Hike-in Required
No
Open Year-round
Yes
ADA accessible
No
Guided tours
No
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Canyon de Chelly National Monument has limited access to the floor of the canyons, and most areas can only be reached with a Navajo guide. The rim roads are wide open, though, and both the north and south roads have spectacular overlooks with great views of the canyon. On the North Rim Drive, the Antelope House Overlook is not to be missed. Upon reaching the parking area, it is a bit of a walk across sandstone with some steps to reach the fenced overlook. The view from here is marvelous in every direction.  The real fun of this spot, though, is the large, mostly flat sandstone cap of the canyon walls that invite exploration. In both directions from the official overlook there are faint paths to a number of flat spots to view the curves of Canyon de Chelly. These cliffs are extremely dangerous, and it is imperative to watch children carefully and to keep pets leashed.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

None

Pros

Spectacular views. Fun rock hopping.

Cons

Many areas with no guard rails. Vertigo-inducing heights.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Features

Vault toilet
Geologically significant
Native artifacts
Big vistas

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Canyon de Chelly National Monument

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