Fluted Rock Road

Chinle, Arizona

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Canyon de Chelly National Monument is one of the biggest attractions within the Navajo Nation and deservedly so. The paved South Rim Drive takes visitors past many overlooks into the canyon, where they can peer down into the red-walled chasm and see farmland and the vehicle trail far below. It also offers glimpses of some of the famous rock formations and ruins, such as Spider Woman Rock and White House Ruin. The rim drive does not equal the trail along the floor of the canyon for a real feel of the nature and life in the canyon, but it complements it well. For those with limited time, it makes a stunning introduction to Canyon de Chelly. Special Attractions: A rare chance to explore a beautiful canyon in the company of a Navajo guide; Many cliff dwellings, pictographs, and petroglyphs; Personal guided tour of the canyon in your own vehicle. High-clearance vehicles are preferred, but not necessary. This trail is dirt roads, but may have rocks, grades, water crossings, or ruts that make clearance a concern in a normal passenger vehicle. The trail is fairly wide, so that passing is possible at almost any point along the trail. Mud is not a concern under normal weather conditions.

Fluted Rock Road Professional Review and Guide

"Canyon de Chelly National Monument is one of the biggest attractions within the Navajo Nation and deservedly so. The paved South Rim Drive takes visitors past many overlooks into the canyon, where they can peer down into the red-walled chasm and see farmland and the vehicle trail far below. It also offers glimpses of some of the famous rock formations and ruins, such as Spider Woman Rock and White House Ruin. The rim drive does not equal the trail along the floor of the canyon for a real feel of the nature and life in the canyon, but it complements it well. For those with limited time, it makes a stunning introduction to Canyon de Chelly.

Special Attractions: A rare chance to explore a beautiful canyon in the company of a Navajo guide; Many cliff dwellings, pictographs, and petroglyphs; Personal guided tour of the canyon in your own vehicle. High-clearance vehicles are preferred, but not necessary. This trail is dirt roads, but may have rocks, grades, water crossings, or ruts that make clearance a concern in a normal passenger vehicle. The trail is fairly wide, so that passing is possible at almost any point along the trail. Mud is not a concern under normal weather conditions."

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Chinle
Distance: 31.1
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Year-round, best dry weather
Trailhead Elevation: 5,500 feet
Top Elevation: 8,100 feet
Local Contacts: Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation
Local Maps: USGS Sawmill, White Rock Wash, Spider Rock, Three Turkey Canyon, Del Muerto, Chinle, Ganado, Canyon de Chelly; BLM Ganado, Canyon de Chelly
Driving Directions: Directions to Fluted Rock Road

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May 2018