Day 936: Canyon De Chelly NP

This morning we visited the Canyon de Chelly National Monument visitor center:

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We left the RV at the visitor center and drove out along the South Rim Drive, stopping first at the White House trailhead:

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Across the canyon, the White House ruins are visible.  Like the other cliff dwellings in the park, this site was built and occupied by the Anasazi between 1100 and 1300:

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The White House ruins are along the canyon floor on the left side of this photo:

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We started our hike down to the canyon floor.  In places where the canyon wall is too steep for a trail, the trail was carved through the canyon wall:

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Another man-made tunnel:

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Down of the canyon floor:

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White House ruins from ground level:

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Heading back up:

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Our next stop was a trail to an overlook of Spider Rock.  The taller of the two spires is 750 feet tall:

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We stopped at a number of other overlooks where cliff dwellings could be seen in the distance:

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Navajo tribal members still farm and ranch the canyon floor today:

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We returned to the visitor center and hitched up the RV.  The kids handed in their Junior Ranger workbooks and received their badges:

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We left the park by way of the North Rim Drive, stopping along the way to view the park’s northern canyon and the cliff dwellings therein:

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The Mummy Cave complex is the largest cliff dwelling in the Park:

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Our Canyon de Chelly parting shot:

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We drove south.  Since we left the Phoenix area, we’ve been above 6,000 feet, and this afternoon we passed this frozen lake at over 7,000 feet:

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We continued on to overnight at the Walmart of Gallup, New Mexico, where we last slept on Day 383.

See the trip map for today’s drive and our current location.

Day 935: Hubbell Trading Post NHS
Day 937: El Morro National Monument

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