Shonto - Things to do

Surrounded by natural chaparral-covered mountains and the Navajo National Monument, Shonto is brimming with traditional Navajo architecture, and boasting easy access to many of Arizona's great canyon lands, Shonto is one of Arizona’s best vacation destinations.

Less than 70 miles from the stunning beauty of Monument Valley, its appeal is as special as its population of generational family, you will find ample time to explore the riches of Shonto Canyon and Tall Mountain, travel to near-by Lake Powell, and plan a Jeep tour in Kayenta.


Shonto is equally famous for Turquoise. Skills handed down from generations, Navajo traders have crafted the most exquisite jewelry including bracelets, and stunning necklaces.


Monument Valley - Navajo Tribal Park

The infamous Monument Valley Navajo Trial Park is located just over an hour's drive from Shonto. The red-sand desert region is located on the Arizona-Utah border and is known for the towering sandstone buttes.

The park, frequently a filming location for Western movies, is accessed by a looping, 17-mile Valley Drive. The famous, steeply sloped Mittens buttes can be viewed from the road or from overlooks such as John Ford’s Point.

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Betatakin Ruins - Navajo National Monument

Betatakin translates to "house built on a ledge" and these famous Anasazi Ruins are located high on the Shonto plateau, overlooking the Tsegi Canyon system just west of Kayenta, Arizona.

Just a few miles from the Shonto Community, it features a visitor center with a museum, two short self-guided mesa top trails, two small campgrounds, and a picnic area. Rangers guide visitors on free tours of the Keet Seel and Betatakin cliff dwellings.

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Antelope Canyon - Famous Navajo Attraction

Antelope Canyon is just a short 60 minute drive from Shonto, Arizona. Many people are fascinated by this slot canyon.

Synonymous with other famous attractions in the American Southwest, Antelope Canyon is located on Navajo land just east of Page, Arizona. It includes two separate, scenic slot canyon sections, referred to as Upper Antelope Canyon (or The Crack), and Lower Antelope Canyon (or The Corkscrew). The Navajo name for Upper Antelope Canyon is Tsé bighánílíní, which means "the place where water runs through rocks". Lower Antelope Canyon is Hazdistazí (called "Hasdestwazi" by the Navajo Parks and Recreation Department), or 'spiral rock arches'. Both are in the LeChee Chapter of the Navajo Nation. They are accessible by guided tour only.

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Arizona Attractions

  • Cameron Trading Post
  • Coconino National Forest
  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
  • Grand Canyon Caverns
  • Grand Canyon Railway
  • Grand Canyon Skywalkk
  • Havasu Canyon
  • Hopi Cultural Center Museum
  • Hualapai Indian Reservation
  • Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site
  • Kaibab National Forest
  • Lowell Observatory
  • Meteor Crater & Museum
  • Montezuma Castle
  • Musuem of Northern Arizona
  • Navajo Museum Library & Visitor Center
  • Oak Creek Canyon
  • Pipe Spring National Monument
  • Prescott National Forest
  • San Francisco Peaks
  • Sunset Crater
  • Tonto National Forest
  • Tuzigoot National Monument
  • Verde Canyon Railroad
  • Walnut Canyon National Monument
  • Window Rock
  • Wupatki National Monument


  • Acoma Pueblo
  • Aztec Ruins National Monument
  • Bandelier National Monument
  • El Malpais National Monument
  • El Morro National Monument
  • Four Corners Monument
  • Jemez State Monument
  • Petroglyph National Monument
  • Red Rock State Park
  • Salmon Ruin
  • Zuni Pueblos


  • Anazazi Heritage Center
  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Monument
  • Box Canyon Falls and Park
  • Ute Indian Museum


  • Anasazi State Park Museum
  • Dead Horse Point State Park
  • Edge of the Cedars State Park
  • Hovenweep National Monument
  • Natural Bridges National Monument
  • Rainbow Bridge National Monument
  • Red Canyon
  • Snow Canyon State Park

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