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Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Chinle

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Geologic Formation
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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  • I really enjoy Canyon de Chelly as visiting and really experiencing it requires you to hire a Navajo guide. By doing so you get a much greater understanding of the culture, historically and currently....  more »
  • We spent a whole day in exploring all the overlooks on both the south and the north rims. Every one of them produces different, stunning views and nothing disappointed us. This is a really great place...  more »
  • WOW what a great trip used Canyon De Chelly tours what a great day. Reginald was our guide and he was very knowledgeable about the Navaho nation and it's history as welll as the canyon it self. Had on...  more »
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  • Some fantastic views here and quite unusual with a very green valley floor, some of which is cultivated too. There are a number of overlooks on the North and South trail but I would recommend the South. My only criticism would be that there are a number of hawkers at some of the stops however they weren't pushy.
  • 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 is worth the drive. Awesome Native guide, ask for Irene. Wonderful views, and one of the best parks I have been to on this one week tour of National Parks in this area.
  • Beautiful place to visit. Definitely recommend. Be sure to check out Spider Rock at the South Rim.
  • 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.