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Address: Chinle, AZ
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A scenic and dramatic 36-mile drive along the 500-foot rim of Canyon de...

A scenic and dramatic 36-mile drive along the 500-foot rim of Canyon de Chelly.

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Amazing from-above view of Canyon de Chelly

You can travel the canyon rim and stop at various points. I recommend doing this in the early morning or just before sunset. The views are tremendous. There are no guard rails, so... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 weeks ago
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Fort Smith, Arkansas
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Fort Smith, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

You can travel the canyon rim and stop at various points. I recommend doing this in the early morning or just before sunset. The views are tremendous. There are no guard rails, so be careful of pets and children: the drop is fatal.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

Our family recently visited Canyon de Chelly National Monument outside Chinle, AZ. The park is free to enter and once inside visitors can choose to either drive down the North Rim or the South Rim of the canyon. The South Rim seems to be the more popular route as it has more overlooks and 2 of the parks landmarks in... More 

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Essex, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Superbly photogenic/picturesque canyon with the amazing Spider (or Totem Pole) Rock at the end of the drive (South Rim for sure - we didn't do the North Rim). Lots of overlooks and easily driven to and walked around. Off the beaten track but well worth the effort. A real highlight for us on our Route 66 trip - top 10... More 

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Petersburg, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

Along the drive there are many parking areas where beautiful views are a short walk away. At some spots local Navajo displayed their handmade jewelry for sale on the hood of their vehicles.

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aptos
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

Check out the Overlooks on South Rim Drive. You will not be disappointed. They are peaceful and the views of the canyon are great!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

We were advised to drive to the last view point, at the end of the pavement, and work our way back. Each of the views is great, and provide a good feel of the history of the canyons and people who live, and have lived there. Take your time, and your binoculars, and enjoy.

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Wilmette, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

We arrived later in the day and so did not stop at all of the overlooks. The views are amazing and the light in the canyon as the sun is setting seems very "magical" as the colors change. The overlook turnouts and parking are well marked and accessible. The ruins are much better when viewed from inside the canyon on... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Canyon de Chelly is a sacred place of the Navajo people. The rock formations are breathtaking as are the colors of the canyon. It is possible to see great beauty and the inside of the canyon by driving the South Rim if you don't have time to take the 3 hour tour. I urge you to take the tour to... More 

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Hamburg, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

Great tour to see the different aspects of the canyon from above. Plan for 3 hours if you wander about every now and then and possibly take pictures as well. 2 hours would be the kick-and-rush version and 5 hours or more the slow tour, including some walking down. plan a day if you want to walk down to the... More 

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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

The entrance to the park is 2.7 miles from Highway 191, through the city of Chinle. Just past the Visitor's Center is the option to take the South Rim and North Rim Roads. The road was well paved the whole way through, until it eventually ends and turns into a dirt road. Most of the paved portion had been recently... More 

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