I took the ranger guided tour down into Tsegi Canyon to visit Betatakin which means "House Built on a Ledge in Navajo. The lush green growth of aspen, oaks and Douglas fir trees form a relict forest that has survived from the last ice age 10,000 years ago.
We descended 1000 feet into the lush green canyon on a trail built by the Navajos in 1930. They hand carried tons of limestone blocks into the canyon to create numerous steps.
|Going down the easy part.|
|First view of Betatakin|
100 to 125 people built, lived in and then abandoned Betatakin in a brief period of 50 years.
|Pictographs of Big Horn Sheep |
and the Fire Clan symbol.
|Big Horn Sheep petroglyphs|
|Going up not so easy. I got a good cardio workout.|
|Million dollar view at the free Canyon View Campground.|
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