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White House Ruin, Chinle

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  • We had a jeep tour scheduled but decided to take a late afternoon hike in the evening before despite thinking we might be driving by it anyhow. As a result of having been there, our jeep guide chose t...  more »
  • White House Ruin is the largest structure in Canyon de Chelley but it is not nearly as well known as similar sites across the Southwest. That is precisely why i like it. Also, a dirty little secret of...  more »
  • This is a site not to be missed. We viewed it both from the upper rim and right in the canyon when we took a jeep tour by a local guide into the canyon. One thing that makes it special is that you can...  more »
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  • Good place to stop and get some great views of the Canyon and the house. My visit to the Canyon de Chelly was one of the highlights if my Arizona trip. The views of the canyon are breathtaking. Every overlook gives you a different feel of the canyon. Maybe some day I will go back and tour the bottom of the canyon and look up these beautiful walls.
  • If possible, do the trail down to the ruins. It is a nice grade and a marvel of small scale human engineering. You pass through two tunnels to descend to the bottom. The valley floor is amazing. The ruins are spectacular up close.
  • Take the trail down. It’s a nice hike into a lovely canyon and it’s totally worth seeing the ruins up close!
  • Spectacular panoramic views of Canyon de Chelly. The relatively easy to moderate switch-back trail down into the canyon to the White House ruins is, literally and metaphorically, breathtaking. Every turn reveals another beautiful aspect of the land. Towards the end, you pass through a short tunnel, you emerge into what seems a Shangri-La. The fertile canyon bottomlands are filled with yellow flamed cottonwoods (in Autumn), Navaho farmers growing crops, horses idyllically grazing in the golden light. The White House ruins are fenced off for protection, but still afford excellent views and many stunning photographic perspectives. If you get there in the late afternoon, around 3 to 4, the sun illuminates the entire cliff with all of its magnificent weathered striations over the ruins. It's a sublime and sacred, but abandoned, world. Take your time there.
  • Wonderful overlook, especially in the late afternoon evening, and a great trailhead.
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