Monday, October 17, 2011

Canyon de Chelly National Monument

(Chuck) When we left the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, we moved to the Sandia Casino in ABQ for one night of rest and an opportunity to relax with friends as we each assembled our travel plans. Mark and Judie were to spend the rest of the week in ABQ for dog training and Bruce and Dee traveled to Chinle, AZ to Canyon de Chelly National Monument with Jan and I. We spent two nights in the campground and enjoyed the drives on the North and South rims of the canyon to view the ruins. Field glasses were necessary and at each pull off it was exciting to spot ancient Indian ruins across the canyon. It is a very pretty place with colorful rock formations.

020A prominent feature on the South Rim Drive is the 800 foot spire named Spider Rock since ABQ 052

since ABQ 034Ruins seen from the North Rim Drive, above. Bruce & Dee and Jan & Chuck at a canyon overlook at left.

059Jan and Dee on the South Canyon Rim headed down the White House Trail. Jan & Chuck at right going through the lower tunnel  on the WH Trail. since ABQ 062 041 Bruce and Chuck hiking across the canyon floor towards the White House Ruins.
The highlight of our stay was the White House Trail hike. It is about a three hour hike which takes you 600 feet down the wall of the canyon to the floor. Then the trail leads you down the stream bed and across to the opposite wall to view White House Ruins, one of the many ruins in the area. This hike is the only authorized free hike in the Monument. All other activities are provided, for a fee, by Navajo and Navajo sponsored guides. 052

1 comment:

ourbusandus said...

Those ruins from on high look like you are looking at them from the nose bleed section...were you able to go right up to the ones at ground level? We visited the Gila Cliff Dwellings just north of Silver City, NM and you can walk inside them!! Great hike! Looking forward to eventually seeing you in Yuma!

Hugs, Sharon & Ron

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