The Navajo National Monument video features majestic scenery that can be experienced along the Sandal Trail. Most of this trail is leveled and paved for physically challenged access and there are many good reasons why. This is the Navajo people homeland and many indigenous families journey to these ancestral grounds. The ease of access is important for the elders and the same goes for seniors of any culture, since this truly is a sacred place that kindles a spiritual awakening of life's long journey.
Traditional Navajo structures can be found at the start of the Sandal Trail and the sweat house example has an interesting story to tell. The views of Tsegi Canyon are mesmerizing to see and the red rock colors definitely are vivid. The piñon and juniper forests along the trail were ancient food resources and after a short time it becomes easy to imagine how an entire civilization sprouted in this canyon long ago. The natural red rock alcoves provided shelter and for all these reasons it is said that Tsegi Canyon was a gift from the mother earth spirit herself.
In one such gigantic bedrock alcove, the large ancient Betatakin Pueblo Complex can be seen in the shadows from the trail. High power binoculars are mounted on the overlook, so it is easy to get a close-up view. There are several more ancient pueblos hidden in the branches of Tsegi Canyon and the only way to access some of these highly protected sites is to book the official national park guided tour. This tour also includes an orated history and insightful information, so it truly is a good learning experience.
There are several other interesting Navajo tourism destinations nearby that are well worth checking out. Both Page and Tuba City offer modern accommodations and the local restaurants serve great food. Camping onsite at the Navajo National Monument is perfect for getting an early start for the guided pueblo tour. The Navajo National Monument is a serenely spiritual destination that certainly is a must to visit at least once in a lifetime!
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