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Canyon de Chelly National Monument

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Address: Chinle, AZ 86503
Phone Number: 928-674-5500
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Activities: Hiking, Camping, Driving, Four-wheeling, Horseback riding
Description: Red cliff and canyon walls that are home to ancient Indian ruins.

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in your face beauty

This canyon is not to be missed. It isn't nearly as "grand" as the Grand Canyon, but you are so close to the rock formations you can almost touch them. It is a bit of a trek to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Morgan Hill, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

This canyon is not to be missed. It isn't nearly as "grand" as the Grand Canyon, but you are so close to the rock formations you can almost touch them. It is a bit of a trek to get there but well worth the trip. It is not commercialized like other places so it's just you and a few others... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Every international traveller knows about the Grand Canyon and most, Sedona. Yet this national park within Navajo Country is absolutely up there with the others, better even, and free to enter. We had the prvilege to have a few too many drinks with a Navajo couple in a bar near where we were overnighting. They said we just had to... More 

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Rockaway, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Although walking down into the canyon and then back up was a challenge in the heat, I'm glad we did it. It was as good as our Grand Canyon visit and seeing the ruins was well worth the trip.

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Lakes Region, NH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

My 3rd time to Canyon de Chelly. First time was in 1986. I just love it. Find it the most wonderful place in the whole world and I am no stranger to to the Grand Canyon (at least x8), Yosemite, Monument Valley (x3), Hawaii (x4), Alaska, Florida (xn), Disney (x2), Blue Ridge (x7), Acadia (x3), San Francisco (xn), Salt Lake... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

I've lived in NM for 31 years, and had never visited Canyon de Chelly. Wow! It is better than the Grand Canyon! The park is open 24/7, and there is no fee. Drive the south rim and enjoy the lookouts in the afternoon to get the best sunlit view, and the north rim in the morning. For Spider Rock, keep... More 

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Fishers, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

This place is tough to review. Canyon de Chelly is a heritage site set in a beautiful canyon. Cliff dwelling ruins dot the canyon walls, as do petroglyphs. Wild horses roam the valley floor, and we saw mountain goats on a high ledge. Sounds idyllic, right? Not. We took a tour, and the canyon floor is marred by numerous fences,... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Good quality paved roads thru the monument to viewpoints where Indian ruins can be viewed. Excellent campground near the visitor centre in the Cottonwood trees. Chenle itself is not attractive.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

The facility was very well done. The staff was very helpful. The sights were well marked and had good descriptions.

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Glendale, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

I love the scenic views of Spider Rock and other parts of the canyon. Even though you need a Navajo guide to drive through the canyon, the scenic drive from the top is stunning.

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Sorry but this park is lacking what a lot of other sites in UT and AZ have and I'd skip it. First, of as far as ancient history, you can see much less even if you have high power binoculars at small sites on the other side of the canyon, nothing like Mesa Verde. (I did self guide and did... More 

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