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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. 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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  • Between the petrified forest National Park and Monument Valley as a national park. Tour and not just about entering the course, there is nothing in the area, fewer people in the off the beaten path: a great landscape. Like most in the Grand circle. Spider rock name of the privately owned land is still inhabited by native American National Park unique is the highlight here was spectacular. It was a good picnic course road trail to the White House, feel the geological changes.
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  • The entrance to the Canyon is free. We only did the South Rim, which is said to be more beautiful in the North Rim. In two hours you see about 7 overlook, very scenic. Definitely nicer of Canyonlands.
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  • Really loved seeing Spider Rock and White House trail. Canyon is great and have lots of overlooks giving awesome views Definitely recommend this Canyon  more »
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  • I was very excited for my opportunity to take a tour of this fascinating and all around awe inspiring place. In a sense it is a dream come true and a spiritual experience being and visiting the canyon after reading and researching about the mysterious inhabitants. We took a tour with a native Navajo guide, Harris, who gave us a very detailed and informational tour around the canyon. He was very knowledgeable in all subjects, down to the names of each native plant and the source of the colorful bands that paint the canyon walls. Even though we only took a three hour tour I was very satisfied with the views and awesome environment we were in. I highly recommend going as it equals and at times surpasses the grand canyon and is Southwestern America's greatest gem.
  • The Canyon tour is great. You can do the overlooks but actually being in the canyon is a lot better. Beautyway Tours is a good bet. Ask for Aaron, he's a great guide, funny and knowledgeable. We had a great time!
  • Beautiful! Wish we'd planned this into our trip. Worth a visit! Drive both rims. Hike to the cliff dwellings. Will take the better part of a day for all 3 (which we didn't plan for).
  • Spectacular! This place is stunningly beautiful. We drove the south rim road, stopping at each of the lookouts. We met a native Navajo man who grew up and still lives in the canyon, and makes lovely paintings on pieces of sandstone he finds around the canyon. Next time we're going to take a horseback tour of the canyon floor. Can't wait!!
  • A beautiful place with breathtaking views. A few words of warning. First it is really spread out and you will need to drive a lot to see everything. Second the paths are definitely not wheelchair accessible and in fact should not be recommended for people with weak knees like me. Third the paths are not terribly well marked. Keep a good Lookout or you might get lost.

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