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Cities & Towns

Cameron Arizona: 36 miles north.

Flagstaff, Arizona: 15 miles southwest.

Tuba City, Arizona: 63 miles north.

Sedona, Arizona: 44 miles south.

Page, Arizona: 120 miles north.

Holbrook, Artizona: 97 miles east.

Winslow, Arizona: 65 miles east.

Parks & Monuments

Wupatki National Monument: 15 miles north on the Loop Road.

Walnut Canyon National Monument: 8 miles south.

Navajo National Monument: 123 miles northeast.

Monument Valley Tribal Park: 158 miles north.

Grand Canyon National Park (South Rim): 126 miles northwest.

Grand Canyon National Park (North Rim): 176 miles northwest.

Canyon de Chelly National Monument: 218 miles east.

Montezuma Castle National Monument: 60 miles south.

Petrified Forest National Park: 128 miles east.

Tuzigoot National Monument: 80 miles southwest.

Red Rock State Park: 49 miles south.

Slide Rock State Park: 36 miles south.

Dead Horse Ranch State Park: 75 miles southwest.

Recreation & Wilderness Areas

Coconino National Forest: Adjoins the Monument.

Strawberry Crater Wilderness (USFS)

Kachnina Peak Wilderness (USFS)

Lamar Haines Wildlife Area

Kaibab National Forest: 35 miles northwest.

Oak Creek Canyon Natural Area: 15 miles southwest.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area: 125 miles north.

Historic & Points of Interest

Museum of Northern Arizona (Flagstaff)

Navajo Indian Reservation: Adjoins the Monument.

Hopi Indian Reservation: 30 miles east of the Monument.

Riordan State Historic Park (Flagstaff)

Fort Verde State Historical Park (Camp Verde)

Tusayan Ruin and Museum (Desert View)

Meteor Crater: 90 miles southeast.

Jerome State Historic Park (Jerome)

Homolvi Ruins State Park (Winslow)



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