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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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South Rim-afternoon drive

I suggest driving the South Rim in the early to late afternoon, so that the sunlight is at the best angle to see the spectacular rock formations and ruins. Be sure to bring... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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77 reviews 77 reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

I suggest driving the South Rim in the early to late afternoon, so that the sunlight is at the best angle to see the spectacular rock formations and ruins. Be sure to bring binoculars--you'll kick yourself if you don't!

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Portland
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83 reviews 83 reviews
59 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Actually, there are two canyons that meet and this is the one that has both Spider Rock and the White House. Well worth the time to see it from the rim. There are many stops so you get to see different portions of the canyon.

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So Cal
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86 reviews 86 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Several viewpoints, but only a few are handicap accessible. White house ruins were interesting, but my fav was spider rocks. Take binoculars, there are several unnamed ruins that you can discover.

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

After the jeep tour in the canyon, this is a wonderful way to get a different perspective of the beauty.

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Sacramento
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75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Several of the stops feature view of cliff dwellings but they are very far away. Allow an hour if you are not going to hike.

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Deming, New Mexico
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104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

At each stop the views are different. If you see some small pipes welded to the handrails be sure and look thru them even if you have to wait. They will point you to ruins you would miss in cracks and caves on the other side and the zoom on your camera will give you some great pictures.

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Denver
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98 attraction reviews
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We did not make arrangements for a guide so we did this on our own. It's very beautiful and seeing this canyon is amazing. We did most stops to see the sights.

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Jackson, New Jersey
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Magnificent views of the Canyon on this 37 mile trip with several lookouts. Find yourself at times about 1000 feet above the canyon. Spider Rock can be seen on this drive.

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Annapolis, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

There are seven overlooks on this rim. They canyon gets higher as the sites pass. It is difficult to realize the vastness of the canyon when you are looking above --until you see a jeep at the bottom and it looks like an ant.

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San Francisco, California
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87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Make sure to stop at Tsegi, Junction, White House Ruins, and Spider Rock overlooks. My photo from Junction is https://flic.kr/p/rCYEhz But it's definitely worth taking a tour to see the ruins from the canyon floor.

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