Navajo land and nation covers 27,000 square miles of unparalled beauty. This unearthy resembling teritory is home to more than a dozen of national monuments, tribal parks, spectacular views over the day and night sky, crystal lakes and small ponds.
If you somehow get to this splendid beauty, you will step back in time and see how the ancient ones – the Anasazi people live thousands of years ago. The Navajo Nation has an array of ancient ruins, including the world renowned Navajo National Monument and the tranquil Chaco Culture National Historical Park. From the towering formations of Monument Valley to the majestic red sandstone walls and lush green valley floor of Canyon de Chelly, this is a land of great contr asts.
Canyon de Chelly is one of the best place on earth, a must see destination..It preserves ruins of the early indigenous tribes that lived in the area, including the Ancient Pueblo Peoples (the aforementioned Anasazi) and Navajo. Experience Canyon de Chelly’s breathtaking wonders – soaring sandstone walls, natural wildlife and beauty, precious orchards of fruit and cornfields. You may see Navajo sheepherders tending to their flocks in the flow of the southwestern sun. Enjoy the company of canyon residents, whose ancestors originally settled Canyon de Chelly hundreds of years ago.
The Canyon de Chelly system actually comprises four main gorges (Canyon del Muerto, Black Rock Canyon, Canyon de Chelly and Monument Canyon – see map), plus many side ravines, branching eastwards from Chinle into the Defiance Plateau. Most of it may be reached only at rim level via rough, unpaved tracks – just the northernmost and southernmost edges are accessible from paved roads; the North Rim Drive (Indian Reservation 64) links Chinle with the north-south route IR 12 and passes several overlooks.
The national monument has a well-stocked visitor center, near which is an excellent free campsite (the Cottonwood Campground) with basic facilities – though no showers – and plenty of sites, nestled beneath large cottonwood trees. Like Chinle itself, the site also has many stray dogs, but they tend to be friendly and well-behaved.