Of all the national parks and canyons we visited, the Canyon de Chelly has an almost tangeable sense of spirtituality. We took the south rim drive out of Chinle and didn't bother with an expensive rip-off Jeep tour; reception at the hotel was setting up some people with $75 per person jeep trips into the canyon. Granted that except the White House Overlook, this is the only way you'll get to experience the bottom of the canyon but personally I wouldn't bother as the views from the top are exceptional. The White House Overlook is a highlight as is Spider Rock which is at the end of the drive. We didn't take the North Rim Drive due to time constraints but can recommend the South; we took two to three hours with short walks and photo stops. Even after having just experienced the majesty of the Grand Canyon, we still didn't feel short-changed visiting the Canyon de Chelly as it has, as I said before, a spiritual and intimate atmosphere creating a unique sense of place.
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