White House Ruin Trail is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Chinle, Arizona that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.
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.
Nice historical and geological wonder
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
It was a nice easy hike. Awesome sandstone cliffs and epic views. Take lots of sun block and water.
Magnificent trail. It is a pretty good workout on the legs going down and then back up. The views are well worth it.
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!