Canyon De Chelly

You'll need to hire a Navajo guide to go along with you on this canyon-bottom experience.

Total Miles
7.9

Elevation

1870.46 ft

Duration

8 Hours

Technical Rating

3

Easy

Best Time

Spring/Summer/Fall

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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.

Difficulty

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

History

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

3

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.