Canyon de Chelly is one of the most magical and beautiful places in the southwest, if not the entire world. One of the longest continuously inhabited landscapes of North America, the cultural and historical resources of Canyon de Chelly include distinctive architecture, artifacts, and rock art and a beautiful canyon. Canyon de Chelly also is home to the Navajo people, who are connected to the landscape of great historical and spiritual significance. Canyon de Chelly is the most unique of the National Park service units, as it is comprised entirely of Navajo Tribal Trust Land . The National Park Service works in partnership with the Navajo Nation to manage the park resources at the same time, sustaining the living Navajo community.
Generally, Spring is cool and windy with possibilities of dust storms.
Highs range from 50 to 70 degrees with lows averaging 35 degrees.
Summer is hot and dry with highs ranging from 85 to 100 degrees and
lows averaging 50 degrees. Fall is warm and often wet, so expect thunderstorms.
Highs range from 60 to 80 degrees with lows averaging 40 degrees.
Winter is cold and breezy often bringing 1-4 inches of snow. High
temperatures range from 40 to 60 degrees with lows averaging 20 degrees.
Auto tours, hiking, rock art viewing, interpretive exhibits and talks, horseback riding (by prior arrangement), picnicking and photography. Concession jeep tours are available from Thunderbird Lodge, PO Box 548, Chinle, AZ 86503, Phone 928-674-5841/5842. Facilities include hiking and auto trails, parking, restrooms, exhibits, concession canyon trips, and horse rentals.
White House Ruins
A Navajo Hogan in the canyon along the trail to White House Ruins
Navajo ponies in Chinlee Wash
Petroglyphs at White House Ruins