Horseback riders in Canyon de Chelly

For nearly 5,000 years, people have lived in these Canyon de Chelly canyons in the Eastern corner of Arizona– longer than anyone has lived uninterrupted anywhere on the Colorado Plateau. They are part of a magical area of the Southwest called the Grand Circle  In the place called Tsegi, their homes and images tell us their stories. Today, Dine’ families make their homes, raise livestock, and farm the lands in the canyons. Drive the two paved rim drives to the overlooks which provide excellent views of the canyon below. Allow 2 hours to visit 3 overlooks on the North Rim Drive which are best for morning photos. Allow 2 hours to visit 6 overlooks on the South Rim Drive which are best for afternoon photos.  The best way to explore the canyon, however, is by joining a guided tour. Visitors are only allowed to enter the canyon with a Native American guide (except for the White House Trail). Travel Your Backyard can help you book a tour, whether you prefer a half-day or full-day tour in an all-wheel vehicle (needed to navigate the sand and sometimes water runoffs!), a hiking tour or even an overnight camping trip. Travel Your Backyard can also book your accommodation near the canyon and point out other gems to visit on your way to of from the Canyon de Chelly