Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Chinle

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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 had such a great hike down to the White House ruins! I am 43 and out of shape, but easily made it (we took a few breaks on the way back up). The views are beautiful! This is the 2nd largest canyon ...  more »
  • Wonderful trip !! Well worth a visit.... we hired a car and were able to visit all the sights. Make sure if you go during Independence Day 4th July that you book in advance.  more »
  • As spectacular as the Grand Canyon, without the crowds. Definitely worth taking a tour. It's in the middle of nowhere, and the town of Chinle has nothing else as a draw, but the sandstone formations a...  more »
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  • Great Canyon! There's a North rim and a South Rim. They each have several outlook spots to observe ancient dwellings on the rock (amazing!), so consider taking at least two hours to drive along each rim. There's no loop, so you'll have to come back close to Visitor center in order to drive to the other rim. If traveling with children, they might complain through each outlook, but they'll LOVE the long hike down the canyon to see the ancient White House dwellings. Easy hike down, a bit tougher on the way up, but totally worth it!
  • I visited Canyon de Chelly for the first time in late March this year and thought it was an excellent addition to our usual loop though monument valley and the Grand Canyon. The canyon is beautiful and of you're interested in ancient Navajo and Anasazi ruins this is a must see! Many amazing ruins can be seen from overlooks and tours provide a closer look (just be warned some overlooks may be somewhat far away from the road if you're not a big walker) but otherwise it's a great place to visit! The Thunderbird lodge was also a very nice hotel.
  • I enjoy trips here more than to the Grand Canyon. Be careful about leaving your car unattended. Some in the area are known to be a little light-fingered. But most of the folks you'll meet are really nice. Remember that the altitude is pretty high, and can wear you down if you are from lower country. Bring good binoculars so you can see the old cliff dwellings in the canyon walls.
  • One of the most beautifully underrated NPS sites in the southwest, Canyon de Chelly (de "Shay") offers beautiful red rock canyon overlooks, impressive ruins, and an immersion in Navajo culture and spiritual significance. Tours to the valley floor can be arranged through the Navajo, but the overlooks are publicly accessible and are stunning. Well worth the visit to this remote place.
  • Canyon de Chelly , is a beautiful place to visit ! After we left the Canyon we headed to Canyon de Chelly , which is about an 2 hour dive , We drove straight to the White House overlook / White House trail which I loved the trail , it’s about 2.5 miles in and out , took us about 2 hours , the trail is amazing , I saw little kids walking back up , very easy trail. We came here in late January which it was very cold and the wind was really blowing , but it was worth it , there are signs everywhere about not keeping anything valuable in your car or visible , but we didn’t have any problems , we put everything in out trunk , we really enjoyed the hike and the views , the White House at the end , they also have different trails , but you need a guide. They also have Jeep tours , horseback rides , but we love to hike so we hiked down the canyon to the bottom to the whole house , a must do !!
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