Canyon De Chelly

Total Miles


1,870.46 ft


8 Hours

Technical Rating



Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

This park sits entirely on Navajo tribal lands. Beautiful ruins, Indian writings and phenomenal scenery are just a few of the perks you'll experience here. You can take a guide along with you, or use a private company for a canyon tour. It is simple to do, just head to the Visitor Center. There is camping available in the park for a fee. Pets are not allowed.

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Canyon De Chelly
Canyon De Chelly
Canyon De Chelly


Easy: 4WD, high clearance required. Soft sand, water crossings, ruts, steep spots. In rare situations, canyon closes from high water.


Your guide will give you an in-depth explanation of history, native customs, meaning of Indian writings, canyon geology and much more. We were impressed with our Native American guide, Benjamin.

Technical Rating


Status Reports

Sonny Restivo
Apr 07, 2024
2023 GMC Canyon
Permanently Closed
Locked Gate
Posted Private Property
No way to drive this trail, must use a guide.
Dave Sauter
Oct 25, 2023
Permanently Closed
Heavily Barricaded with Natural Material

Access Description

From Hwy. 191 in Chinle, head east 2.7 miles on Indian Rte. 7 to visitor center. Start is 0.2 miles past visitor center. Stay right downhill.

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