On the way to the Grand Canyon, we stopped by Navajo National Monument which preserves three of the most intact cliff dwellings of the ancestral puebloan people (Hisatsinom). The last two pictures show one of the dwellings named Betatakin which means “House Built on a Ledge” in Navajo. Betatakin was built between 1267 and 1286 in an alcove measuring 452 feet high and 370 feet across. The dwelling had about 120 rooms and housed 125 people at its maximum occupation.
August 21, 2013 – Navajo National Monument, AZ