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South Rim Drive

Chinle, AZ
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Ranked #3 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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Sacramento, California
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204 reviews 204 reviews
67 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

We took tripadvisor reviewers advice and started at the Spider Rock viewpoint. It's the deepest part of the canyon and most impressive. There are several stops and we visited many of them. White house parking lot has bathrooms, as does the visitor center. Each overlook has a completely different view of the canyon, river and farms below. This was much... More

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Gig Harbor, Washington
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

We followed advice and started at the far end of the drive, looking over Spider Rock. Afternoon shed great light on the far wall.

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Hillsboro, OR
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17 reviews 17 reviews
16 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Great photo opportunities and short hikes. Friendly native american vendors offer opportunities to purchase beautiful work.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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29 reviews 29 reviews
27 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Spider Rock is the most picturesque, and the last of the overlooks. We were advised to do this one first and work our way down, which worked out well. By the end we were pretty well canyon-ed out, but it was worth it. Do the White House Ruins Trail if you have time!

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Sahuarita, Arizona
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

The rim is great. The canyon itself is unbelievably beautiful. If you can't do the canyon tour, then the rim is a great view.

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Winchester, Virginia
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225 reviews 225 reviews
153 attraction reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

Hit the south rim in the afternoon to get the full effect of the sun hitting the canyon walls. All the overlooks are well marked and easily accessible. Great views at each overlook.

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Tallahassee, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

Well spaced overlooks give travelers a glimpse into the canyon and its history. Some places allow vendors and you will have a chance to observe and hopefully buy some very nice Native American jewelry and art.

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Cottage Grove, Minnesota
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189 reviews 189 reviews
79 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

This is a great road to see the sights in Canyon de Chelly. The road was recommended to us by someone in the visitor's center as we arrived in the afternoon. Evidently the north road is more picturesque in the mornings. We were not disappointed as each stop offered spectacular views. The spider rock was the most breathtaking view in... More

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Cottonwood, Arizona
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

The drive is great. View are wonderful. You might get a little sick of the natives trying to sell there beautiful wares. I do understand that this is there lively hood but after the third one we were like, ok stop. So we just started saying as soon as we got out of the car that we were not interested.... More

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Marstons Mills, Massachusetts
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63 reviews 63 reviews
27 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

The end of the South Rim Drive takes you to one of the Navajo's sacred sites - Spider Rock. Try to get there before too late in the day, when shadows obscure the view of these incredible rock formations in the canyon. The colors will amaze you.

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