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South Rim Drive

Address: Chinle, AZ
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Ranked #3 of 12 Attractions in Chinle
Type: Scenic Drives, Outdoors
Activities: Driving
Owner description: A scenic and dramatic 36-mile drive along the 500-foot rim of Canyon de Chelly.
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Type: Scenic Drives, Outdoors
Activities: Driving
Owner description: A scenic and dramatic 36-mile drive along the 500-foot rim of Canyon de Chelly.
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Belleville, Canada
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101 reviews 101 reviews
31 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

When we saw the number of vehicles at the visitor center, we expected the road would be crowded; however, to our (pleasant) surprise there were very few vehicles encountered. In fact, we were somewhat surprised at how short a time some travelers spent at the overlooks: it was not unusual to see a vehicle roll in, see a window roll... More 

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Green Valley, Arizona
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

A Tour of the South Rim Drive is a must if you want a complete view of the canyon. Great photo opportunities abound from each overlook. A rim tour gives the canyon visitor a comprehensive view of just how high the canyon walls actually are.

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Sun City West, Arizona
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73 reviews 73 reviews
16 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

The South Rim Drive is an easy road to drive with about 10 turnouts. The road itself does not go along the edge of the rim so if you have any nervous passengers, they need not worry. The turnouts have ample parking and lots of guardrails for safety. A few have optional trails but on most of the stops, the... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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127 reviews 127 reviews
68 attraction reviews
193 helpful votes 193 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Beautiful 2 hour drive that can turn in to a day trip of you are not careful. Lots of pull outs and lots of hiking trails. It doesn't go through so you'll be coming back the same way. But it is the reason you came.

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Kamloops
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53 reviews 53 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This drive has great lookouts. Native artists were displaying and selling their art at these stops. We were able to see both rims in one day.

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Toronto
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98 reviews 98 reviews
53 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

The South Rim drive is comprised of seven overlooks and will probably take you about 3hours to see it all at a leisurely pace, not including hiking down to the White House Ruins. Some of the overlooks are wheelchair accessible, others require a very short hike from the parking lot. Some locations have public washrooms. None have water refill stations.... More 

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Tel-Aviv
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68 reviews 68 reviews
34 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

A 12 miles drive with several ample parking and walking path to spectacular view points. Some are also accessible to people with reduced mobility, but just only a few.Don't miss the drive

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Payson
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104 reviews 104 reviews
18 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

With 4 turnouts, this is a beautiful way to see the canyon - and it's free. Although the North Rim drive has more opportunities to walk out to the edge, the South Rim is more suitable for those who might have some sort of handicap.

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Flemington, New Jersey
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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

We drove to the very end of the drive first; about 1 1/2 hours before sunset. Good decision as the end of the South Rim has the best sights. The light on the canyon walls was fantastic. Walked to all the look outs and took great pictures. Great activity before taking a canyon tour with Tseyi Jeep Tours the next... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

The drive out to the Spider Rock overlook winds through the Pinon and Juniper at a distance from the Canyon, so stops along the way at overlooks is recommended. Specifically spectacular, however, is the final overlook above Spider Rock. This spire has enormous cultural significance, and is a beautiful sight, particularly at sunset. If you can time your trip to... More 

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