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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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Yuma, AZ
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127 reviews 127 reviews
47 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The north rim has two scenic overlooks, while the south has 17. If your time is limited, go for the south rim drive. Stop by the visitors center for good information about the canyon before you take the drive. Photos are probably best earlier in the morning or late in the day, particularly if it is a cloudless day.

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Rutherford, Tennessee 38369
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Be sure to take the guided tour as well as this drive Views were excellent and the Navaho vendors is worth stopping and purchasing their wares

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Hartford cheshire
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91 reviews 91 reviews
28 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

If you need to get out the hotel (and you will) the Canyon is amazing – don’t by pass it, it is breathtaking.

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Valrico, Florida
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163 reviews 163 reviews
121 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Given you have a total of 7 overlooks and access to the White House Ruins Trail this is the drive to take if you do not have time for both.

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Mount Vernon, Washington
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82 reviews 82 reviews
22 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Driving the South rim and stopping at the overlooks is a very enjoyable way to spend the half day it takes to see things. Since this was our first trip to Canyon de Chelley, it is worth it to stop and enjoy them.

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Kettering, United Kingdom
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109 reviews 109 reviews
87 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

The viewing points along this drive are impressive and come up frequently. Well worth spending half a day doing just this.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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549 reviews 549 reviews
350 attraction reviews
454 helpful votes 454 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Every overlook affords a different view so be sure to stop and enjoy. Take lots of photos and lots of time.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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198 reviews 198 reviews
110 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

I can attest that the South Rim Drive offers impressive views of the canyon and is one of the better scenic drives in the area. That said, the Navajo guided tour of the canyons is a far superior way to interact with Canyon de Chelly National Monument. I’m glad that Colorado Jim and I did both. My most vivid recollection... More

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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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105 reviews 105 reviews
29 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

From deep in the canyon, the hoots and hollers of young people rose up to the lookout. Below, far below, a white pick up towed a wheeled wooded sled along the shallow river bed. New foliage with that special light green glow fringed the river, ravens dove below, and the sun slipped beyond the bluffs! Great.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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74 reviews 74 reviews
47 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

If you have a limited amount of time do the south there are better overlooks and opportunities to hike into the canyon.

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