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Canyon de Chelly National Monument

Chinle, AZ 86503
928-674-5500
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Ranked #2 of 13 Attractions in Chinle
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Canyons, National Parks, Monuments/ Statues, Ancient Ruins, Caverns/ Caves, Geologic Formations, Historic Sites
Activities: Hiking, Camping, Driving, Four-wheeling, Horseback riding
Traveler Description: The beautiful red rock canyons can be viewed from numerous overlooks along two rim drives.  The North Rim features 3 overlooks and the South Rim... more »
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Huntington Beach, California
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61 reviews 61 reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

I had read many reviews about Canyon de Chelly and was very excited to be going. We got there is the afternoon and had no problem finding a camping spot at the Cottonwood Campground. Our site unfortunately was so overrun with ants that we couldn't enjoy the outdoors. Just a walk to the truck and you had ants on you.... More

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Montrose
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

First time we have been here when a storm was building and it somehow added atmosphere to this awesome canyon. Dark clouds and flashes of lightning overhead somehow emphasised how deep it is to the floor below. People walking on the canyon floor were barely discernable to the human eye. Note that the local people selling pottery and jewelry only... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Canyon de Chelly NM combines Basketweaver, Puebloan, Hopi and Navajo histories and cultures. A good native guide can point out how these cultures interacted and also the tragic intrusions of the Spaniards and US Cavalry. Plan on most of a day in the canyon.

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Prescott, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

We had a great tour of Canyon de Muerto. It is located in the same area as Canyon de Chelley (you actually take a left not a right once into the canyon area), but holds the most pictographs and petroglyphs. Our guide was terrific and said that de Muerto was the only place to see the ruins and wall etchings.... More

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california
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Be sure to get a Navajo guide to take you into the canyon. Hike to White House was a little hard for us oldies but worth doing. Mid Sept was a great time to be there

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Port Townsend, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

You must see it to believe it. It was a gift of a lifetime to experience Canyon de Chelly. Hike down to White House to experience the canyon without a tour or a jeep ride.

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Hampshire
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

The canyon was just spectacular. We took a 4x4 tour of the canyon and it was just so interesting to hear factual stories of the canyon from our wonderful Navajo guided. Canyon de Chelly is beautiful and a must for those that appreciate, like us from the UK, the wonderful parks and monuments that the US has to offer.

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hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

We like every thing the monument is awesome we had a 4hour tour and should have had the day We opted to visit a weaver who lived in the canyon spun her own wool from her sheep fascinating

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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170 reviews 170 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

This is a really beautiful canyon. It seems Arizona has them all. We drove around at our own pace on the paved road and did not take a tour. The red rock is breathtaking and reminds you of the color of Sedona and Monument Valley. Loved it. Wanted to come home to St. Louis and paint all of our cement... More

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Rochester, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Thanks to our host and his amazing map in Blanding we slightly altered our route to come down through Tsaile along rt 64, the north rim of Canyon de Chelly en route to Chinle. There are several spectacular overlooks along the way, mostly paved pathways, some stone. At some of the overlooks Navajo Indians have set up their crafts and... More

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