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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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Worthwhile Drive With An Unexpected View Below

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Julian G
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Long Beach, California
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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 2 weeks ago

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

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Thank snish28
Northeast Kingdom, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Thank Moni S
Murray, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Hythe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

An easy drive and you can't get lost. Many overlooks down into the valley below. Plus some wild horses on the road towards the end.

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Tecumseh, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

I recommend leaving at about 4 pm and plan on 3 hours or more if you stop at every overlook and take the short hikes. If you take the White House Hike (only trail to the bottom of the canyon that is open to the public; others require a guide), it is a 2.5 mile moderately strenuous hike and will... More 

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Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

We have visited multiple times and always enjoy the views. It is not as "grand" as the Grand Canyon, but views are still spectacular and crowds are minimal. Visiting with the artisans selling their jewelry provides some cultural perspective. Get a map at the visitor center.

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South Gate
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016 via mobile

This has an incredible view! You will fall in love with this! I'll definitely go again, just one tip try to go in the mornings, the sun in the afternoon doesn't help for pictures

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Thank Lily O
Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

The road is good and has several good viewing areas of the canyon. The history of how the native peoples lived in the canyon was interesting. Poverty is everywhere - we should spend more on our native peoples and less on our non-natives peoples.

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Thank UofA1
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016 via mobile

Lovely drive with overlooks into the dramatic canyon. Unfortunately, it was very windy when we were there, so we did not spend much time at any of them. The vistas are beautiful though. I just wish there were more explanations about what we were viewing. There were viewing telescopes set up at some of the overlooks which focused in on... More 

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