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Shonto in Navajo County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Sandal Trail

Navajo National Monument

 
 
Sandal Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 5, 2008
1. Sandal Trail Marker
Inscription.  Follow the easy one-mile (1.6 km) round-trip trail to a point overlooking Betatakin Ruin—multi-level cliff-village home to a community of 13th-century Anasazi farmers.

On the way there and back, you’ll be walking through pygmy forest—a complex community of plants and animals that dominates the high, semi-arid plateaus of the American Southwest. Watch in particular for dwarfed, gnarled pinyon and juniper trees “posing” in photogenic postures and configurations—leaning at odd angles, sprouting peculiar limb-growths, bearing tangles of exposed roots, and appearing to try to crowd each other out.
 
Erected by National Park Service-United States Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 36° 40.716′ N, 110° 32.478′ W. Marker is in Shonto, Arizona, in Navajo County. Marker is on Arizona Route 564. The marker is near the Navajo National Monument Visitor Center. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Shonto AZ 86054, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wagon (a few steps from this marker); Hogan (a few
Betatakin Canyon image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 5, 2008
2. Betatakin Canyon
steps from this marker); Sweathouse (a few steps from this marker); Big Sagebrush (a few steps from this marker); Dinosaur Footprint (within shouting distance of this marker); The Pygmy Conifer Forest - An Indian Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Canyons in Time (within shouting distance of this marker); Upside-down Mountain (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shonto.
 
Categories. Anthropology & ArchaeologyNative Americans
 
Betatakin Ruins in the distance image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 5, 2008
3. Betatakin Ruins in the distance
Direction to the Sandal Trail image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 5, 2008
4. Direction to the Sandal Trail
Navajo National Monument Visitor Center image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 5, 2008
5. Navajo National Monument Visitor Center
Sign at the entrance to the National Monument image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 5, 2008
6. Sign at the entrance to the National Monument
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 30, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 436 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 30, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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