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Keet Seel (Kawestima)

Keet Seel (Kawestima)

Photos by Rob Jones
Navajo National Monument Trip Report

      America's southwest is dotted with mysterious, age-old pueblo villages. Built upon high cliff ledges, the cluster assembly of rooms resemble today's apartment buildings. At the end of Arizona's State Route 564 lies the Navajo National Monument, home to the largest cliff dwelling village in the United States. Keet Seel (Kawestima) displays an astonishing condition of preservation. After climbing a 70 foot ladder, the pueblo is Hisatsinom Potteryready for a close up inspection. The grounds are littered with clay vessels, pottery shards, food remnants and dislodged building bricks, just as the Hisatsinom had left it 750 years ago. The 160 room complex dates back to 1200 A.D. and is thought to have only been occupied for a short and very mysterious 50 years.
      Keet Seel is one of three ancient pueblo villages located at the Navajo National Monument and is the only one allowing a close-up and personal view of the rooms and kivas. The dwellings are thought to have been built by the ancestors of the Hopi, called the Hisatsinom. The hike to Kawestima is not a leisurely stroll, it requires a full day 18 mile roundtrip hike. A guide will accompany all visitors and tours begin Memorial Day weekend and end around Labor Day.

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