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Address: Chinle, AZ
Activities: Driving
Description: A scenic and dramatic 36-mile drive along the 500-foot rim of Canyon de...
A scenic and dramatic 36-mile drive along the 500-foot rim of Canyon de Chelly.
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Would highly recommend traversing the South Rim drive at mid-morning or later as many of the canyon areas were in shadow when we went through in the early morning. The turnouts... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Would highly recommend traversing the South Rim drive at mid-morning or later as many of the canyon areas were in shadow when we went through in the early morning. The turnouts each had beautiful views, and it was an easy drive.

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Really couldn't believe how nice the views were - some from the road itself but there were plenty of scenic pull outs

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Cedar Falls, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We took the canyon tour in the morning and then followed up with visiting the overlooks along the south rim of the canyon. If you are going to visit the canyon, it is well worth your while to also take a guided tour through the canyon.

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

The drive along the south rim allows one to see many amazing views, including Spider Rock, and also access the walk down to the canyon floor to see some of the ancient buildings. It looks as if the walk will be terrifying, as it seems to disappear over the edge, but, when one gets to the start of the path,... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Nice drive from mouth of canyon up to Spider Rock. A good half hour of meandering road with a couple of canyon overlooks and parking. Can see a long way into the Chinle valley to the south. The first overlook with parking has stairs and a trail down, but a guide is needed. The second overlook has an awe inspiring... More 

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Lots of driving to view overlooks (which are stunning) but if you want more than driving, don't make this your number one destintion.

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Birmingham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Several viewing points. Well worth the drive. Lovely native Navajo sellers in some of the viewing areas, selling reasonable priced goods.

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Marietta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

The south rim is a true gem of the Southwest, the best sunset options are on the South Rim and they can be spectular.

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Arlington, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Well worth it and beautiful! Drive and hike as you go. Artists at each overlook. Make sure you tour the inner canyons.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Do the South Rim Drive in the afternoon to take advantage of the sun lighting up that part of the canyon and leading to sunset.

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Address: Chinle, AZ
Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Chinle

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