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on White House Ruin Trail

hiking
21 days ago

Beautiful! A few icy and muddy spots from the snow last week.

hiking
1 month ago

Very easy and very special lookout from ruins

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike with a nice switchback! Gorgeous view, like taking a step back into time.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a beautiful canyon to hike! And switchbacks lead you down to the bottom to experience the ancient White House Ruins with stunning views of the canyon along the way. A Navajo vendor was in front of the ruins today so we got to purchase some original art pieces, too.

great hike, bit of a climb back out but beautiful.

hiking
7 months ago

Not a hard trail at all. Easy to moderate. Many areas are flat. Take water as it is a down and back hike. Best in the late afternoon.

8 months ago

The hike is really easy, my brother (16) and I (18) did it in about an hour with one break on the way back up. The views on the hike are really nice and the trail is well maintained. The actual ruins are cool, but there are better ones if you do the North rim drive and stop at the Mummy Caves

8 months ago

Breathtaking, peaceful and well with the effort. Navajo jewelry for sale at ther bottom of ther canyon so bring your wallet and lots of water! Hike early to stay cool.

Hiked in July at 7am, with our 8 year old. Going down was obviously very easy, going up wasn’t as bad as I thought. From the base of the canyon wall to the top took about 35 minutes with about 3 short breaks. Prior to our decent we did see a black bear to the east in the canyon walking in the opposite direction after being mooed off by a stubborn cow. The ruins are pretty neat and worth checking out.

hiking
9 months ago

Had no idea this place existed, just thought it was an overlook, but how was I happy to learn you could hike down into the canyon and it was a great workout! I met a man who said there used to be races and that many trained to be mail runners from town to town back in the old days. Awesome history and natural walkways, not even 50% man-made stairs, but rather very cool walking paths.

scenic driving
9 months ago

Amazing views, fun places to hike out and walk on the actual canyon wall. Love that it's not all concrete, man-made walkways, but you get to feel like you are exploring nature (especially Massacre Cave and White House Trail).

hiking
10 months ago

This trail is moderate rated at best. Start around 4 PM to stay in the shade on the way down to the canyon floor. After that it's some dirt and sand till you reach the ruins. There's restrooms at the bottom. The ruins are blocked off by a fence so you can't get close, bring a telephoto lens and stand on something to get the fence out of the pictures. Honestly, it's not worth going down into the canyon. Seek out far older and better ruins in AZ where you're allowed to enter and explore, there's plenty. The view from below is rather dull, you'll get the best views from the top and midway on the trail down.

hiking
10 months 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.

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.

hiking
11 months 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.

Good trail down to the ruins and back up.

scenic driving
Thursday, March 08, 2018

This place is a gorgeous and seldom visited oasis, every bit as impressive as the Grand Canyon and without any of the crowds. Only one hiking trail is accessible by the public and has its own listing on AllTrails. Otherwise the canyon floor is accessible only at a cost with a Navajo guide. The 2 roads, south rim and north rim, are paved and carry general thru traffic as well as well as there being residences throughout. There are a series of well marked turnouts for the viewpoints with vendors stationed at most, even when signage is posted prohibiting. Drive 10 minutes, take in the view, hop in the car, drive another 10 minutes, lather/rinse/repeat. Entrance is free. There are a decent number of services available in Chinle for being on the reservation, but otherwise this is pretty out there which keeps the crowds down. I brought my dog to every viewpoint but in keeping with park rules, left him behind for the white house trail and of course clean up after him everywhere we go. The Thunderbird lodge provides the only pet friendly accommodations in town and we had a really nice overnight there, was unexpected but would return without hesitation. Visited south rim in afternoon/evening and north rim the following morning to catch the best lighting. Beautiful to visit but this isn't much of a "Trail" kind of destination.

hiking
Wednesday, March 07, 2018

nice not too crowded

hiking
Thursday, March 01, 2018

Gorgeous views. Definitely do it again!

hiking
Friday, February 23, 2018

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.

hiking
Sunday, January 21, 2018

nice hike before sunset - fascinating colors

hiking
Thursday, December 21, 2017

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

Mostly driving. Hike to the White House is about 3 miles. A must do when in area.

hiking
Monday, October 30, 2017

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.

hiking
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

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

scenic driving
Saturday, July 15, 2017

The drive along the rim here is something to see. Each viewpoint gets higher and higher off the canyon floor. I went as far as Spider Rock overlook. Pretty close to 1000' sheer drops from that spot. No guardrails at all when I was there years ago. Need to be careful, especially if you have kids in tow. Definitely worth going to see though.

hiking
Friday, July 14, 2017

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.

hiking
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

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

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