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Canyon De Chelly

Sometime around 350 AD the Pueblo or Anasazi People entered the area now known as Canyon De Chelly. The Anasazi lived at the base of these sheer cliffs and in dwellings built into the canyon walls until around 1300 AD. 350 and 1300 AD at the base of sheer red cliffs and in canyon wall caves. These canyons are now the home of members of the Navajo Nation, who are connected to this landscape of great historical and spiritual significance. This area is one of the longest continuously inhabited landscapes of North America. Today, the Canyon De Chelly houses distinctive architecture, artifacts, and rock imagery, and is unique because it is comprised entirely of Navajo Tribal Trust Land. The National Park Service in partnership with the Navajo Nation to manage park resources and sustain the living Navajo community. The National Monument was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on August 25, 1970. The Visitor Center is open daily all year from 8 AM to 5 PM, except for Christmas Day. The North and South Rim Drives and the White House Trail remain open all year, although accessibility is limited in the winter. Access to the north and south rim drives is free. You cannot drive into the canyon without a permit and a Navajo Guide. You also cannot hike into the canyon without a permit and a Navajo Guide except for the Whitehouse Ruins Trail.

NOTE: From March through November, the Navajo Nation observes Mountain Daylight Savings Time. The rest of Arizona observes Mountain Standard Time all year.


Chinle is one of the largest towns in the Navajo Nation. It is also only 3 miles from the entrance to the Canyon De Chelly National Monument and is an ideal place to stay during your visit. Chinle has a very good restaurant called The Junction Restaurant and a number of hotels and camping facilities.

Other Attractions

Chinle is also a good jumping off point for other attractions like the Ganado Mission; Hubbell Trading Post; 4 Corners; Navajo National Monument; and Monument Valley

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  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Nov 9, 2009 at 6:53 AM

    Enjoyed the information about the Anasazi People and the Navajo Hogan. Interesting area to visit for sure.


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