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South Rim Drive

Chinle, AZ
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Each overlook is better than the last.

The view gets more spectacular the further you get to the end of the South Rim Drive. Great road... read more

Reviewed March 16, 2015
Mesa, Arizona
Surprisingly Uncrowded

When we saw the number of vehicles at the visitor center, we expected the road would be crowded... read more

Reviewed December 2, 2014
Belleville, Canada
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A scenic and dramatic 36-mile drive along the 500-foot rim of Canyon de Chelly.
  • Excellent73%
  • Very good24%
  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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Reviewed March 16, 2015

The view gets more spectacular the further you get to the end of the South Rim Drive. Great road, wonderful overlooks. Atleast allow two hours, plus time for the two hour hike to White House if you have time.

1  Thank DougTMesa
Reviewed December 2, 2014

When we saw the number of vehicles at the visitor center, we expected the road would be crowded; however, to our (pleasant) surprise there were very few vehicles encountered. In fact, we were somewhat surprised at how short a time some travelers spent at the...More

1  Thank zubill
Reviewed November 28, 2014

A Tour of the South Rim Drive is a must if you want a complete view of the canyon. Great photo opportunities abound from each overlook. A rim tour gives the canyon visitor a comprehensive view of just how high the canyon walls actually are.

Thank Robinkate38
Reviewed November 15, 2014

The South Rim Drive is an easy road to drive with about 10 turnouts. The road itself does not go along the edge of the rim so if you have any nervous passengers, they need not worry. The turnouts have ample parking and lots of...More

1  Thank joeysweeps
Reviewed November 14, 2014

Beautiful 2 hour drive that can turn in to a day trip of you are not careful. Lots of pull outs and lots of hiking trails. It doesn't go through so you'll be coming back the same way. But it is the reason you came.

Thank DrWJH3
Reviewed November 11, 2014

This drive has great lookouts. Native artists were displaying and selling their art at these stops. We were able to see both rims in one day.

1  Thank carliewired
Reviewed November 6, 2014

The South Rim drive is comprised of seven overlooks and will probably take you about 3hours to see it all at a leisurely pace, not including hiking down to the White House Ruins. Some of the overlooks are wheelchair accessible, others require a very short...More

2  Thank Carlton7
Reviewed October 29, 2014

A 12 miles drive with several ample parking and walking path to spectacular view points. Some are also accessible to people with reduced mobility, but just only a few.Don't miss the drive

Thank AlbertoGuidoTel-Aviv
Reviewed October 22, 2014

With 4 turnouts, this is a beautiful way to see the canyon - and it's free. Although the North Rim drive has more opportunities to walk out to the edge, the South Rim is more suitable for those who might have some sort of handicap.

2  Thank Steve-KRIM-FM
Reviewed October 19, 2014

We drove to the very end of the drive first; about 1 1/2 hours before sunset. Good decision as the end of the South Rim has the best sights. The light on the canyon walls was fantastic. Walked to all the look outs and took...More

Thank Carl F
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Ok, Planning to possibly arrive at Canyon de Chelly in the late morning /midday- June 2 , and would like an idea of how long it would be to drive and stop along the South Rim, especially Spider Rock viewpoint and then hike down to the White House Ruins trail later in the afternoon. (suggested).When would it be good to hike down to the ruins and back? Where would it be best to view sunset? We would be staying at Thunderbird lodge and I heard it is best to leave things there vs in the car. I hope we can do so before check in. Would we be missing a lot to skip a jeep tour which I think may not be feasible given our timing? Thanks.
March 29, 2017|
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Response from kate_wyn | Reviewed this property |
I can only answer part of this but hope it helps! We did the whole South Rim in a morning, spending 30-ish minutes at most of the stops...longer at Spider Rock and White House Overlook (amazing!). We didn't do any of the... More
For a photographer...what are the best times for both the North and South Rim Roads. Is the valley worth the time and $$$?
November 11, 2016|
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Response from sagesparrow | Reviewed this property |
We did South Rim just before sunset, was wonderful. So I expect North Rim would be good in the am? And yes the canyon is worth the time and bucks. We did the 5 hour trip with Colleen Hunter, Bobby Vanwinkle's niece. She was... More