleyview.com
www.theviewcampground.com
www.cabinsattheview.com

The Navajo Nation Zoo

The Navajo Nation Zoo and Botanical Park is the only Native American owned-and-operated Zoo in the Country.

Navajo Nation Zoo 1

Zoo Hours: 10 am – 4:30pm, Monday – Saturday, and most major holidays.

Admission is Free for everyone!

Navajo Nation Zoo

The Navajo Nation Zoo and Botanical Park offers a number of services to the Navajo People and visitors from all over the world. Nearly all of our products and services are free of charge too!

Free guided tours to school groups
Picnic areas for rental for your next event
Event Rental Of The Navajo Nation Zoo

The Animals at the Zoo
The Navajo Zoo has over 100 animals representing just over 50 species. All of these animals are on permanent display for our visitors’ enjoyment. As you notice from the links above, we have a great collection of common animals that are native to the Navajo Nation and Southwest U.S.


Coyotes Of The Navajo Nation ZooThe Navajo Zoo has two Coyotes, named Codee and Lucky Sophia. The Zoo acquired young Codee in May 2011 from Sanders, AZ, and Lucky Sophia came all the way from Mojave Valley, AZ in February 2012 to live at the Navajo Zoo.

Cougars Of The Navajo Nation Zoo
The Navajo Zoo has three Cougars on exhibit. The eldest is named Sophie and came to the Navajo Zoo in 1997 from Yuma, AZ. She is rather shy. Previously she shared her enclosure with a very friendly male named Napoleon, who died in 2008 after living at the Zoo for 18 years. In September 2011 we introduced two new older cubs to Sophie. One is a male that already weighs 90-100 pounds before his first birthday; the other is a female (photo above) that is half the size of Sophie. The new male was named Hunter and the female was named Kay-bah through the Zoo’s Adopt-an-Animal Program.

Navajoland Inn & Suites Hotel Saint Michaels & Window Rock AZ


Sponsoring the Navajo Shoe Game Tournament.

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Navajoland Inn & Suites Hotel Saint Michaels & Window Rock AZ

Navajoland Inn & Suites Arizona welcomes you in our most popular, comfortable, luxurious and lively hotel in Navajo nation. It is located just 3 miles from Window Rock the capital of Navajo Nation. The city extends into the states of Utah Arizona and New Mexico. It covers 27,000 square miles of unmatched beauty. Navajo Hotel Arizona offers you to enjoy your stay at Navajo nation where you can see more than a dozen of national monuments, tribal parks and many more historic places. At Navajo Nation Inn Arizona you can enjoy a quiet night in one of our rooms or make the night special in one of our suites. Each and every room offer a perfect view of the Window Rock Cliffs and Forest

Hotels near Navajo nation

If you are searching for a hotel near Navajo Nation then Navajo land Inn and Suites is the best destination to stay with your family and friends. Your whole family, friends and kids will love to visit all the places in and near Navajo nation like NAVAJO NATION MUSEUM AND ZOO, WINDOW ROCK AIRPORT, GOLF COURSE, NATIONAL PARKS etc. At navajoland Inn and S suites you can conducts parties, events and business meetings. We provide you an area of 1,200 sq ft of meeting space, seating in a room for 80 people, Theatre seating for about 50 people and U-shape seating for 50 people for your business meetings. Here we provide you Flip charts, w/markers, TV and VCR Screen in our conference rooms at rental. After a long exhausting day with lots of travel and meetings you can relax in our indoor heated swimming pool which will defiantly take away all your fatigue. You can also relax in the Jacuzzi. For people who are fitness conscious we also have a fitness center, euro spa and sauna to keep them fit and healthy.

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A full floor of unique lifestyle amenities
AM/FM Alarm Clock
Hairdryers Available
Coffee Maker in Room
In-door heated swimming pool
24 Hour Front Desk
Meeting/Banquet Facilities
Handicapped Rooms/Facilities
No Smoking Rooms/Facilities
Refrigerator/Microwave only in suites
25 inch TV
Free Parking
Restaurant
Free Local Telephone Calls
Television with Cable
Fitness Center or Spa
Ice Machine
Conference Facilities
Laundry Service
Iron/Ironing Board
Pets Allowed (but for a fee)
Jacuzzi
Wheel Chair Access
Truck Parking
Security
Two-room suites for honey mooners, business people,
or large families.

Meeting Facility :

Team Meetings, religious retreats, family gatherings or game night for your group are all welcome. We offer 1,200 sq ft of meeting space Classroom seating for 80 people Theatre seating for 50 people U-shape seating for 50 people For your meeting we offer the following supplies available with the conference room rental: Flip charts w/markers TV and VCR Screen Please ask about meeting space rental and equipment fees.

Little Colorado River Gorge

From Little Colorado Gorge Navajo Tribal Park you can get a fantastic view of the deep narrow gorge of the Little Colorado River.

Little Colorado River Gorge

Little Colorado River Gorge

The Little Colorado River starts at  Mt. Baldy in  Arizona through the Navajo Nation and then makes its way northward before reaching the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon.

The visitor center is located at the junction of Highway 89 and Highway 64 in Cameron, Arizona.

Little Colorado River Gorge

Little Colorado River Gorge

HOURS & FEES
Entrance Fee  Hours are:
8:00am – 7:00pm, 7 Days a week

Entrance Fee for at VIEWPOINT 1 is:
Per Car- $2.00
Per Motorcycle – $1.00
Per Tour Bus – $10.00
Per Commercial Van – $5.00

NO Entry Fees at VIEWPOINT 2

CONTACT INFORMATION
Little Colorado River Tribal Park Office / Visitor Center
P.O. Box 459
Cameron, AZ  86020
tel : 928-679-2303
fax : 928-679-2017

Navajo National Monument

The boundary-line which divides Utah from Arizona divides the most gorgeous expression of the great American desert region. From the Mesa Verde National Park on the east to Zion National Monument on the west, from the Natural Bridges on the north to the Grand Canyon and the Painted Desert on the south, the country glows with golden sands and crimson mesas, a wilderness of amazing and impossible contours and indescribable charm.

Within this region, in the extreme north of Arizona, lie the ruins of three neighboring pueblos. Richard Wetherill, who was one of the discoverers of the famous cliff-cities of the Mesa Verde, was one of the party which found the Keet Seel (Broken Pottery) ruin in 1894 within a long crescent-shaped cave in the side of a glowing red sandstone cliff; in 1908, upon information given by a Navajo Indian, John Wetherill.

Keet Seel, with over 160 rooms including six kivas, is the largest cliff dwelling in Arizona.

Professor Byron Cumming, and Neil Judd located Betatakin (Hillside House) ruin within a crescent-shaped cavity in the side of a small red canyon.

Betatakin Ruin has 135 rooms including living quarters, granaries and one kiva.

Twenty miles west of Betatakin is a small ruin known as Inscription House upon whose walls is a carved inscription supposed to have been made by Spanish explorers who visited them in 1661.

INSCRIPTION HOUSE - photograph by William B. Douglas - 1903

INSCRIPTION HOUSE – photograph by William B. Douglas – 1903

Inscription House, the smallest of the three, has 44 rooms, several granaries and one kiva. (Inscription House is closed to the public.)

The pueblos were vacated in the 1300s, probably due to erosion which depleted the soil in the canyon floor and lowered the water table

While these ruins show no features materially differing from those of hundreds of other more accessible pueblo ruins, they possess quite extraordinary beauty because of their romantic location in cliffs of striking color in a region of mysterious charm.

But the Indian civilization of our southwest began very many centuries before the arrival of the Spaniard, who found, besides the innumerable pueblos which were crowded with busy occupants, hundreds of pueblos which had been deserted by their builders, some of them for centuries, and which lay even then in ruins.

The desertion of so many pueblos with abundant pottery and other evidences of active living is one of the mysteries of this prehistoric civilization.

No doubt, with the failure of water-supplies and other changing physical conditions, occasionally communities sought better living in other localities, but it is certain that many of these desertions resulted from the raids of the wandering predatory tribes of the plains, the Querechos of Bandelier’s records, but usually mentioned by him and others by the modern name of Apaches.

These fierce bands continually sought to possess themselves of the stores of food and clothing to be found in the prosperous pueblos. The utmost cruelties of the Spanish invaders who, after all, were ruthless only in pursuit of gold, and, when this was lacking, tolerant and even kindly in their treatment of the natives, were nothing compared to the atrocities of these Apache Indians, who gloried in conquest.

Of the ruins of pueblos which were not identified with Spanish occupation, six have been conserved as national monuments.


Navajo National Monument, is run by the National Park Service,

Summer hours: From  May 27, 2012 to September 08, 2012.
The visitor center is open 8 A.M. to 5:30 P.M.

Winter hours: From  September 09, 2012 and ends May 25, 2013.
The visitor center is open 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. every day.  

Fees & Reservations
Free guided hikes to cliff dwellings.
Free self-guided trails on mesa top (3 of them).
Free campgrounds (48 sites total).
Free movies (3 of them!)

Source: National Park Service

Inscription House Ruin Nitsie Canyon Arizona

Located in the Navajo Reservation, the three sites—Betatakin (Navajo: “Ledge House”), Keet Seel (“Broken Pottery”; see photograph), and Inscription House—are among the best-preserved and most elaborate cliff dwellings known. The three sites, made a national monument in 1909.

Inscription House Ruin Navaho National Monument

Inscription House was partly built using a form of adobe brick. Unlike modern adobe bricks, these have ample amounts of grasses.

Inscription House. The latter ruin derives its name from an inscription scratched into the clay plaster of a wall. It reads, “Shapeiro Ano Dom 1661.” An intrepid early Spanish explorer or missionary, probably on his way to or from the Colorado River, must have entered the canyon in which this ruin is located and paused at the long-abandoned pueblo to scratch a record of his visit. So far as recorded it was not visited again until June, 1909.

Inscription House Ruin Navaho National Monument

Nitsie Canyon, in which Inscription House is located, is formed by a series of deep-cut canyons, whose courses zigzag in every direction like the tentacles of some huge devilfish, their rounded points and sides shimmering in the sunlight as though pulsating with life. At the rim one pauses in astonishment at this riot of color and form spread out below.

At Inscription House, the problems of Keet Seel were compounded by the nearby trading post and environmental problems. Since the 1930s, erosion had been visible in the wash below Inscription House. In the early 1940s, the wash eroded at the rate of about twenty feet per annum.

By 1944, it was “positively dangerous” to reach Inscription House.

In 1949, the ferocity of the flow of water caused a number of burials from the cave at Inscription House to wash out toward Lake Meade. Brewer found bones and high quality pottery in the wash after a heavy spring rain, prompting him to call for better protective measures against creeping erosion.

In addition, vandalism became more common at Inscription House in the early 1950s. Unauthorized visitors sometimes dug in the ruins. Local schoolchildren repeatedly scratched initials in the soft adobe walls. Clearly the Park Service had to take action.

But without an allocation of resources, any changes enacted remained largely cosmetic. Aubuchon optimistically concluded that the arduous trek to the outliers “precludes the person who has a mania for destruction,” but vandalism was an endemic problem.

The best mechanisms the regional office could offer were passive. Regional Director Tillotson advocated “a tightening of control over these isolated sections of the monument,” but no allocation to support those sentiments followed. Tillotson reiterated his longstanding opposition to directional signs for the trails to Keet Seel and Inscription House. He approved the idea that visitors should be required to register with the Park Service before they were allowed to proceed to either of the backcountry areas.
But
in the face of the declining condition of the two ruins, such remedies fell short of solving critical problems.

Inscription House, 36° 40′ 14″ north. 110° 51′ 32″ west.

Source: National Park Service

Betatakin Cliff Dwelling Ruins – AZ

Betatakin, part of Navajo National Monument, occupies a large cave in the north wall of an unnamed south fork of Laguna Canyon,1 which latter empties into Tyende Creek at Marsh Pass.

Betatakin Cliff Dwelling Ruins

Betatakin means “House Built on a Ledge” in Navajo.

About 15 miles northeast of the Pass is Kayenta, founded by Wetherill and Colville as a trading post late in 1909 and since grown into an oasis of peculiar charm—the home of several white families, chiefly associated with the local Navajo Indian hospital and its related activities.

It was inhabited by a semisedentary people. Following the so-called Basket Makers, first known agriculturists of the Southwest, came three other equally. distinct stages of tribal and material development to culminate in those great, communal towns of the Pueblo period—Betatakin, Keet Seel, and Inscription House.

It was first seen by whites on August 5, 1909, when a Utah University exploring party led by Prof. Byron Cummings and guided by John Wetherill was directed to it by a Navajo Indian, casually met in Segi Canyon.

This Indian pointed the way and then sat down beside the trail to await the party’s return. Through inherent fear of all things associated with the dead, he steadfastly refused to advance within sight of the ruin.

Betatakin Cliff Dwelling Ruins -2

Betatakin has about 120 rooms at the time of abandonment, but today only about 80 rooms remain.

Eastern Navajo Fair and Rodeo – Crownpoint, NM

July 22-26 2015 in Crownpoint NM.

MAP of  Crownpoint NM.

Eastern Navajo Fair and Rodeo

 

 Events

Bareback Bronc Riding
Bull Riding
Cowgirl’s Barrel Racing
Cowgirl’s Breakaway Roping
Junior Barrel Racing
Saddle Bronc Riding
Senior Breakaway
Steer Wrestling
Team Roping
Tie Down Roping
Sanction
AIRCA

Contact Information

EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS:

Roger Freeland, President
(505) 612-8137
Linda Schweigman, Vice-Pres.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Loritta Largo, Ent./DANCE
(505) 870-8024

Henry Begay Jr., PARADE/Frybread Contest
(505)401-2714
(505) 786-5606

Thelma Johnson, Concession
(505) 406-9586

Michael Morgan,RODEO
(505) 686-1039

Leonard Freeland, Health/Safety
(505) 609-9745

Vangie Tully, Pow-Wow
(505) 409-0139

Tonita Yazzie, Queen Pageant
(505) 406-6250

Jerrilene King, Teen Princess Pageant

Chris Murphy, 4H
(505) 288-9234

Tammy Charley, Admission/Parking
(505) 713-2211

 

 

Keet Seel (Kiet Siel “broken house” in Navajo)

Keet Seel (Kiet Siel “broken house” in Navajo)

Kiet Siel (Kits’iil, commonly spelled Keet Seel) which stands for “broken house” in Navajo, is a well preserved cliff dwelling of the ancient Anasazi people located in a branch of the Tsegi Canyon in the Kayenta region of Northeastern Arizona.

Keet Seel

The old Ancestral Puebloan ruins of Keet Seel were discovered by Richard Wetherill in early 1895 and made a national monument in 1909.

The site was first occupied at around AD 1250, during a time in which a large number of people were believed to be aggregating in sites such as this in this part of the American Southwest.

There was construction at Kiet Siel from AD 1272 to 1275, with construction halting completely at about AD 1286.

At its peak, its believed that up to 150 people inhabited the Kiet Siel this site at one time.

The Discovery of Keet Seel
Source: Fred M. Blackburn November 12, 2005

The Keet Seel cliff house had one room containing the valuables of several Navajo families. Visits there three different years found them there each time. One burial mound that was previously worked proved to be very rich in pottery and burials, more than 100 skeletons being removed and more than 400 pieces of pottery being saved and brought away entire.

The first work at Kiet Siel was done by a party led by Richard Wetherill, and financed by Theodore Bower [Bowles] in 1897. They left Mancos, Colorado, in October, 1896, and reached Kiet Siel in March 1897.

The notes, plans, photographs, and artifacts were turned over to the American Museum of Natural History, New York. W.B. Douglas surveyed and made a plan in August, 1909.

Dr. J. Walter Fewkes, of the Smithsonian Institution, visited the Kiet Siel ruins in September, 1909, and made out a report that came out later. There was a report of 1909 gotten out by Dean Cummings for the University of Utah.

In 1909 W.B. Douglas, of the Land Office in Washington, D.C., looked over the ruins and decided they should be made into a National Monument.

Most of the pottery is of the finest quality in designs of black and white which indicates a developed art in that direction that has not been rivaled. Some of the large ollas, particularly, measuring two feet across are perfect both in shape and design.

anasazi pottery

At the conclusion of the expedition Richard hoped to sell the collection, rumored at 2000 artifacts for $5500. He would split the collection proceeds with Whitmore and Bowles. Richard eventually settled for a sale to the Hyde brothers of $3000 in January of 1898.

STONE AXES
Several fine stone axes are lying about evidently discarded ones but of excellent workmanship and on examining the various timbers about the walls and roofs one can easily see that they were all cut with stone axes from the gnawed off appearance of the ends.

One huge timber lying directly across the front of the outer walls, possibly used at one time for a prop or support with a length of 40 feet and 14 inches in diameter, was cut and trimmed with stone axes which must have required considerable patience, skill, strength and time to cut, showing an admirable side of their character.

Antelope Canyon – Page Arizona

Antelope Canyon on the Navajo Nation near Page Arizona is the most-visited and most-photographed slot canyon in the American Southwest, mostly because it is easily accessible.

Antelope Canyon 1

It is located near Page on Navajo Nation land, just outside Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and close to AZ 98 a few miles east of town (at milepost 299).

Antelope Canyon is a narrow, red-sandstone slot canyon with convoluted corkscrew formations, dramatically illuminated by light streaming down from above.

The best photos are taken at high noon, when light filters through the slot in the canyon surface.

Antelope Canyon 2

 

According to The Navajo Parks & Recreation:
The Navajo name for Upper Antelope Canyon is Tse’ bighanilini, which means “the place where water runs through rocks.”

A long time ago, herds of pronghorn antelope roamed freely in Antelope Canyon, which explains the canyon’s English name.

Upper Antelope is at about 4,000 feet elevation and the canyon walls rise 120 feet above the streambed.

Lower Antelope Canyon is Hasdestwazi, or “spiral rock arches.” Located within the LeChee Chapter of the Navajo Nation.

Antelope Canyon 3

Lake Powell Navajo Tribal Park Office
P.O. Box 4803
Page, AZ 86040
(928) 698-2808 voice (928) 698-2820 fax
email : ac@navajonationparks.org
http://navajonationparks.org/htm/antelopecanyonpark.htm

Entry Fees
General Admission (ages 8yrs & older) – $6.00
Ages 7 or younger – Free

Entrance Fee Station Hours (Mountain Standard Time year round)
Peak Season (late March – November 1) 8:00am – 5:00pm, 7 Days a week
Off Season (November 2 – early March) 9:00am – 3:00pm, 7 Days a week