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Canyon De Chelly National Monument
View a slide show of Canyon De Chelly


© Josef Muench
Canyon De Chelly is home to archaeological sites of Indian Villages built between AD 350 and 1300. The Canyon is made of sheer red cliffs with caves in the walls that house the sites. Canyon de Chelly National Monument is still alive today with the Navajo Indians living there now. Take a tour with an authorized guide and learn about the history of the area and see the places that not every visitor gets to see. The Visitors Center is open daily from 8am to 5pm during October thru April and 8am to 6pm May thru September.
The park itself is open year round.


© Frank S. BalthisLodging is available for Canyon De Chelly. There are free campsites available on a first-come, first-served basis year-round. If your group has more than 15 people, you can make reservations but reservations are not accepted for RV groups. Visitors may also go backcountry camping if accompanied by an authorized guide.
Thunderbird Lodge is also an option for lodging. If neither of these appeal to you, Chinle, AZ is only three miles west of Canyon De Chelly and offers more lodging and dining.

© Ralph Lee Hopkins
Canyon De Chelly is full of things for you to do such as: Auto tours, hiking, pictograph viewing, interpretive exhibits and talks, horseback riding (by prior arrangement), picnicking and photography. Thunderbird Lodge offers jeep tours through the canyon.


© Gail BandiniThe canyon bottom is only accessible to visitors if they have a 4-wheel drive vehicle, a park service permit and an authorized Navajo guide. To do this costs $15 an hour for one vehicle. Visitors can have up to five vehicles per guide and each one costs an additional $5. Canyon Hiking is also a possibility but also requires a park service permit and an authorized Navajo guide. This will also cost you $15 per hour and the guide is limited to 15 people. If you're hiking along the 2.5 mile White House Ruins Trail, you don't need a guide.