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White House Ruin Trail [CLOSED] is a 2.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Chinle, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length 2.7 mi Elevation gain 551 ft Route type Out & Back

Kid friendly

Hiking

Bird watching

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Closed

Historic site

No dogs

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Note: This trail is currently closed due to a rash of break-ins. Please check here for updates: https://www.nps.gov/cach/planyourvisit/conditions.htm 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.

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Reviews (189)
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Tom K
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Hiking

May 2019 trip to Southwest, sixth visit to AZ, last time was 10 years ago in late spring. Day 3 First time here, Canyon de Chelly and this trail was (Main Goal#1 of trip). Great easy hike, bridge was almost collapsing. Ruins are nice but fenced off. This trial is closed as of March 2020.

Jerriann Kalem
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HikingRocky

A bit steep in some areas. Incredible views

Ranger Sciacca
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Hiking

Beautiful trail, cool ruins. Our car was broken into at the trailhead, and they said when they get break-ins, they often come in batches...

Carina Fosse
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a really cool hike down and back up the canyon wall. touristy, but not overcrowded as it is challenging. the ruins at the bottom were awesome, but you don't get too close.

Stewart Carnes
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Hiking

Amazing hike. The trail is well marked and maintained. Spectacular views. Once you reach the bridge the trail crosses the stream. To get to the bathrooms stay on the near side of the stream and follow it around the rock face.

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Shauna Madre
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Hiking

Beautiful and serene. Great time of year to visit. Not a million people. Cross the river with bare feet. Ice cold. Horses freely roaming.

Kristin Despres
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Hiking

Really enjoyed this trail, it was an easy hike and quite beautiful.

Alan Drummond
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Loved it. Awesome.

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Andrea McHugh
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Hiking

Not that hard but an amazing experience going down into the canyon. Felt surreal.

Mike McGrath
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Hiking

Super easy walk. It's like walking on a sidewalk the whole way. It was pretty crowded most of the way. The views of the canyon from the top and along the entire way down are impressive. The tunnels carved into the rock are different and a nice feature. The sandstone formations along the way are nice. So much green at the bottom; it was really pretty. The line of Porta Potties at the bottom of the canyon and the jeeps driving through definitely diminish the experience. The ruins are interesting, but people have to stay about 50 feet away and behind a fence (for good reason), so it's tough to get the full effect.

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FL S
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Hiking

This hike was beautiful! We enjoyed the view from every aspect of the trail. It was a breezy day and the temps were perfect. This was a place we have wanted to visit for years and well worth the hike down and back up.

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Scott Behner
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Hiking

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!!!

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David Lott
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Hiking

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.

Carolee H.
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Hiking

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

Sam T.
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Hiking

Easy hike into the canyon. Beautiful views. The ruins are a lot smaller than expected although this hike is more about the canyon. Must do trail if you are in the area. Just be careful not to venture into restricted areas at the base.

Stuart Z
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HikingBridge outNo shadeRocky

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.

Kota Kimura
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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.

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Michael Howard
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Hiking

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.

John Golden
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Hiking

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.

Mike Renda
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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.

Sam Tischler
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Hiking

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.

Blair Morgan
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Hiking

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

Elliott K
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Hiking

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.

William Schultz
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Hiking

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.

Lori Barkus
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Hiking

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

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