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“One of the most enchanting places on earth”

Canyon de Chelly National Monument
Ranked #2 of 14 things to do in Chinle
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Red cliff and canyon walls that are home to ancient Indian ruins.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Walking down the steps carved into the rockface, you will be amazed by the way the rock looks. Bring water with you so that you can stop and take a breath because it sure gets hot fast (even in the morning). Those who are unable to use the stairs can still enjoy the dwellings if they take a tour that drives you down into the canyon. If you come here early enough, you will be able to hear the echo of people setting up to seel their beautifully crafted artwork and jewelry as if coming from the dwellings in the rock wall. It is a haunting and amazing experience to hear the voices bounce off the wall and imagine that people used to live down in the canyon. Enjoy the thistle flowers on the way back up the canyon. Each pull off to see more ancient dwellings is just as wonderful as the last. Definitely a must-see!

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

I love the history of the southwest, the ruins are such a mystery to me, the ancients were truly remarkable

Thank TanteJaye
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

Must do a tour first prior to the overlooks from above, we were so well versed that it made us more knowledgible about the canyon. Would be a real disappointment not to do a tour.

Thank Melissa M
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

My husband and I travel in a way that suits us - we allow lots of time to mosey about and we do not stick to a schedule much. So if we like a place, we stay and when we've had enough of it, then we move on.

We loved Canyon de Chelly. We have been to the other canyon/park areas in the southwest, but this is the one we hadn't been to before.

We stayed two nights in the campground near the town. It was clean and quiet. We were in a tent. The facilities are basic - flush toilets and sinks with running water. There is also drinking water available.

The first day, we visited the spots on the south rim and hiked down to the White House ruins. It was a very hot day, but we brought lots of water with us and some food to snack on. It is truly spectacular. The ruins themselves are fenced off, natually, but you can very close to them and my husband got some fabulous pictures of it. There is also a little shaded/treed area where you can sit in the cool and just soak in the atmosphere. Magical.

That night we ate at the Thunderbird Lodge cafeteria. We both had the posole and frybread and they were terrific.

The next day we toured the south rim and also liked it. Got some spectacular views and of course a bit of a different perspective.

We did not go on a guided or jeep tour. Since we had done the hike down to the White House ruins, we had gotten a taste of the canyon and the ruins.

This place is what it is - and I know that sounds simplistic. What I mean is that to me it was great. Is it better than the other canyons/parks? No. It's different. Is it out of the way? Yes, but I loved the drive to it. Do you get an idea of the culture of the place over the last few hundred/thousand years? Yes and that's what I like. Do they have vendors at the look-out spots? Yes. Did they bother us? Not at all. We chatted to a number of the vendors and enjoyed speaking with everyone we chatted with. Did it take time to do this? Umm, yes. To us, that's part of how we get a bit of an understanding of a place. And to those who say there is nothing to do there? Wow. Walking along the rim at any time of day is just fabulous. Get there in the evening and watch the colours and the shadows in the canyon as the sun is setting.
Incredible.

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Reviewed July 15, 2013

The rock formations here are so beautiful. Every outlook is stunning. We drove the south rim ending at Spider Rock. It was well worth the drive.

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