Canyon de Chelly National Monument

Canyon de Chelly National Monument

Canyon de Chelly National Monument
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Red cliff and canyon walls that are home to ancient Indian ruins.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Sheri B
    Phoenix, Arizona5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience
    Seeing the canyon from the rim is one thing. But driving down into it is an entirely different and faabulous experience. We went on a 3 hour tour with Beautyways Tours. Our, guide, Benjamin, was actually born in the canyon and has family still living there. He's stories added so much to the joy and onder of being int he Canyon. HIGHLY recommended
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 7, 2023
  • roberthhunter
    Tucson, Arizona380 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Canyon de Chelle is an Experience to Remember
    A true wonder of Arizona, right up there with the Grand Canyon (but without the hordes of visitors). Incredible canyon and cliff dwelling overlooks that stretch for miles. We stayed at the Thunderbird Lodge, right by the Canyon. Spent two days... wish we could have spent a week. Canyon de Chelle is on our "must see" list for anyone visiting Arizona.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 24, 2023
  • kevan j
    Norman, Oklahoma1,468 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful...but be careful.
    We came on a cold, rainy, and misty day, but still really enjoyed the canyon. It definitely has a unique personality. The only hike into the canyon was closed when we were there (probably because of cars getting broken into), so we just did the scenic drives. There are two scenic drives, each about 15 miles with several overlooks into the canyon. Our favorite overlook along the northern road was the Antelope House Overlook, where after a short rocky hike you come to a couple of magnificent views down into the canyon, including some ruins. However,it's definitely worth driving all the way out to the The Mummy Cave Overlook as well. Of course, our favorite overlook along the southern road was the Spider Rock Overlook way at the end, where a nice little hike goes a few hundred yards out from the parking lot along the canyon's edge with great views of the formations. Excellent! I also found the Sliding house Overlook to be fun and exciting as there is a somewhat treacherous hike out along the rocks (look for the warning signs). Nice little visitor center...they had a couple of native artists making some cool things you can purchase (we did!). Overall I highly recommend this place. Caveats: Be mindful at the overlooks as there are sketchy vendors trying to sell things. Also, If you walk away from your car for a hike, do not leave valuables in your car.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 3, 2024
  • colleenr2017
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spirits of the past/Canyon De Chelly
    This is the most spiritual place I have ever been to. You can drive along the top of the canyon on the South and North rims with pull-offs to view the 700-foot cliffs that form the monument. Occasionally vendors will sell works of art out of their pickups as you park to view the gorge. Some of the artwork is very, very nice. After the drive, which takes a few hours, you can stay at the Best Western at the beginning of the canyon on the right. There is a nice restaurant next door where you can enjoy the Navajo tacos, fry bread, and a variety of Mexican dishes, too. Very convenient. You HAVE to take a jeep tour, (Beauty Way is the best IMHO) or horseback tour! Spiritual ceremony sites, rock formations, ruins, glyphs, and the talking stream. It is difficult to describe the spirituality of the place that the Navajos said man was born. I spent almost two days here and loved it. When you see Spider Rock, you will know. When you see the ruins of "White House," you will get it. Golden Eagles fly and the stream talks. You will see. There is nothing fancy or manicured here, and there is some broken glass and trash along the road. The roads to Chinle are not the best. The motels are comfortable but not elite. The Res is dusty. Big deal. The people were so knowledgeable and helpful in the motel that I wanted to stay longer. The workers in the restaurant were great. The canyon was unique. Highly recommended.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written March 6, 2024
  • Travel lover
    57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely Amazing!
    The canyon is beautiful! The visitor center can give you a map of lookout places if you want to go on your own or can line you up with paid guides that can take you to close up locations. It is a great day excursion. Do both sides of the canyon so you will see its hidden treasures! Native Navajo people still live in the bottom of the canyon and farm it! It's definitely something cool to see!!!
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 18, 2024
  • Andrew S
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Gift
    We had the gift of an all day tour of Canyon de Chelly with Adam Teller. He took us to an array of amazingly beautiful and spiritual places, all complemented by his commentary, story telling, and understanding, founded on his own life in the Canyon. Adam was open, funny, and insightful, and his encyclopedic knowledge of the Canyon and of his people made the tour unforgettable. Adam is a true professional; we began right when he said we would and finished exactly 8 hours later, as promised. He introduced to members of his family and to memories of his childhood. It is a day we are not likely to forget.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 22, 2024
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Vickers55
Cambridge, UK1,051 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Probably my favourite is USA south west park. Quiet and with a mesmerising quality and stunning views. Worth spending on a trip into canyon
Written June 12, 2024
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Gregory G
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
I'm not sure why this National Monument is under visited. The sights are remarkable and should be on your to-see list. When we visited, the weather was perfect.
Written May 31, 2024
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Alan L
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
My wife and I went on a full-day guided tour of Canyon de Chelly with Victoria Begay, the owner of Canyon Hawk Tours, in April 2024. We enjoyed seeing the bottom of Canyon de Chelly from its mouth to the White House Ruin and the bottom on Canyon del Muerto from its mouth to the Antelope House Ruin. (The only way to see these areas is on a guided tour.) We appreciated the information Victoria provided about the ranches in the canyon bottom that were owned and operated by her friends and relatives. She also provided some interesting information about current Navajo life.
Unfortunately, Victoria had a lot of difficulty operating her Jeep during the numerous stream crossings. Her Jeep also did not have functioning seat belts. This was a problem when the Jeep hit a large bump during one stream crossing and, as a result, we bounced out of our seats and hit our heads on the Jeep’s roof. The rear windows did not open and were hard to see through after they got covered with mud.
Victoria provided us only one very brief (five minute) description of the history of the canyon’s inhabitants, and no information about the canyon geology. This was very disappointing because her website indicated that she would discuss these topics in detail during the tour.
After we had spent about 15 minutes at the White House Ruin, Victoria led us on an hour-long hike up a nearby side canyon. She just started this hike and expected us to follow her. She never asked us if we wanted to do the hike, and she never discussed how the hike would affect the rest of our tour.
We then went back down Canyon de Chelly to the mouth of Canyon del Muerto and drove a few miles up Canyon del Muerto to the Antelope House Ruin. After a brief stop there, Victoria told us that she could not drive any farther up Canyon del Muerto because we had spent an hour on the morning on the hike, and that it was time to end the tour. We were very disappointed that we did not get to drive up this canyon to Mummy Cave Ruin, as she had promised when I made the reservation. The next day we saw the upper part of Canyon del Muerto from the Antelope House Overlook. It looked spectacular and we were sorry we did not see it during our tour.
The price for the tour that Victoria insisted we pay at the end of the tour was significantly higher than the price she quoted me when I booked the tour. And that price already was significantly higher than other companies’ prices for similar tours.
If you are considering booking with Canyon Hawk Tours, then I recommend that you obtain a written confirmation of the following before paying any deposit: (1) the total tour price; (2) the tour itinerary; and (3) a clear statement regarding how much information about the canyon’s geology and human history the guide will provide during the tour.
Written May 14, 2024
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Andrew S
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
We had the gift of an all day tour of Canyon de Chelly with Adam Teller. He took us to an array of amazingly beautiful and spiritual places, all complemented by his commentary, story telling, and understanding, founded on his own life in the Canyon. Adam was open, funny, and insightful, and his encyclopedic knowledge of the Canyon and of his people made the tour unforgettable.

Adam is a true professional; we began right when he said we would and finished exactly 8 hours later, as promised. He introduced to members of his family and to memories of his childhood. It is a day we are not likely to forget.
Written March 22, 2024
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Travel lover
57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The canyon is beautiful! The visitor center can give you a map of lookout places if you want to go on your own or can line you up with paid guides that can take you to close up locations. It is a great day excursion. Do both sides of the canyon so you will see its hidden treasures! Native Navajo people still live in the bottom of the canyon and farm it! It's definitely something cool to see!!!
Written March 18, 2024
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Cindy T
Greenville, Wisconsin, United States77 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Views were amazing, I felt it rivals the Grand Canyon. A however is as we got to the Antelope House Overlook we did have some safety concerns as we pulled into the parking lot their were individuals sitting in cars , later learned it was locals selling stuff out of the vehicles.
Written March 13, 2024
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colleenr2017
Rockwall, TX, United States4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
This is the most spiritual place I have ever been to. You can drive along the top of the canyon on the South and North rims with pull-offs to view the 700-foot cliffs that form the monument. Occasionally vendors will sell works of art out of their pickups as you park to view the gorge. Some of the artwork is very, very nice.

After the drive, which takes a few hours, you can stay at the Best Western at the beginning of the canyon on the right. There is a nice restaurant next door where you can enjoy the Navajo tacos, fry bread, and a variety of Mexican dishes, too. Very convenient.

You HAVE to take a jeep tour, (Beauty Way is the best IMHO) or horseback tour! Spiritual ceremony sites, rock formations, ruins, glyphs, and the talking stream. It is difficult to describe the spirituality of the place that the Navajos said man was born.

I spent almost two days here and loved it. When you see Spider Rock, you will know. When you see the ruins of "White House," you will get it. Golden Eagles fly and the stream talks. You will see.

There is nothing fancy or manicured here, and there is some broken glass and trash along the road. The roads to Chinle are not the best. The motels are comfortable but not elite. The Res is dusty. Big deal.

The people were so knowledgeable and helpful in the motel that I wanted to stay longer. The workers in the restaurant were great. The canyon was unique. Highly recommended.
Written March 6, 2024
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Violette54
Payson, AZ5,086 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Chinle is the access point to Canyon de Chelly National Monument on Indian Reservation Hwy 7. There are some modern hotels in town for tourists. We decided to visit the monument, hoping to find a shady picnic ground, but we stopped first at the Visitor Center to freshen up. The facilities were very clean and the Visitor’s Center was inviting looking. Somehow, we got misdirected and ended up in the Heritage area for the Navajo people, near Thunderbird Lodge. We left quickly, realizing that we were not where we should have been. Our experience was nothing like what we have enjoyed at any other National Monument we have ever visited.
Written February 14, 2024
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kevan j
Norman, OK1,468 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We came on a cold, rainy, and misty day, but still really enjoyed the canyon. It definitely has a unique personality. The only hike into the canyon was closed when we were there (probably because of cars getting broken into), so we just did the scenic drives. There are two scenic drives, each about 15 miles with several overlooks into the canyon. Our favorite overlook along the northern road was the Antelope House Overlook, where after a short rocky hike you come to a couple of magnificent views down into the canyon, including some ruins. However,it's definitely worth driving all the way out to the The Mummy Cave Overlook as well. Of course, our favorite overlook along the southern road was the Spider Rock Overlook way at the end, where a nice little hike goes a few hundred yards out from the parking lot along the canyon's edge with great views of the formations. Excellent! I also found the Sliding house Overlook to be fun and exciting as there is a somewhat treacherous hike out along the rocks (look for the warning signs). Nice little visitor center...they had a couple of native artists making some cool things you can purchase (we did!). Overall I highly recommend this place.

Caveats: Be mindful at the overlooks as there are sketchy vendors trying to sell things. Also, If you walk away from your car for a hike, do not leave valuables in your car.
Written January 3, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

roberthhunter
Tucson, AZ380 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
A true wonder of Arizona, right up there with the Grand Canyon (but without the hordes of visitors). Incredible canyon and cliff dwelling overlooks that stretch for miles. We stayed at the Thunderbird Lodge, right by the Canyon. Spent two days... wish we could have spent a week. Canyon de Chelle is on our "must see" list for anyone visiting Arizona.
Written November 25, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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