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South Rim Drive

Chinle, AZ
+1 928-674-5500
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Many overlooks & short walks to see the best views

This is an amazing canyon & well worth the long travel to get there. The South Rim overlooks the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Philippa M
Top Notch Scenery

Be sure to stop at every overlook as each has something to offer. Take your binoculars to scan the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Treelavee
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Boulder, Colorado
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A scenic and dramatic 36-mile drive along the 500-foot rim of Canyon de Chelly.
  • Excellent75%
  • Very good22%
  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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Chinle, AZ
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"south rim"
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"white house ruins"
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"visitor center"
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"canyon de chelly"
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"canyon tour"
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"spider rock overlook"
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"sliding house"
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"late afternoon"
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"take your time"
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"canyon floor"
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"different perspective"
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"paved road"
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"mile round trip"
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"national park"
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"two hours"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is an amazing canyon & well worth the long travel to get there. The South Rim overlooks the best of the views. There's a good Visitors' Centre with plenty of information & some good quality gifts. It's free to drive into the park with...More

Thank Philippa M
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Be sure to stop at every overlook as each has something to offer. Take your binoculars to scan the canyon walls for the ancient ruins. They are magnificent in location and construction.

Thank Treelavee
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a very interning place and the views from the South are beautiful and interesting. Each stop is different so taking the time to see the site is worth it. This is a place that deserves some time to view, take photos and wonder...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The drive is along a very well maintained asphalt road. There are many pull outs, up to you to decide which ones you want to stop at. We wanted to take in all the beauty, so we stopped at every overlook. The rim road is...More

Thank Rose H
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Based on input from other travelers, we did the south rim drive in the evening to capture the views at evening light. That worked very well. We spent the night nearby, then did the north rim in morning light. I agree that that order is...More

Thank Robert J
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This rim drive is lined with great viewpoint turnouts. All the viewpoints are worth visiting. Some viewpoints, such as White House and Sliding House, are a short ways off the main drive. You start the White House Train for the overlook. The classic Spider Rock...More

Thank Robert S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great way to see park with easy stops and short walks and easy drive in an hour or so. Plan to add on hike to get a great feel for the park

Thank Michelle G
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This drive is spectacular and best seen in the afternoon as that is the best time to take photos. Stop at each overlook as each one provides a different and unique view of The Canyon

1  Thank Paul G
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We only had time to visit the South Rim and it was beautiful. It took us a few hours to drive it and stop at all of the overlooks. Sheer cliffs and spectacular views at every stop. You also see fields on the canyon floor,...More

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Reviewed 8 March 2018

You can't really see the canyon from the road...go to all the pull outs and walk the trails. most are ADA.

Thank yvonne p
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amonly
30 March 2017|
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Response from kate_wyn | Reviewed this property |
I can only answer part of this but hope it helps! We did the whole South Rim in a morning, spending 30-ish minutes at most of the stops...longer at Spider Rock and White House Overlook (amazing!). We didn't do any of the... More
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nancyOlathe_KS
12 November 2016|
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Response from sagesparrow | Reviewed this property |
We did South Rim just before sunset, was wonderful. So I expect North Rim would be good in the am? And yes the canyon is worth the time and bucks. We did the 5 hour trip with Colleen Hunter, Bobby Vanwinkle's niece. She was... More
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