Canyon De Chelly National Monument

Overview

At the base of sheer red cliffs and in canyon wall caves are ruins of Indian villages built between AD 350 and 1300. Reflecting one of the longest continuously inhabited landscapes of North America, the cultural resources of Canyon de Chelly include distinctive architecture, artifacts, and rock imagery while exhibiting remarkable preservation integrity that provides outstanding opportunities for study and contemplation. 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. NPS works in partnership with the Navajo Nation to manage park resources and sustain the living Navajo community.

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Seasonality / Weather

Climate
The elevation at the park ranges from 5,500 at the visitor center to over 7,000 feet at the last overlook. Since the weather is unpredictable, monitor local weather forecasts and come prepared for sudden changes.

Generally, Spring is cool and windy with possibilities of dust storms. Highs range from 50 to 70 degrees with lows averaging 35 degrees. Summer is hot and dry with highs ranging from 85 to 100 degrees and lows averaging 50 degrees. Fall is warm and often wet, so expect thunderstorms. Highs range from 60 to 80 degrees with lows averaging 40 degrees. Winter is cold and breezy often bringing 1-4 inches of snow. High temperatures range from 40 to 60 degrees with lows averaging 20 degrees.

Directions

Driving: 

The Visitor Center is 3 miles (4.8 km) from Route 191 in Chinle, AZ.

From Flagstaff, AZ, take I-40 East then Hwy 191 North.

From Gallup, NM, take Hwy 264 West then Hwy 191 North.

From Kayenta, AZ, take Route 59 Southeast then Hwy 191 South.

Flying: 

International airports located in Phoenix, AZ (5 hours) or Albuquerque, NM (4 hours). Municipal airports located in Flagstaff, AZ (3 hours); Farmington, NM (2 hours) and Gallup, NM (1 1/2 hours). Local airstrip for medical transport only.

Public Transport: 

Amtrak train stations and Greyhound bus stations located in Gallup, NM or Flagstaff, AZ. No public transit between the stations and the park, so a rental car is recommended.

Navajo Transit System operates buses throughout the Navajo Nation. Call 928-729-4002 for more information.