Canyon de Chelly
National Monument

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There are motels in Chinle, AZ, 3miles the Monument entrance For more information and a complete list. Click Here. (Rates, availability and reservation online)


Cottonwood Campground (elevation 5,540 feet) is 1/2 mile south of the Visitor Center. It is open year round on a first-come first-served basis year-round. It includes 104 RV and tent sites. From April to October facilities include flush toilets, picnic tables and drinking water. There are no shower facilities. No fee required.

Group Camping

Group tent camping is also available for 15-25 people in organized groups by reservation only. Make reservations by calling the Monument at 928-674-5500. No reservations are accepted for RV groups.

Backcountry Camping

Backcountry campingis allowed with an authorized guide. Check at the Visitor Center or call the Monuument at 928-674-5500.


Jay Sharp explores the canyon.
Canyon De Chelly A measure of Time


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Canyon de Chelly National Monument Video
Canyon de Chelly NM offers the opportunity to learn about Southwestern Indian history from the earliest Anasazi to the Navajo Indians who live and farm here today. Its primary attractions are ruins of Indian villages built between 350 and 1300 AD at the base of sheer red cliffs and in canyon wall caves.

Glen Canyon Dam
Held behind the Bureau of Reclamation's Glen Canyon Dam, waters of the Colorado River and tributaries are backed up almost 186 miles, forming Lake Powell. The dam was completed in 1963. Take a look at this tremendous feat of engineering - the Glen Canyon Dam.

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Due to the shale deposits which slope gently to the river here, Lees Ferry was the only place to cross the Colorado River for 260 miles until the Navajo Bridge was built across Marble Canyon in 1927. Join DesertUSA as we explore this historic site.

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