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T. WhiteIntense  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2007

T. White

Glowing light and thunder showers over the desert varnished walls, the unique shape and living floor of the canyon, the significant isolation... it's an unforgettable place.

There are some things about the locals that may seem standoffish or strange (I was shocked by the sheer number of impoverished Navajo hitch hikers), but in general I found them to be polite.
Posted Nov 10, 2017 1:20 am

Larry LavertyWhite House Ruins  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 23, 2005

Larry Laverty

A unique and magical place. I always become aware of my fast-paced life here. A trip here more often would add years on to a lifetime.
Posted Mar 31, 2013 5:53 pm

LDuszerbeautiful place  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 11, 2003


I spent a week in the four corners region during a spring break in college. I hiked to the White House ruins. It's a beautiful place, and you shouldn't run into any problems as long as you're respectful and stay where you're allowed to be.
Posted Aug 6, 2012 1:27 pm

KesslerChelly  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 20, 2009


Posted Nov 6, 2011 12:30 am

ShayleeChelly  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 20, 2009


Posted Nov 6, 2011 12:21 am

seth@LOKIAfter South America  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 20, 2008


Winter snow set off the views.
Posted Apr 25, 2010 2:51 pm

mountaingazelleCanyon de Chelly  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 5, 2009


This is a beautiful area. Hiked to White House Ruins and went to all of the overlooks. Reading other comments, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but everyone we met was nice and polite.
Posted Nov 16, 2009 12:25 am

asaking11With the fam  Sucess!


Went here with my family quite a while ago, such a gorgeous area.
Posted Oct 22, 2009 12:40 am

ScottCanyon de Chelly  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 20, 2009


Kessler, Shaylee, Kim and I left for a hike down into the Canyon de Chelly and to Whitehouse Ruins. Because the land belongs to the Navajos, White House Ruins is the only place in the complex where you are allowed to hike without a guide. We had a great time on the scenic trail and at the ruins.

After the ruins we went to various overlooks of the ruins, canyon and rock towers, but we couldn’t hike or climb anything there.
Posted Mar 25, 2009 6:09 pm

StumblingBearGreat Canyon Adventures  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 17, 1994


A trip to Canyon de Chelly is always magical. I've driven, hiked and explored by 4X4 vehicle and loved it all. The canyon always holds surprises on every visit. Please read my Last Great Canyon Adventure article
Posted May 19, 2008 10:30 pm

Sarah SimonDown Sliding House, up Bare Rock  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 1, 2008

Sarah Simon

I spent a week in the canyon with the greatest Canyon de Chelly Dine guide and a woman beautiful inside and out. We hiked down Sliding House Rock Trail and up Bare Rock Trail. In between we enjoyed meals in our guide's new hogan, relaxed and shared friendship and Dine blessings in her old childhood hogan and simply relaxed, hiked and enjoyed good companionship. I will never, never, never forget my stay in this special place. We bathed in the wash, got caught in dust storms and listened to the coyotes sing under painfully bright stars. I've returned home refreshed and changed.
Posted May 5, 2008 10:46 am

Kenneth.aloneReally a neat place  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 4, 2007
My father and i spent a week backpacking throughout the canyon. Great sites and history there, a little sad sometimes but overall a wonderful experience.
Posted Apr 16, 2008 8:54 pm

stephoCanyon de Chelly  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 31, 2005


Absolutely stunning. Be sure to bring your camera. Spent a few days hiking through canyons.
Posted Jan 5, 2008 6:20 pm

CBakwinyo  Sucess!


This is absolutly a beautiful place but yes, a bit wierd that people live here and there are many rules and regulations. Still, accepting those limitations, it's worth a visit!
Posted Dec 31, 2007 9:33 am

Dan the JonesNot a good place
Date Climbed: Apr 18, 2006

Dan the Jones

It is a great shame that this beautiful national wonder is surronded by resentful, hateful people. I do not encourage people to visit this area unless they travel in large groups and stay indoors after dark.
Posted Jun 3, 2007 9:52 pm

Kenneth.aloneRe: Not a good place
Hey Dan, uhhh... the people living there have been doing so for somewhere around 20,000 years and had a little less resentment before we killed most of them off, kicked them out, raped them and then pushed them back in again.
These "resentful, hateful people" are this way because of our peoples ruthless conquest. A bit of our own medicine maybe...
Posted Apr 16, 2008 8:52 pm

lisaeA magical place!  Sucess!


I spent five days camping & hiking in the Canyon de Chelly. Spider Rock was amazing, as were the other sights in this canyon. We camped on our guide's land; it wonderful spending time with her and hearing her stories.
Posted Mar 24, 2007 6:32 am

Mark DoironWhite House Ruins Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 18, 2003

Mark Doiron

We hiked the trail to the White House ruins. The weather threatened, and eventually it did rain on us, but only lightly. And that only served to refresh us for the return hike back out of the canyon. Awesome place; photographer's delight! --mark d.
Posted Mar 20, 2007 11:45 am

tarolWhite House Ruin  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 14, 1999


Beautiful place! Loved interacting with the locals and photographing the ruins.
Posted Mar 19, 2007 9:42 pm

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