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Canyon de Chelly National Monument is a unit of the National Park Service. It is located in northeastern Arizona within the boundaries of the Navajo Nation. It encompasses the floors and rims of the three major canyons including Canyon del Muerto, Black Rock Canyon, Monument Canyon and Canyon de Chelly. Canyon de Chelly also sustains a living community of Navajo people, who are connected to a landscape of great historical and spiritual significance. Canyon de Chelly is unique among National Park service units, as it is comprised entirely of Navajo Tribal Trust Land that remains home to the canyon community. White House Ruin is the largest and most spectacular of the many Canyon de Chelly ruins. In Canyon de Chelly rock art is bountiful. It is about 84,000 acres of gorgeous land which has more than 4,000 years of human occupation. That makes this land one of the longest continuously inhabited landscapes of North America. Canyon de Chelly has thousands of years of perserved culture like cliff dwelling architecture, artifacts, and rock art. Canyon de Chelly is home to several periods of Indian culture dating from 350 A.D. to 1300 A.D., and the 26-mile canyon's sheer cliffs range from 30 to more than 1,000 feet, providing a spectacular backdrop for hundreds of Anasazi ruins.

How to Get There

Access to the canyon floor is restricted, and visitors are allowed to travel in the canyons only when accompanied by a park ranger or an authorized Navajo guide. The only exception to this rule is the White House Ruin Trail. Tours of the canyon floor can be booked at the visitor center and at lodgings in the vicinity of the canyon. There is no fee to enter the canyon, apart from any charges imposed by tour guides. The Visitor Center is open daily all year from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for Christmas Day. Accommodations for visitors are located in the vicinity of the canyon, on the road leading to Chinle, which is the nearest town.

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