Canyon de Chelly Climber's Log

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Stu Brandel

Stu Brandel - Oct 20, 2021 6:59 pm Date Climbed: Oct 17, 2021

Drivers Log Entry

Did not go in canyon (even the White House trail was closed) but still the overlooks were stunning and beautiful, and some allowed for exploration. A true treasure.


technicolorNH - Sep 19, 2018 5:24 pm Date Climbed: Sep 18, 2018

White house ruins  Sucess!

Quick morning hike down to see the ruins. What little fertile soil in the area resides in that canyon. They said they were working on the invasive species issues.


tudge - May 18, 2018 11:07 am Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2017

Quick Visit  Sucess!

Camped at Spider Rock Campground where we listened to the wind and coyotes howl. Early morning hike to White House Ruins then hit the road. Definitely a spot worth visiting on a Hwy 191 drive.

T. White

T. White - Nov 10, 2017 1:20 am Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2007

Intense  Sucess!

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.

Larry Laverty

Larry Laverty - Mar 31, 2013 5:53 pm Date Climbed: Sep 23, 2005

White House Ruins  Sucess!

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.


LDuszer - Aug 6, 2012 1:27 pm Date Climbed: Mar 11, 2003

beautiful place  Sucess!

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.


Kessler - Nov 6, 2011 12:30 am Date Climbed: Mar 20, 2009

Chelly  Sucess!



Shaylee - Nov 6, 2011 12:21 am Date Climbed: Mar 20, 2009

Chelly  Sucess!



seth@LOKI - Apr 25, 2010 2:51 pm Date Climbed: Mar 20, 2008

After South America  Sucess!

Winter snow set off the views.


mountaingazelle - Nov 16, 2009 12:25 am Date Climbed: Nov 5, 2009

Canyon de Chelly  Sucess!

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.


asaking11 - Oct 22, 2009 12:40 am

With the fam  Sucess!

Went here with my family quite a while ago, such a gorgeous area.


Scott - Mar 25, 2009 6:09 pm Date Climbed: Mar 20, 2009

Canyon de Chelly  Sucess!

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.


StumblingBear - May 19, 2008 10:30 pm Date Climbed: Jun 17, 1994

Great Canyon Adventures  Sucess!

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

Sarah Simon

Sarah Simon - May 5, 2008 10:46 am Date Climbed: May 1, 2008

Down Sliding House, up Bare Rock  Sucess!

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.

Kenneth.alone - Apr 16, 2008 8:54 pm Date Climbed: Jun 4, 2007

Really a neat place  Sucess!

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.

Kenneth.alone - Apr 16, 2008 8:52 pm

Re: 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...


stepho - Jan 5, 2008 6:20 pm Date Climbed: Dec 31, 2005

Canyon de Chelly  Sucess!

Absolutely stunning. Be sure to bring your camera. Spent a few days hiking through canyons.


CBakwin - Dec 31, 2007 9:33 am

yo  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!

Dan the Jones

Dan the Jones - Jun 3, 2007 9:52 pm Date Climbed: Apr 18, 2006

Not a good place

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.


lisae - Mar 24, 2007 6:32 am

A 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.

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