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South Rim Drive

Chinle, AZ
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Ranked #4 of 13 Attractions in Chinle
Type: Scenic Drives
Activities: Driving
Description: A scenic and dramatic 36-mile drive along the 500-foot rim of Canyon de Chelly.
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Portland, OR
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127 reviews 127 reviews
37 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

There are numerous pullouts to view the valley below and ancient ruins. Some viewpoints are from the pullout and others are a couple of hundred feet from the pullout. Don't miss this!

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Cary, North Carolina
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Lovely views of canyon from pull outs with some short walks. Good introduction - take tour to see more!

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Covina, California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
18 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Enjoyed the overlooks, as we are not hikers we could not walk the trails, but did enjoy the scenery we could see and the stories. Talked with a gentleman (Ted) from the Visitor Center who told us his mom lived at the bottom of the Canyon all her life and never left. He told her to pack her bags and... More

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hampshire
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161 reviews 161 reviews
39 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Did some of the north rim and some of the south should have stuck with the south there is more to see Don't be put off with the comment about the Navajo sellers they have to make a living and they are not pushy

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Menomonie, Wisconsin
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

The South Rim Drive is an excellent companion to a canyon tour. Without the canyon tour, it would still be pretty breath-taking, but you would miss the intimate understanding of the canyon and the way of life of the people inhabiting the canyon itself. The road is in good repair, but can get long to the various over-looks and views.

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Boston
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480 reviews 480 reviews
92 attraction reviews
529 helpful votes 529 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We chose the South Rim as we didn't have time to do both... and wanted to make sure we saw Spider Rock. If I did it again, I'd do the South Rim again. Spider Rock is worth the effort.

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Sedona, Arizona
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Well laid out, with lots of "pull outs"...and vendors. Recommend this ride be done after a Canyon tour; that way you have some 'perspective', and know what to look for. Binoculars are a must to see the various ruins, as they are quite distant from the rim. We liked White House, and Spider Rock the best. There are people selling... More

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Winston-Salem,NC
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204 reviews 204 reviews
52 attraction reviews
141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

So cool to view Anasazi ruins from the top after we went on the Canyon floor tour the day before - would recommend doing it in this order for the best understanding of the Canyon

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HENDERSON
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Drive to the last overlook and work your way back. Different vantages and views which are all beautiful!

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Colorado Springs
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Going at your own pace and stay as long as you like taking pictures. Fantastic views. Go in morning so not taking pictures into the sun.

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