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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  • We enjoyed ourselves here VERY much. Our two tours were simply BEAUTIFUL. We felt happy to be there and learned a fair amount about the Navajo people which we appreciated greatly. I wish more... 
    We enjoyed ourselves here VERY much. Our two tours were simply BEAUTIFUL. We felt happy to be there and learned a fair amount about the Navajo people which we appreciated greatly. I wish more...  more »
  • Absolutely incredible. Be prepared for a long drive, poor food options, no alcohol for 100 miles and sketchy motels. Yet this was one of my favorite vacations ever! We stayed at the best place to... 
    Absolutely incredible. Be prepared for a long drive, poor food options, no alcohol for 100 miles and sketchy motels. Yet this was one of my favorite vacations ever! We stayed at the best place to...  more »
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  • Terrill was the best guide! The history we learned here, about Kit Carson and the 9000 Native families sure wasn't taught in my history books. He conveyed the sacred, spiritual history of this place from his heart, and brought a whole different dimension to it. Fantastic.
  • One of the most beautiful canyons in the West. This monument is jointly owned by the Navajo tribe and the National Park Service. To be taken into the inner recesses of Canyon de Chelly one must hire a Navajo guide. If you have the time and money it is well worth it; there are also beautiful drives on the top of the canyon and lovely views into the canyon. It is a spectacular place, and one of the few places where the real traditional Navajo lifestyle is still at work. I'm a geologist so I should note that Canyon de Chelly (pronounced "shay") is the result of a large monoclonal uplift with the stream cutting down through layer after layer of beautiful sandstone. Everyone should go there at least once.

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