This is a motel style operation just inside the entrance to Canyon de Chelly Park. This are no views or scenery near the lodge. It is just a convenient stop over for park visitors. Our room was large and clean, but with some maintenance problems. There was a TV in the room, but there was no Wi-Fi available. The only restaurant on the property was a cafeteria style operation with a very limited menu. We arrived about 7:30 pm to find that it was already closed for the night. There are two other motels in Chinle just outside the park. Each has a restaurant and if you are lucky you might find one of them open on any particular night. If not, there are a couple of fast food operation in town.
The park itself is very beautiful, particularly along the south rim before sunset. The only way to enter the canyon itself is by horseback or jeep tour. We had an 8 am jeep tour scheduled, so needed to stay nearby. The only alternatives for many miles are those two other motels in Chinle. The jeep tour into the canyon was amazing and well worth the time and money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The only accommodations inside Canyon de Chelly National Monument. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Thunderbird Hotel Chinle
- Thunderbird Lodge Grand Canyon