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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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Looking down into Canyon de Chelly and the incredible rock formations takes my breath away.

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Tucson, Arizona
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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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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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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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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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