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Canyon de Chelly National Monument
Copyright: - US National Park Service
Canyon de Chelly National Monument
Description -

This national monument consists of 83,840 acres. Located in the territory, at the base of sheer red cliffs and in canyon wall caves, are ruins of Indian villages built between AD 350 and 1300. Canyon de Chelly National Monument offers visitors the chance to learn about Southwestern Indian history from the earliest basket makers to the Navajo Indians who live and farm here.

Visitors to Canyon de Chelly can enjoy a plethora of activities including auto tours, hiking, pictograph viewing, interpretive exhibits and talks, horseback riding (by prior arrangement), picnicking and photography. Facilities include hiking and auto trails, parking, restrooms, exhibits, concession canyon trips and horse rentals. The Visitor Center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., October to April; and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., May to September. The inner canyons are impassable in winter and at certain other times of the year. For your safety: Quicksand, deep dry sand, cliffs, loose rocks and flash floods make the canyons hazardous.

Campsites are available at no charge on a first-come, first-served basis year-round. Reservations for group sites of 15 or more people can be made by contacting the Monument. No reservations are accepted for RV groups. Backcountry camping is allowed with an authorized guide.

There is no entrance fee for the monument. Hiking within the canyon requires a Park Service permit and an authorized Navajo guide, except along the 2.5 mile (4-km) White House Ruins Trail. One guide may take up to 15 people for $10 per hour. To drive on the canyon bottom, a 4-wheel drive vehicle, a Park Service permit and an authorized Navajo guide are required. The fee is $10 an hour for 1 vehicle, $5 an hour for each additional vehicle with a 5-vehicle limit per guide. Autos should use paved roads only.

Attractions - This national monument consists of 83,840 acres. Located in the territory, at the base of sheer red cliffs and in canyon wall caves, are ruins of Indian villages built between AD 350 and 1300. Canyon de Chelly National Monument offers visitors the chance to learn about Southwestern Indian history from the earliest basket makers to the Navajo Indians who live and farm here.

Recreation - Visitors to Canyon de Chelly can enjoy a plethora of activities including auto tours, hiking, pictograph viewing, interpretive exhibits and talks, horseback riding (by prior arrangement), picnicking and photography. Facilities include hiking and auto trails, parking, restrooms, exhibits, concession canyon trips and horse rentals. The Visitor Center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., October to April; and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., May to September. The inner canyons are impassable in winter and at certain other times of the year. For your safety: Quicksand, deep dry sand, cliffs, loose rocks and flash floods make the canyons hazardous.

Campsites are available at no charge on a first-come, first-served basis year-round. Reservations for group sites of 15 or more people can be made by contacting the Monument. No reservations are accepted for RV groups. Backcountry camping is allowed with an authorized guide.

There is no entrance fee for the monument. Hiking within the canyon requires a Park Service permit and an authorized Navajo guide, except along the 2.5 mile (4-km) White House Ruins Trail. One guide may take up to 15 people for $10 per hour. To drive on the canyon bottom, a 4-wheel drive vehicle, a Park Service permit and an authorized Navajo guide are required. The fee is $10 an hour for 1 vehicle, $5 an hour for each additional vehicle with a 5-vehicle limit per guide. Autos should use paved roads only.

Climate - Northern Arizona is a very arid part of the United States. Rainfall in the region is less than ten inches per year. You can expect hot summers with temperatures close to or above 90 degrees F. Spring and fall are very pleasant, usually warm temperatures reaching 80 degrees. Winter can be cold, but the lack of moisture in the air makes the temperatures bearable.

Location - Canyon de Chelly National Monument is located in northeastern Arizona very close to the New Mexico border. The closest community to the monument is Chinle, which lies on its western border.


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Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: One of Arizonas best kept secrets. Very nice canyon. Interesting history and geology. Stayed in the campground on the Indian reservation. Nice campground.


More Information

Contact Information:
Canyon de Chelly National Monument, P.O. Box 588 , Chinle, AZ, 86503, Phone: 520-674-5500

Additional Information:
Arizona National Forests, Parks and Monuments - This section includes the National Forests, National Parks, National Monuments, and National Historic Sites in Arizona. The Grand Canyon is the best known of these areas but there are many other spectacular sites.
Arizona's Historic Sites -
Northeast Arizona - Northeast Arizona includes the area north of Interstate 40 and east of US Highway 89. It is home to Monument Valley, Canyon de Chelly, Petrified Forest National Park, the Painted Desert and Lake Powell.

Links:
Canyon de Chelly National Monument - Official Park Service Site

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