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Keet Seel Ruins

Keet Seel

A Remembrance of Things Present
©Miles Hecker


In Navajo, Keet Seel means "broken house". Keet Seel was built in a branch of Tsegi canyon between 1250 and 1286AD. At its peak, it is believed that Keet Seel was inhabited by up to 150 people. Keet Seel is considered by many archaeological experts to be one of the best preserved larger ruins in the American Southwest.

Unfortunately for the casual visitor, Keet Seel is located over 8 miles from the vistor center. During the warmer months, hikers may choose to day hike or stay overnight in the designated campground near Keet Seel. Keet Seel hikes requires advance reservation and obtaining a backcountry permit at the visitor center. Daily limit is 20 people for this 17-mile round-trip hike on a primitive trail; elevation loss and regain is 1000 feet. Hike on sand hills and rocks, cross ankle-deep stream many times Click "here" to download current Keet Seel hiking information in a pdf format.


Very early in the morning on sunny day or anytime on an overcast day.


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