"Canyon in Indian Territory" Top 5 Page for this destination Canyon de Chelly National Monument by BruceDunning

Navajo Long Walk

The Indian name if Tsegi. The Indians believe we are in the beginning of the seventh generation of time where the Great Spirit will create devastation of the earth by fire and the prophecy is that this is the end of time on earth. The cause is that Indians have had to experience seven generations of living with Europeans and time has come that no one can stand how they have treated Nature. Well maybe the prophecy is coming true?
This area was a refuge for Navajos and was a place to defend themselves. Later the Americans came and seized the land

Large buttes at the

There are enormous buttes and rock formations along the highway near the entrance to the park. They do really stand out. This area is in the middle of the Sacred mountains that Indians feel a sense of identity and a reason for being. That is why they still keep this area so valued and do not like much intrusion.

The park road is on a rim that follows CAnyon del Muerto on Hwy 64 and Canyon de Chelly on Hwy 7. Both of these roads are used for local Navajo to get around the territory and a number live on the grounds, both along the road and in the valleys.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Wonderful impressive mountains and landscapes
  • Cons:Too few places able to tour due to Navajo restrictions
  • In a nutshell:I understand the Navajo right to preserve the haven and do
  • Last visit to Canyon de Chelly National Monument: Sep 2009
  • Intro Updated Oct 17, 2009
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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Jan 22, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    This canyon was the last stand for Navaho Indians seeking refuge from the intrusion by western spread and the Civil War at the time. The remaining were rounded up and sent to a reservation

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jan 14, 2015 at 10:12 PM

    Great page Bruce! Love your photos!

  • Ewingjr98's Profile Photo
    May 15, 2010 at 9:05 AM

    Great photos!

  • kokoryko's Profile Photo
    Nov 28, 2009 at 4:06 PM

    I never visited Arizona, Bruce, and here I found one more reason to do it one day! This Canyon de Chelly is very interesting, and I like a lot the idea of meeting Navajo Indians in the place of their ancestors. Nice page.

  • Nov 26, 2009 at 5:40 AM

    High on my list of places to visit in the SW. Thanks for sharing so many great tips and photos!

  • mikelisaanna's Profile Photo
    Nov 22, 2009 at 6:42 PM

    Interesting page. We went to the 4 Corners area about ten years ago, but did not have time to get to Canyon de Chelly. We'll have to add it to the list for next time.

  • Kakapo2's Profile Photo
    Nov 21, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    Just had to have a look at this page. Funniest memory of my many trips to the South West: We went on a horseback ride into the canyon with a native who was so big that he needed a ladder to get on the horse! Good to know which motel NOT to stay at. Sissi

  • evaanna's Profile Photo
    Nov 6, 2009 at 2:25 AM

    Gorgeous pictures of this amazing area! The rocks with the ruins are so stunning. Pity about the Navajos suffering poverty - it is their land after all.

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Nov 2, 2009 at 12:26 AM

    Canyon de Chelly is the place I enjoyed the most in Arizona. Your photos are awsome as is the place! The White House Ruins are outstanding but I did not see it. Thanks for showing that!

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Nov 1, 2009 at 12:45 PM

    The Hubbell Trading Post - the oldest --- wow, you really went to some amazing places/hikes during your last trip ---- awesome pages! That juniper berry necklace will bring you GOOD LUCK! Norman :)


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