Explore the most popular trails in Canyon de Chelly National Monument with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

If These Walls Could Talk... They would tell you that for nearly 5,000 years, people have lived in these canyons - longer than anyone has lived uninterrupted anywhere on the Colorado Plateau. Their homes and images tell us their stories. Today, Navajo families make their homes, raise livestock, and farm the lands in the canyon. The National Park Service and Navajo Nation are actively working together to manage park resources.

Unbelievably one of the best hikes I have ever done. Amazing red rock formations as you scale down from the top of the canyon. Incredible stone craftsman made the trail and tunnels. At the end you’ll see a bridge, look up at the middle to your left and you’ll see the ruins amongst the Cottonwood trees. Lucky to have ancestral artists at the bottom selling their crafts so bring your cash with you. Enjoy a mini version of the Grand Canyon. An easy hike for the young and old!!!

hiking
18 days ago

Canyon de Chelly is an small monument park off the beaten trail in NE AZ. It is well worth the trip just becuase of its historic significance. We arrived late in the day but quickly took the time to travel this trail. It took 2 hours to go down and visit the ruins and return. Yes, it is a 600 ft descent and ascent but the grade is not bad so not a heavy breather to climb out. The 1000 year old ruins are unique in that they are two levels. We have visited several other ruins in AZ but these are some of the more impressive. I am surprised they survived the Kit Carson days when the local native population was driven out of the canyon. Take water and take your time. Enjoy.

on White House Ruin Trail

hiking
27 days ago

great hike. steady incline coming back out. lots of benches along the trail for breaks.

It’s such incredible hike and everyone is so friendly .

hiking
bridge out
no shade
rocky
1 month ago

Great views. Lots of places to rest. Gets very hot in summer, be sure to bring a hat. Don’t use the bridge to cross the river. Saw some horses and cows grazing.

hiking
muddy
no shade
private property
rocky
1 month ago

This is a picturesque trail which is easy to come back. And, almost no people in the trail, so you can enjoy this sacred place.

This was a very fun trail and it was a work out. There are some narrow passages with big drop offs so with the child we made sure she was always inside. The 4 year old made it the bottom of the canyon before she wanted shoulders. The view of the cliff dwellings is nice. On the way back up the child only wanted shoulders for the part of the way up and then she walked all the way. It is not a trail you can carry a child on. Overall great work out and all the lookout points are great in the park.

hiking
2 months ago

Great little hike, exactly 2.84 mi round trip from parking lot, by my watch, which is accurate. 38 mins down, 36 mins up for a guy who is out of shape. Majestic scenery, cool looking ruins. Busy trail, about 20-30 other hikers while I was there, but not an issue. Lots of angled rocks that make up the trail, so wear good shoes. Plenty hot by 10 am, but nothing brutal. Nice workout.

mountain biking
off trail
3 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous drive around to the various vista-points along the drive. We would have loved to hike down into the canyon but didn’t have enough time. Would definitely come back!

Great drive with stopping points to magnificent views. No entrance fee. Only hike is White house ruins which is moderately easy and safe, and outstanding.

Wide, well constructed, moderately easy trail down the canyon. Width, rock grip, and gentle slope made this trail feel safe. Coming back up was slower, but still very safe. Beautiful views and ruins.

Outstanding drive. Stopped at every viewing point! Got some great photos!

hiking
4 months ago

Did this hike with a 15yo, 13yo and 10yo. Amazing views. The trail is well maintained. There are two tunnels you go through. There is a river at the bottom and a bridge that you need to cross to see the ruins which are really cool. We camped at the cottonwood campground near by. Lots of shade and clean bathrooms.

hiking
4 months ago

Amazing hike on a well maintained trail! Go early in the morning to lessen the June heat!

hiking
4 months ago

Quick steep hike that takes you from a great view at the top, down to the canyon floor. Really cool rock formations the whole way down. Couldn't get too close to the ruins, but for good reason. Really cool hike.

The only hike in Canyon de Chelly does not disappoint! If you're trying to go inside of ruins and walk around them, go either to Wupatki National Monument, Walnut Canyon National Monument or Mesa Verde National Park (Colorado). The hike is very creative as it goes through cut out stone. The only confusing part is there's a bridge that we crossed, but then there's a sign that says "Do Not Cross Brige". However, there are more official trail signs after.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful! Enough elevation to make it interesting. Enjoyed the ruins. Snow and ice free as of 4/21

Canyon de Chelly is such a hidden gem in Arizona. It's really peaceful and offers gorgeous views with rich history. Bring plenty of water for the hike up as there isn't any along the trail.

hiking
6 months ago

You should definitely try to do this hike if you are in the area. It is the only public trail that you can take into Canyon de Chelly. It is beautifully carved into the side of the Canyon and easy to follow and safe using common sense. The views are spectacular. Coming up was not nearly as hard as we had expected.

hiking
6 months ago

Must do!

Cross the river please cross the river

hiking
6 months ago

The ruins are impossible to get close to. Don’t go just for them. Challenging- the return is all uphill. There are a few benches and rocks to rest on. BATHROOM- several basic port a potty’s at the bottom but no guarantee of toilet paper. I loved this hike as it was adventurous and beautiful views. Too many people think it is out of the way but visit it because it is more than just this hike. The entire park is spectacular.

hiking
6 months ago

We went March 17th , beautiful day. Great decent into an incredible Canyon. The two tunnels were a surprise. The way the trail was cut through rock was impressive. The ruins are great at the bottom. Very little shade in the middle of the day, could be tough in the middle of the summer. Could be some muddy sections if wet. 2 thumbs up!

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