Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Chinle
Categories: Geologic Formations, National Parks, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
Canyon de Chelly National Monument is one of the most-visited national monuments in the United States. Its rough walls were carved from water running off the Chuska mountains. Here you can view the canyons that resulted from these waters, home to the ancient Anasazi whose pueblo homes are protected from the sun within the deep crevices. Spider Rock, a spire that pierces the sky with 229 m (750 ft) of rock, draws many outdoor enthusiasts. You can hike the White House Ruin Trail along the canyon floor without a guide. The Navajo tribe owns the land; an authorized Navajo guide can lead you on other trails. Ask about guided tours with a local park ranger. Using our custom trip planner, Chinle attractions like Canyon de Chelly National Monument can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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On this visit we took the 3 hrs tour from the Thunderbird motel. because of their open vehicles. They do not provide the most comfortable ride may-be, but have awesome views.There are seat belts and i... read more »
This national park is fantasy before your eyes! You can see all of the overlooks and views in a single day. But a tour on the canyon floor is absolutely worth it! Oh can only get in with a permit and ... read more »
Had a wonderful Navajo guided Jeep Tour of the canyon. Cliff dwellings and petroglyphs all around. It was fun to see the magic and beauty of this canyon first hand. We also drove the South rim to see ... read more »
This Canyon is something spectacular! I think everyone would love to see this place. While there aren't many cliff dwellings here, and the ones that are here are not well preserved, the views are incredible. The formations are incredible. There are many homes within the park and actually farms down on the Canyon floor. Many people call this a mini Grand Canyon but it's very different. You can see a lot of the Canyon by driving through and stopping at the overlooks. You can take a tour through the Canyon floor as well. It's definitely worth it.
This place is a bit of a drive for most people, but I would consider it worth it! The town around the area really doesn't have much at all, so the National Monument is gonna be your sole reason for coming. It very much looks like the Grand Canyon in many respects- but it's like you're getting a much closer view! Not nearly as busy and equally beautiful, it is a must see if you enjoy such trips. Depending on the time of year you may see flowers, or more "green" areas, and there are several places to stop and visit the view-points or vistas. There is only one trail you can use without a guide, and it is worth the trek. If you're spending more than a day to visit, I would highly recommend getting a guide and going on some of the more protected trails or in the secluded areas. Bring water, sunblock, snacks, and cash if you want to purchase items for sale by the locals.
One of my favorite destinations for native American historic culture. Look for the Indian Fry Bread Food Truck, usually located on highway 191, just south of Indian Route 2092, on the west side of the road. Don't worry. It's safe. Ask for the guy that got a ticket after crossing the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. If that's him then you're about to eat some of the best fry bread in the four corners region.
I don't know if I'd go out of my way to see this, but if you're nearby it's worth a stop. Spider Rock was quite impressive. There also ruins, cultural history and the sad massacre cave site. I liked this park, but there were people dumping trash out of their car and food left all over for stray dogs, which made it the dirtiest National Monument I've been to.
fantastic experience with navajo jeep tour, it is reasonable but it is worth it. we even experienced horse back which was very cheap for an hour.
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