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anyone in good shape should do this hike!

I have done this hike many times and it is always nice. This is an excellent way to see the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Leslie D
Fort Defiance, Arizona
Rest of group gave it a 5

The trail is rocky but solid. It goes down into the canyon to the foot of the White House Ruins... read more

Reviewed November 30, 2018
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A self-guided 2.5-mile hiking trail in Canyon de Chelly.
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All reviews great hike white house ruins canyon floor reasonable shape bring water canyon de chelly well worth the effort miles round trip relatively easy hike take your time lots of water late afternoon two hours rock face hiking shoes navajo guide drop offs
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I have done this hike many times and it is always nice. This is an excellent way to see the Canyon---and the only one that you can do without a Navajo guide. It's a gorgeous trail that leads to a nice little ruin at the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed November 30, 2018

The trail is rocky but solid. It goes down into the canyon to the foot of the White House Ruins. I had to turn back because the elevation was affecting me. The others in the group easily made their way down to the foot and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank HonugirlHawaii
Reviewed November 25, 2018

This is a must do hike. We completed it in less than two hours and we spent a fair amount of time at the bottom of the canyon taking pictures and enjoying the view. The slope down/up is very manageable, so even if you are...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 10, 2018

If you are looking for a hike that will knock your socks off, this is it! Bring water. Try to go in the morning or on a cool cloudy day. One of the few ways to get into Canyon De Chelly without a guide.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank samuel755
Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

My wife and I started the hike during a pretty heavy rain shower. The trail is well built and handled the rain just fine. We enjoyed the shower coming through the tunnel that all the water created. Nice hike, nice ruins at the end and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 2, 2018

2 Tunnels and an amazing trail down to the valley. We hiked at 4pm, late enough to get a maximum of shade as the way back is a little bit strenuous. The ruins look beautiful fut the 'no trespassing' fence could have been more natural...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank StanF60
Reviewed September 30, 2018

My husband and I are in our mid-upper 40’s and my 68 year old uncle suggested we hike to the bottom to see the ruins up close. We are not in the best shape so we were hesistant but so glad we did! It was...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank 389missyr
Reviewed September 23, 2018

You can see these ruins from the road .. but take the hike down. It is not for the faint of heart ..... pretty steep ... but the views are wonderful. The flowers in the river bed vibrant and then you get to the ruins...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank DaleM143
Reviewed September 7, 2018

A relatively easy hike, but not for everyone. It will take you two hours to do the 2.5 mile round trip. You need to be fit, and have good shoes/boots. And don't forget the water. But if you are prepared, then the views are spectacular,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Andy P
Reviewed September 3, 2018 via mobile

So happy that we carved out a few hours of our trip to hike here. It’s truly a special place. We left around 8am to avoid the heat and we ended up beating the crowds too, which was nice. There were two Navajo jewelry vendors...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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April 3, 2018|
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Response from William M | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for the delay in my reply, but I have been away from home for a few days and only got your question tonight. Yes you can see the White House Ruins from the "White House Overlook", however they are a long way away, and... More
September 28, 2016|
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Response from tgrier | Reviewed this property |
I completely agree with bsa819's comment. On your first day, you could do the White House Ruins hike in the morning. The sun from the southeast will provide nice warm light on the ruins. They are still beautiful in the... More
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April 13, 2016|
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Response from Lil'Devil F | Reviewed this property |
there is limited walking, remember you are in native American reservation lands, but if you want to walk go to the end of the white ruins, is a nice hike down and you will feel the burn when you get to go back up! is worth... More