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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  • I echo the recommendation to stop at the Visitor Centre first for the brochure and other information. There is a lack of signage in the Monument - such a complete lack I think it must be intentional. ...  more »
  • This was an absolutely amazing, can't be missed, experience! We took the 4 hour tour through Thunder Bird Lodge where we had stayed overnight. It was a spectacular early November day. We were in a ope...  more »
  • Stop at the Park Ranger station and get a brochure of all the lookouts before driving the south and north rim roads. Take the time to look around and enjoy the beauty and appreciate what you are looki...  more »
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  • This is probably the most beautiful place I have ever been in my life, and I have traveled a bit. I guess you could call it a smaller version of the Grand Canyon, but it doesn't cost a fortune, you don't have to fight a 1000 people to see it, and it is actually more beautiful. The authentic Navajo artists that sell their handmade wares at the various lookouts are friendly And knowledgeable… willing to take the time to discuss what it is like to live in and near the Canyon, and how they make each piece they are selling. If you are near northern Arizona, you absolutely have to visit this place, or regret it the rest of your life, knowingly or not.
  • Great experience and visitor center staff were amazing to talk with and get advice on our visit. We were limited on time so they told us the best things to see on our time budget. The families at the lookouts were respectful and helpful and though they were selling things, they never pushed anything on us. Beautiful place to visit.
  • We hiked down into the canyon on a very hot day. Then we spent another few hours stopping at all the lookout points. We spent an extra hour chatting with the native crafters near the White House pueblo at the bottom. We bought some very well made jewelry and commissioned a lady to weave us a rug. We were the only ones on the trail climbing out and when we got up to the car it was 99 degrees. Take lots of water and try to spend some money if you're able.
  • It's great. It turns out this is not the white house that the president lives in. The hike is not long but for some could be straining. I would love to go on a tour through the canyon as the white house is just the beginning of amazing relics.
  • An amazing canyon. Plenty of wildlife and unlimited amounts of beautiful views. When I was down in the canyon it felt like stepping back in time. Bring plenty of water and small snacks, best not to feed the wildlife. Best time to enjoy it is late spring and early fall.
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