Fluted Rock Road

Chinle, Arizona

Fluted Rock Road

Fluted Rock Road Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
3 hours
Year-round, best dry weather
5,500 feet
Trailhead Elevation
8,100 feet
Top Elevation
Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation
Local Contacts
USGS Sawmill, White Rock Wash, Spider Rock, Three Turkey Canyon, Del Muerto, Chinle, Ganado, Canyon de Chelly; BLM Ganado, Canyon de Chelly
Local Maps

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