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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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Scenic Access Road to Stunning Canyon de Chelly

The South Rim Drive (Rt. 7) is one of two scenic drives along the canyon rim in Canyon de Chelly National Monument. These roads are paved and well-maintained. South Rim starts at... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed January 16, 2017
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Tucson, Arizona
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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2017

The South Rim Drive (Rt. 7) is one of two scenic drives along the canyon rim in Canyon de Chelly National Monument. These roads are paved and well-maintained. South Rim starts at the entrance by the visitor center (8am-5pm, free park admission) and goes about 16 miles west to east along the canyon to the famous Spider Rock monolith. You... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2017

Canyon de Chelly is one of the most amazing places on the planet, and deserves several days to explore its wonders. If however you have only a few hours, the South Rim Drive should take priority. Stop at every overlook (there are more here than on the North Rim Drive) and do more than snap a few photos. Listen to... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2016

The South Rim drive of the Canyon de Chelly is not a very long drive and has few view points where you can park and see the Canyon from above. Only one of the stops (the white house) you can explore the location without the need of a tour guide.

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Lansdowne, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2016

Very little hiking access but the vistas!!!! Go at sunset and wow you will be rewarded....get into the canyon too for another perspective

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La Canada Flintridge, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2016 via mobile

Well worth a trip. Smaller but more approachable and historic than the Grand Canyon. Expect to spend at least half a day if you want to see everything. Highlights: Spider Rock, Sliding House, White House & Tunnel overlooks. I'd recommend driving to Spider Rock first (the furthest stop) and then coming back slowly. Bring a long lens as a lot... More 

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Fort Smith, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

You can travel the canyon rim and stop at various points. I recommend doing this in the early morning or just before sunset. The views are tremendous. There are no guard rails, so be careful of pets and children: the drop is fatal.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016 via mobile

Our family recently visited Canyon de Chelly National Monument outside Chinle, AZ. The park is free to enter and once inside visitors can choose to either drive down the North Rim or the South Rim of the canyon. The South Rim seems to be the more popular route as it has more overlooks and 2 of the parks landmarks in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

Superbly photogenic/picturesque canyon with the amazing Spider (or Totem Pole) Rock at the end of the drive (South Rim for sure - we didn't do the North Rim). Lots of overlooks and easily driven to and walked around. Off the beaten track but well worth the effort. A real highlight for us on our Route 66 trip - top 10... More 

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Petersburg, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2016 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2016

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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