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“a beautiful drive”
Review of South Rim Drive

South Rim Drive
Ranked #4 of 20 things to do in Chinle
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Owner description: A scenic and dramatic 36-mile drive along the 500-foot rim of Canyon de Chelly.
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“a beautiful drive”
Reviewed May 18, 2013

Many view points, some short walks, some a bit longer, very dramatic looking down into the canyon. Interesting rock formations and canyon and view of ruins.

Visited April 2013
1 Thank Claudia D
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Kenosha, Wisconsin
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“Lots to see in a short distance”
Reviewed May 17, 2013

Nice views from convenient pull-offs. They are all pretty close to each other (closer than they look on the map) and offer diverse views - some include the ruins.

Visited May 2013
1 Thank NewPlaceFan
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Roswell, Georgia
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“South Rim Drive”
Reviewed May 4, 2013

We loved the views from each of the overlooks. Really spectacular. There were wild horses roaming in the canyon and looked like ants moving along because it was so far below us. The descriptions at each stop were very informative. The ruins were facinating. We spent a long time there and glad to have the time to spend.

Visited April 2013
1 Thank Ann S
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“Each overlook has amazing scenery.....”
Reviewed May 3, 2013

A lot of visitors opt for the South Rim Drive and with good reason – although plan ahead and give the North Rim some quality time too! Driving the South Rim is 37 miles round trip with a one-way in/out system. We opted to drive right to the end of this road so that all the turns to the overlooks would be right hand turns only. Start at the Visitors Centre first to get your bearings, have a look at their displays, movie , Hogan house, gift store and take advantage of the restrooms - none on the drive.

It worked well and in some case we did manage to gain some time by doing one of the most stunning and popular overlooks first – Spider Rock – an amazing twin rock formation rising 750’ from the floor. The Navajo people call her Spider Grandmother with an interesting legend. The whole Monument is home to working farms and many families live along the valley floor.

White House Ruins overlook is also one of the best features of the Monument and if you can spare the time and feel sufficiently fit and able, it is worth the 2-3 hour hike down 600ft to the floor. Moderately strenuous, the hike is achievable if you take your time – dependent on how you like some heights in places – we enjoyed it very much.

Several other overlooks are worth doing and each has a different prospect. Navajo craft tables are set up in most of the overlook car parking areas however, they are courteous in their trading approach. Allow at least 2 hours without the hike to admire the amazing scenery – there is nothing quite the same in any other major National Park in the surrounding States - this Monument is also entirely comprised of Navajo tribal land.

Enjoy your experience!

Visited March 2013
2 Thank Globebugs
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“Great views”
Reviewed May 1, 2013

To get the best from South Rim Drive you do need to go the full distance to Spider Rock, which is perhaps the highlight of the many stunning views that you get here. The information leaflet that is isuued has a clear guide and map. The pull-outs are irregular, although some ar quite close together. Very worthwhile!

Visited June 2012
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