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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Canyon de Chelly National Monument Reviews
If you are exploring Arizona, this should be on your list of "Must Do". It's well off the beaten path, so there are not nearly as many tourists as the other canyon. Take the time to go to the visitor'... more »
Our guide Ben was born and raised in the Canyon - he and the intrepid Daniel forded the rushing waters of the Chinle Wash over and over to show us the majestic red rock walls with numerous Anasazi dwe... more »
Easily overlooked attraction in Arizona. We visited every overlook inside of a day. All easily accessible from paved roads. Some overlooks have restrooms. Currently doesn't cost anything to do this, excursions into the bottom of the canyon do cost. Many overlooks will feature old ruins, bring binoculars/zoom lens for best viewing ( from overlooks). Make sure to see Spider Rock, this is the best overlook. Many edges have no railing, be careful with children and pets. Views in and around canyon are amazing. Keep in mind people still use this land, so expect farms and some homes in Canyon bottom and some on rim. Overlooks are setup to offer best views of natural canyon as much as is possible. Be sure to stop at visitors center, lots of good information, restrooms, map, & gift shop.
Drove the North rim from the visitor center to Massacre cave overlook stopping along the way to see the ruins. Well worth it if you like archeology or Native American history. The canyon itself is very picturesque. Dogs can walk the overlook trails on leash.
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