Canyon de Chelly National Monument

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Setting

Canyon de Chelly National Monument is located on a high plateau in northeastern Arizona near the center of the Navajo Reservation of the Four Corners. It encompasses 130 square miles and three splendid, red-walled canyons --- Canyon del Muerto, Monument Canyon and Canyon de Chelly, from which it derives its name.

The Four Corners area is centrally located on the Colorado Plateau at an average elevation of 6,000 feet, lying between the Great Basin and the Rocky Mountains. Canyon de Chelly is a gorge cut through the Defiance Plateau, an uplift of a gently sloping monoplane separating Black Mesa Basin to the west from San Juan Basin to the east. The eastern section of the Defiance Uplift ends in the Chuska Range comprised of (from north to south) the Lukchukai, Trunicha and Chuska Mountains.

At an elevation of 5,000 to 6,000 feet, the Canyon de Chelly area is characterized by extremes of temperature and very low humidity. Temperatures in the canyons can range between 105 degrees F. in summer to -30 degrees F. in winter. The average annual rainfall is about 9.6 inches.

 

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Getting There

By Auto
From Interstate 40 just inside the eastern boundary of Arizona, take U.S. Route 191 north 75 miles to Chinle, AZ, then drive another 3 miles to the Monument Visitor Center.

Public Transportation
To Monument: access by plane, bus, train to Flagstaff, AZ. No public transportation in the Monument.

Canyon de Chelly - PDF -- A map of the park can be downloaded here.

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