Canyon de Chelly National Monument

Chinle, Arizona

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Like Bandelier National Monument, Canyon de Chelly is a dual-purpose facility. It preserves both Native American civilization as well as scenery that is among the most dramatic in the never-lacking-for-wonders American Southwest. First, a few words about the human aspects of Canyon de Chelly. Its history covers five different eras in Native American culture going back to around 2,500 B.C. The 26-mile-long Canyon de Chelly and the 25-mile long Canyon del Muerto converge to form a V-shape that is clearly evident from several vantage points. The smooth surface of the walls is especially surprising, almost as if it were sanded down by human hands. While the red is quite vivid, the dark streaks of natural phenomena known as desert varnish make it look as if it has been painted in some areas. Add to that the huge rock formations in many parts of the canyon and you have a natural wonderland par excellence. This eTrail explains in detail how to tour the park. In addition to a park map the details include driving tours, outdoor recreation, accommodations, campgrounds, dining, and more.

Canyon de Chelly National Monument Professional Review and Guide

"Like Bandelier National Monument, Canyon de Chelly is a dual-purpose facility. It preserves both Native American civilization as well as scenery that is among the most dramatic in the never-lacking-for-wonders American Southwest. First, a few words about the human aspects of Canyon de Chelly. Its history covers five different eras in Native American culture going back to around 2,500 B.C. The 26-mile-long Canyon de Chelly and the 25-mile long Canyon del Muerto converge to form a V-shape that is clearly evident from several vantage points.

The smooth surface of the walls is especially surprising, almost as if it were sanded down by human hands. While the red is quite vivid, the dark streaks of natural phenomena known as desert varnish make it look as if it has been painted in some areas. Add to that the huge rock formations in many parts of the canyon and you have a natural wonderland par excellence. This eTrail explains in detail how to tour the park. In addition to a park map the details include driving tours, outdoor recreation, accommodations, campgrounds, dining, and more."

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Chinle
Season: Year-round, best spring and fall
Local Contacts: Contact information for the park, accommodations, and dining are included in the eTrail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Canyon de Chelly National Monument

Recent Trail Reviews

11/25/2006
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Canyon de Chelly is amazing, and there is so much to see. You could easily spend a whole day in the canyon, hiking or riding. We joined up with another family and hired a guide. Although we did not take the group bus tour, I would not recommend it - it looked uncomfortable and zipped around very fast.



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May 2018