Hike-in Required
No
Open Year-round
Yes
ADA accessible
No
Guided tours
No
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In addition to Antelope House Overlook, the North Rim Drive at Canyon de Chelly has two other viewpoints further up the canyon. Mummy Cave and Massacre Cave overlooks share one access road from the North Rim Drive and can be easily visited together.

Mummy Cave is the name of the ruin visible from the overlook. With over 80 rooms and three kivas, this is one of the largest dwelling structures in the park. It was named for two mummies that were discovered here by an archaeological expedition in 1882. There are great views both up and down the canyon from this overlook.

Massacre Cave is named for a battle that occurred in 1805 between the Navajo people and Spanish soldiers. Over 100 Navajo were killed that day as they defended themselves in this cave. The northern canyon of the park where both caves are located is named Canyon del Muerto. Massacre Cave is visible fairly close up from the lower overlook at this site.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

None

Pros

Spectacular views.

Cons

None.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Features

Family friendly
Native artifacts
Historically significant
Geologically significant
Big vistas

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Canyon de Chelly National Monument

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