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Coal Mine Canyon

Address: Az Hwy 264, 15 miles south-east of Tuba City, Tuba City, AZ
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Ranked #3 of 4 things to do in Tuba City
Type: Canyons, Nature & Parks
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Type: Canyons, Nature & Parks

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Hamilton, Montana
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66 reviews 66 reviews
25 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Beautiful colors in the rock walls. Previous reviews describe two different points of access--at the windmill, easily visible to north of road about 14 miles from Tuba City, and at the Hotevilla sign about 18 miles. If you take the second option, it's about 3 miles on dirt track to the canyon where there are several overlooks. Any car can... More 

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Prescott, Arizona
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82 reviews 82 reviews
24 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

My husband read something about it and then saw photographs and has been wanting to see it for a couple of years. We actually were in Flagstaff for my birthday and took the side trip to see it. We followed directions that others have posted and found it with no trouble, but there are no signs. As you approach it... More 

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Tuba City, Arizona
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92 reviews 92 reviews
43 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

when i moved to tuba city i saw this site when i was driving in. I was curious on what was upon those hills, so i went for it! this spot is hard to give a location.. I'd say its about 10 miles out of Tuba. The canyon walls remind me of the painted desert up in Winslow Az Area.... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We was told about this place information from Hopi friend. This place is sacred and very important for Hopi peoples. All ethnic group is here. We have understood what they want to say and we have to do in the world. We must keep the state of the environment in which a situation exists.

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Oracle, Arizona
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

As a teen growing up in the area, we would head to Coal Mine on nights with a full moon. Sitting on the edge of the canyon, we watched to moon shine on the rocks in the center of the canyon. The legends were told of a widow who walked the canyon looking for her husband. If you watched long... More 

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St Catharines
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40 reviews 40 reviews
13 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We were staying in Tuba City and heard about Coal Mine Canyon, during breakfast the next morning we asked the local police in the restaurant if it was worth the drive. They were more than helpful in giving us directions to the canyon. Yes you have to watch for the windmill off in the distance, turn onto a desert road... More 

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Toquerville UT
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51 reviews 51 reviews
22 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

We were going to the Hopi Reservation for a couple of days and I knew about this short side trip. We found the road to be in very good shape, any car could have made it. We were there late morning and the colors would be better early AM or before Sunset. My wife stepped out of the car and... More 

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Sedona, Arizona
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

Coal Mine Canyon is very beautiful in conjunction with excursions to Hopi or Monument Valley. You can get permits to hike it at Cameron Trading Post highway 89 about 20 minutes south of Tuba. This is Native country. It's a geologically sensitive area and not designed for tourism and therefore I am a little concerned about impact. Best to hire... More 

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Lethbridge, Canada
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105 reviews 105 reviews
20 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

14.4 miles (from the map) east of the junction of 264 and 160 at Tuba City, turn left onto a dirt road and drive straight NW. The abandoned mine buildings are located at 35° 59.742'N 111° 44.784'W (Google Earth) and there are residences nearby, so be respectful. 300 metres SE of the buildings there is an enclosure with concrete benches,... More 

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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298 reviews 298 reviews
169 attraction reviews
179 helpful votes 179 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

lived in area many years, revisiting on my "bucket trip"... my off-road equipped jeep was well suited, but in past visits have seen many vehicles get themselves hung up... excellent first hand geology and many fossils clearly visible, each rain brings new finds

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