|At the base of sheer red cliffs and in canyon wall caves are ruins of Indian villages
built between AD 350 and 1300. Canyon de Chelly National Monument offers visitors the
chance to learn about Southwestern Indian history from the earliest basketmakers to the
Navajo Indians who live and farm here. Authorized April 1, 1931. Boundary change: March
1,1933. Acreage- 83,840 all nonfederal.
- Mailing Address:
Canyon de Chelly National Monument
PO Box 588, Chinle, AZ 86503
- The Visitor Center is 3 miles (4.8 km) from Route 191 in Chinle.
- Visitor Activities:
- Auto tours, hiking, pictograph viewing, interpretive exhibits and talks, horseback
riding (by prior arrangement), picnicking and photography. Concession jeep tours are
available from Thunderbird Lodge, PO Box 548, Chinle, AZ 86503, phone 520-674-5841/5842.
Facilities include hiking and auto trails, parking, restrooms, exhibits, concession canyon
trips and horse rentals. The Visitor Center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., October
to April; and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., May to September. The inner canyons are impassable in
winter and at certain other times of the year. For your safety: Quicksand, deep dry sand,
cliffs, loose rocks and flash floods make the canyons hazardous.
- Permits, Fees
- No entrance fee. Hiking within the canyon requires a Park Service permit and an
authorized Navajo guide, except along the 2.5-mile (4-km) White House Ruins Trail. One
guide may take up to 15 people for $10 per hour. To drive on the canyon bottom, a 4-wheel
drive vehicle, a Park Service permit and an authorized Navajo guide are required. The fee
is $10 an hour for 1 vehicle, $5 an hour for each additional vehicle with a 5-vehicle
limit per guide. Autos should use paved roads only.
- Some overlook areas are accessible.
- Camping and Lodging
- Campsites are available at no charge on a first-come, first-served basis year-round.
Reservations for group sites of 15 or more people can be made by contacting the Monument.
No reservations are accepted for RV groups. Backcountry camping is allowed with an
authorized guide. Lodging is available at Thunderbird Lodge. Make reservations in advance
by writing Thunderbird Lodge, Box 548, Chinle, AZ 86503, or calling 520-674-5841/5842.
Other overnight accommodations are available in Chinle; Window Rock, AZ, Monument Valley,
and Gallup, NM.
- Food and Supplies
- Meals are served at Thunderbird Lodge, but no food or supplies are available in the
Monument. Food and supplies are available nearby in Chinle.