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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  • Located just outside Chinle in North East AZ, this National Park is well worth the effort of getting there. The scenery is spectacular and there is a lot of history in this area. Before going into the...  more »
  • Less known than other tourist destinations but nothing to envy regarding beauty and charm! This canyon is located in Chinle in a Navajo reservation on a desert plateau of 1600 meters ... the Indians who still live in this reserve allow the visit only with guides or through a path that leads to the unique ruins! Alternatively you can visit the canyon from the edges with an eye to the Spider Rock ... two 25 metre high twin rocks!! Spectacular!
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  • Canyon de Chelly is a beautiful place to visit ! We drove to the south rim , White House overlook , where they have a 2.5 round trip hike down the canyon to the White House. It was very chilly in late...  more »
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  • 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.
  • We have so many amazing National Parks and treasures (especially in this part of the country!) that I think Canyon De Chelly gets overlooked. If you've never been to Page, AZ...the Grand Canyon...or Sedona, AZ...go those places first. But then come here and enjoy a totally different, but grand experience. Be prepared to spend $150 plus to explore properly with a Navajo guided Jeep tour at the base of the Canyon, otherwise you'll be limited to a few overlooks and one trail. We went in the winter and it was quiet and warm in the sun, great to explore without any crowds.
  • Beautiful National Monument, the views are breathtaking. Have to go back to do the bottom of the canyon. One of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. The views from every overlook are breathtaking. The sights are always different and memorable. Wish I had had more time to spend there.
  • Another beautiful and remote area in the desert southwest. This place is unique because the native Navajo still live and ranch in the canyon, right next to beautiful cliff dwellings built into towering sheer cliff faces. The views from the top of the canyon are stunning, but make sure to get down into the canyon and walk around and feel the history of the place.
  • Amazing lookout views into the canyon. Great history of the native Americans and how they lived. Some views require a small hike, which is a plus on my book. Visitor Center was friendly and helpful!

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