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South Rim Drive

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Address: Chinle, AZ
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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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Easy access to beautiful views

Along the drive there are many parking areas where beautiful views are a short walk away. At some spots local Navajo displayed their handmade jewelry for sale on the hood of their... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Petersburg, Illinois
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44 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Along the drive there are many parking areas where beautiful views are a short walk away. At some spots local Navajo displayed their handmade jewelry for sale on the hood of their vehicles.

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aptos
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Check out the Overlooks on South Rim Drive. You will not be disappointed. They are peaceful and the views of the canyon are great!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were advised to drive to the last view point, at the end of the pavement, and work our way back. Each of the views is great, and provide a good feel of the history of the canyons and people who live, and have lived there. Take your time, and your binoculars, and enjoy.

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Wilmette, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived later in the day and so did not stop at all of the overlooks. The views are amazing and the light in the canyon as the sun is setting seems very "magical" as the colors change. The overlook turnouts and parking are well marked and accessible. The ruins are much better when viewed from inside the canyon on... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

Canyon de Chelly is a sacred place of the Navajo people. The rock formations are breathtaking as are the colors of the canyon. It is possible to see great beauty and the inside of the canyon by driving the South Rim if you don't have time to take the 3 hour tour. I urge you to take the tour to... More 

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Hamburg, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2016

Great tour to see the different aspects of the canyon from above. Plan for 3 hours if you wander about every now and then and possibly take pictures as well. 2 hours would be the kick-and-rush version and 5 hours or more the slow tour, including some walking down. plan a day if you want to walk down to the... More 

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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

The entrance to the park is 2.7 miles from Highway 191, through the city of Chinle. Just past the Visitor's Center is the option to take the South Rim and North Rim Roads. The road was well paved the whole way through, until it eventually ends and turns into a dirt road. Most of the paved portion had been recently... More 

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Tempe, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

Amazing drive, beautiful views, including spider rock. Afternoons are better because of the lighting.

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Northeast Kingdom, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

A local convinced us to do the south rim drive and stop at the Tsegi outlook. There we could see the flood plains of the river and the current farm use of the rich soil. We spoke with a knowledgable Navajo woman about the canyon life. Her grandmother of 104 lived in the canyon her whole life. We purchased a... More 

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Murray, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

This is a simple and free drive that offers amazing views and a diverse look at the canyon and its Native American ruins. Do it. Thank me later.

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