Sheltered at the base of sheer red cliffs and in canyon wall caves are cliff dwellings and villages built between 350-1300 A.D. by ancestral Puebloans. Visitors learn about Native American history from the earliest basketmakers to Navajo Indians, who still live and farm in the canyon. Tour the canyon individually (by vehicle along the North and South Rims), via special tours conducted by park rangers or by paid Navajo guide services.
Canyon de Chelly National Monument
P O.Box 588
Chinle,AZ 86503
(928)674-5500
➠ www.nps.gov/cach

Scenic Drives

Free and open year round, drive two paved roads along the north and south rims of the monument.
  • ➠ North Rim Information and Photos
  • ➠ South Rim Information and Photos

  • Self Guided Hike

    Hike the one public trail starting at the White House Overlook on the South Rim.
    • Allow 2 hours to hike 600 feet down and back up the switchback trail to the White House Ruin.
    • Restrooms at overlook and bottom of trail.
    • No pets allowed on trail.

    Ranger Led Tours and Programs

    Enjoy a Ranger Program including hikes and talks from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
    ➠ More Information and Schedule

    Canyon Tours

    Contact a private company for a tour into the canyon by hiking, horseback or vehicle.
    • Fees required.
    • Require a backcountry permit and hiring an authorized guide.
    • No pets allowed on tours.
    ➠ More Information on Tour Companies

    National Parks Service Recommendations

  • 2 Hours: Visit all 7 overlooks on South Rim Drive OR all 3 overlooks on North Rim Drive.
  • 1/2 Day: Visit all 10 overlooks on South and North Rim Drive OR Visit the South Rim Drive and hike White House Trail OR take a half day canyon tour.
  • 1 Day: Visit all 10 overlooks on South and North Rim Drives PLUS hike White House Trail OR visit all 10 overlooks PLUS take a half day canyon tour OR join an all-day canyon tour.
  • 2 Days: Visit all 10 overlooks on South and North Rim Drives, hike White House Trail AND join an all-day guided tour.
  • White House Ruin Self-Guided Tour

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    Ranger Led Tour to Ledge Ruin

    Bare Rock Trail to Ledge Ruin Bare Rock Trail Square Kiva Ruin Square Kiva Ledge Ruin Ledge Ruin Ledge Ruin Ledge Ruin

    Canyon Tours by Navajo Guide

    Pictographs Pictographs Petroglyphs: Ancestral Puebloan, Hopi, and Navajo Petroglyphs First Ruin First Ruin Junction Ruin Junction Ruin Antelope House Ruin Antelope House Ruin Antelope Pictograph Panel Antelope House Ruin Navajo Fortress Navajo Fortress Spanish Pictograph Panel Spanish Panel Standing Cow Ruin Standing Cow Ruin
    Photos by EMKotyk