Created 19-Oct-14
Modified 17-Mar-17
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Canyon De Chelly (pronounced "canyon de shay") was established on April 1, 1931 as a unit of the National Park Service. It is located in northeastern Arizona within the boundaries of the Navajo Nation. Reflecting one of the longest continuously inhabited landscapes of North America, it preserves ruins of the early indigenous tribes that lived in the area, including the Ancient Pueblo Peoples (also called Anasazi) and Navajo.

The monument covers 83,840 acres (131.0 sq mi) and encompasses the floors and rims of the three major canyons: de Chelly, del Muerto, and Monument. These canyons were cut by streams with headwaters in the Chuska mountains just to the east of the monument. None of the land is federally owned. In 2009 Canyon de Chelly National Monument was recognized as one of the most-visited national monuments in the United States.

Canyon de Chelly is entirely owned by the Navajo Tribal Trust of the Navajo Nation. It is the only National Park Service unit that is owned and cooperatively managed in this manner.

Approximately 40 Navajo families live in the park. Access to the canyon floor is restricted, and visitors are allowed to travel in the canyons only when accompanied by a park ranger or an authorized Navajo guide. The only exception to this rule is the White House Ruin Trail.

(Description courtesy of Wikipedia)

Categories & Keywords
Category:Travel and Places
Subcategory:North America
Subcategory Detail:United States of America
Keywords:Arizona, Canyon, Canyon De Chelly, Cañon, Chinle, Navajo Nation

The lower section of the white house ruins.

The lower section of the white house ruins.

Petrographs on the canyon wall seen from its floor.

Petrographs on the canyon wall seen from its floor.

Note the petrographs in the center of the picture.

Note the petrographs in the center of the picture.

This is a crop of the previous picture.

This is a crop of the previous picture.

A view of the canyon floor from the north rim.

A view of the canyon floor from the north rim.

Spider Rock.

Spider Rock.

A view of the "Mummy Cave" ruins from the north rim. Mumified remains were excavated here.

A view of the "Mummy Cave" ruins from the north rim. Mumified remains were excavated here.

A view of the river that cut the canyon from its rim.

A view of the river that cut the canyon from its rim.

A view of a settlement from the rim.

A view of a settlement from the rim.

A crop of the previous picture.

A crop of the previous picture.

Note the dwelling in the little cave.

Note the dwelling in the little cave.

A crop of the previous picture.

A crop of the previous picture.

For perspective, note the vehicles parked on the far overlook.

For perspective, note the vehicles parked on the far overlook.

This is a crop of the previous picture.

This is a crop of the previous picture.

An even tighter crop.

An even tighter crop.

A view of the canyon floor from the rim.

A view of the canyon floor from the rim.

Antelope House Ruins from the rim. Note the service truck and driver.

Antelope House Ruins from the rim. Note the service truck and driver.