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Canyon de Chelly National Monument
  
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This canyon is unique in that it is a National Monument area, but the land is still owned by the Navajo, and some actually still live in the canyon floor itself. Yes, there are a lot of Navajo venders at most of the North and South Rim overlook parking lots, but this place is one of the few that hasn't been raped and pillaged from them, so I found it neat to see the goods they were peddling and better yet to interact with them. I also took a 4 hour canyon floor tour with Thunderbird Lodge and our Navajo guide, who grew up in the canyon, was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about his Navajo heritage. This canyon has unique views all around, including the Indian ruins, and best of all it receives little tourist pressure.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Driving the south rim there are many vantage points at which to see the many interesting parts of the canyon. The best way to see everything is with a personal tour on the canyon floor, either by jeep or horseback.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent the night in Chinle and drove the South Rim road before dinner. Lovely overlooks, hardly anyone else there! Wish we would have booked a jeep or horseback ride through the canyon now that we've seen how pretty it is.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The canyon is located on the Navajo Reservation. There are 3 overlooks on the north rim road and 7 overlooks on the south rim road. We did stop at the 3 on the north rim and stopped at only 3 on the south rim. There is access to the overlooks from each parking area but some overlooks require climbing over rocks and down slopes to get to where you can see into the canyon, while some areas have sidewalks to take you to the overlooks. People have lived in these canyons for over 5,000 years. There are ruins of their homes and ceremonial locations and cliff dwellings as well that can be seen from each of the overlooks. You can easily see the corrals and corn growing on the canyon floor from the overlooks. The canyon walls start out about 30 ft high and stand over 1,000 ft deeper into the canyons. Views are spectacular. Be sure to make it to Spider Rock Overlook on the south rim to see the spire.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Hire a guide and see as much as you can. We found TJ Hunter of Canyon de Chelly Beauty Way Jeep Tours was excellent. We took lots of pictures and were pleased to meet his "Auntie" who gave a rug weaving demonstration right in the canyon! Wonderful experience.

Date of experience: September 2019
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