Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Chinle

Must see · Canyon · Nature / Park
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. Arrange to visit Canyon de Chelly National Monument and other attractions in Chinle using our Chinle trip builder website.
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  • We have been many times in Canyon the Chelly (we have 2 ranger- friend here), so we could do special walks together with the rangers. Always very special. But still I think one of the most beautiful.....  more »
  • We stopped here in our way out of the area. The main visitor center was closed but we were able to drive into the park and check out the wonderful landscape.  more »
  • Not only is the landscape rugged and beautiful, there are multiple Indian dwellings and artifacts here  more »
  • Absolutely gorgeous! It's a bit out of the way but it's worth every mile of your drive. The hike down to White House Ruins is just beautiful. I've been to Canton de Chelly a few times and it amazes me every time I see it. One day I'll take a horseback ride in the canyon. Highly recommended.
  • Wow!!!!! Amazing. This place is so so beautiful and worth the stop. Many pull offs above the canyon for pictures. The best would be to hike down to White House for a more personal experience. Easy down. The hike up is really challenging more towards the top but so worth it!
  • Nice place to see some cliff dwellings and rock formations. Did the south rim drive which was nice with lots of overlooks. Continued on the dirt road for about 40 miles to cut across to Gallup. Nice scenic drive until we discovered one of my tires picked a nail and got a flat tire.
  • I spent a couple of years in childhood living near here. The canyons were always a treat to visit. Lots to see on both north and south roads. I can't speak to tour operators in the canyons since we used our own vehicles back then but would recommend the canyon floor if you can do it. Pictographs and ruins are awesome close up.
  • Beautiful canyon with many picturesque overlooks! Culture, solitude, easy access to town hotels and dinning in center the Navajo Reservation. Surrounded by beautiful landscape. Don't miss the visitors center.

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