White House Ruin Trail

HARD 54 reviews

White House Ruin Trail is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Chinle, Arizona that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

2.7 miles
551 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



nature trips



historic site

no dogs

White House Ruin Trail, which descends nearly 600 feet down the cliffs on the south side of Canyon de Chelly, crosses the seasonal Chinle Wash and ends beside one of the most famous ancient dwellings in the monument, a two-level structure with one part on the valley floor and the other 50 feet up in an alcove. Typical round trip times for the trail are 1 to 2 hours, and the path is wide, well-used and not too steep.

4 days ago

Hiked in late afternoon/early evening mid May, lots of shade. Due to the time of year, we experienced strong wind gusts of sand. Sunglasses helped.
Mild temps, but still bring plenty of water.
Beautiful ruins, but panhandling at viewpoints was an annoyance.

26 days ago

A hidden gem and not very busy. Very few people on the trail. Did it in two and a half hours with a few stops. Very relaxing and wonderful views.

1 month ago

Not so hard , (we did this hike in 2h)considering the elevation is only 600feet and the hike is close to 3 miles round trip. Views was outstanding. We started at 9am and had the canyon only for us. We saw few hikers on the way up. Make sure to take water with you and use restroom before you start hiking. There is restroom on the bottom of the canyon.

1 month ago

Good trail down to the ruins and back up.

2 months ago

nice not too crowded

2 months ago

Gorgeous views. Definitely do it again!

2 months ago

Such a fun hike that took a little under 2 hours for my group. Everyone was so nice and great to talk to! We went in February and passed a few people but basically walked by ourselves for most of it. The views were spectacular and the hike itself wasn’t too bad.

3 months ago

nice hike before sunset - fascinating colors

4 months ago

amazing! great hike with amazing views of the canyon and the dwellings at the end.

6 months ago

Great trail! Drops over 600 feet to the valley floor. Beautiful valley but in a very remote location. Take the jeep tour to Spider Rock if your in the area.

7 months ago

Descente dans le Canyon de Chelly très agréable. On se demande bien par où le chemin passe dans la falaise, mais en fait il y a un petit tunnel qui permet de déboucher dans un éboulis. Chemin très bien tracé et très praticable.
La vue sur la falaise avec les ruines est époustouflante.

8 months ago

Cool trail down to White House ruins. Keep toddlers close. Some steep drops and no rails.

10 months ago

Nice hike down to the ruins. Beautiful views of the red rocks and cliffs along the way. If you're from a region that's at sea level (like me), the ascent might be challenging on a hot day (think I had a touch of altitude sickness with exertion) but I recovered quickly and well. Would definitely recommend as it is cool to get up to the actual ruins. Bring lots of water! You're exposed most of the time but there are quite a few shady areas for rest.

10 months ago

accomplished this trail on Sunday and very much enjoyed it. although it's rated easy, it's 1.5 mile back up! all incline! I'm not in shape, but I would do this walk again in a heartbeat

Monday, April 17, 2017

beautiful and easy! the only trail that opens to public in the NM but def worth it. nice red rock canyon, some of the part looks like the WAVE formation, and high giant canyon wall at the end. A lot of birds!

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Very easy trail with a rewarding view! We were there during fresh snow so it's very quiet and beautiful

Thursday, November 10, 2016

This trail is more for the tourist/novice hiker. However, it is a very nice trail. Well maintained. Going down is the easy part. Good workout going back up.

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Nice historical and geological wonder

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Took my 5 year old son and 2 year old daughter here and did this hike. Very Cool area you feel as if you went back in time 1000 years and you just have so many questions.

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

I didn't mind this hike, My wife on the other hand would not rate it very high, I would put this on the "hard" end of easy, especially if you do it in some heat, coming up can be rough in the heat, very little shade if any. Definitely enjoyable going down, once in the canyon, it's ok. My wife did not like the Indian sellers you have to walk by to see the ruins, or the fact you are kept a pretty good distance away from them, with an ugly steel fence between you & the ruins (not great for pictures). It is the only way to see the canyon without hiring a guide, so from that perspective, to me it's kinda a must do unless you happy taking pictures from the overlooks looking down

Friday, March 25, 2016


Monday, December 21, 2015

I grew up near the Canyon and it brings back memories of my childhood. Its a beautiful place to hike and I recommend doing it before sunset because the colors of the Arizona sky and the walls of canyon are amazing!

Monday, November 30, 2015

Definitely worth it. The signs says it takes two hours but I did it in just over an hour. The views are beautiful and the history is fascinating.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Pretty and fascinating trail. If you are a history buff this trail is a must! However, hats, sunblock and plenty of water is also a must.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Steep descent/ascent. Varied trail, but mostly slick rock. Some sections with sheer drop offs. Be smart: water, hat, sunscreen...DUH!! Gorgeous views, lots of folks on the trail, horses down at the water, petroglyphs, ruins and Navajo artisans. Worthwhile hike.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

It was a nice easy hike. Awesome sandstone cliffs and epic views. Take lots of sun block and water.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Magnificent trail. It is a pretty good workout on the legs going down and then back up. The views are well worth it.

Friday, March 02, 2012

Take water! Take water! Take water And if it's summer, take water! Needed equipment: water, a brim hat, (walking stick,) sun screen, sun glasses. -- Steep and long decline (what goes down has to come up!). No water at the bottom, except the river (maybe) running threw. The rock formations are fabulous. A lot of petrified sand dunes. First time I had ever seen that. FASCINATING! I could here the wind blowing in the sand of the contoured sandstone! There's a tunnel with a narrow walking trail. At the bottom one is the guest of Navajo farmers, that is to say, you'll be walking through their fields and past a couple fallen down old houses (2009). One can not enter the White House ruins once you get there. For the walker/hiker it's a great go! For teh novice, it will be challenging, but worht it (I think!). For the Couch potato or complainer, you might want to enjoy the overlook at the car park above!

6 days ago

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