trails, guided hikes, overnight hikes, 4-wheel drive tours
Canyon de Chelly provides countless opportunities for enjoying the natural
beauty of the area. Donations are accepted for all of the hikes, tours,
and trips listed here. Of course, many features of the Canyon may also
be viewed from several view points along the Rim Drive (see
map for overlook points).
the campground to arrange your custom southwest camping and hiking
Spider Rock Campground serves as a trailhead for a 3-mile self-guided
hike to the rim of Canyon de Chelly, overlooking Anasazi ruins in Wild
Cherry Canyon. Maps are available at the campground.
Try an 8-mile guided hike tour into the Canyon and along the bottom to
the picturesque "window" (see picture, above left), returning to the rim
by way of Grandmother's Trail -- complete with Anasazi footholds and handholds
worn into the sandstone! Any hike can be customized to include other points
of interest. Your Navajo guide will share the natural history and cultural
traditions of the region, and answer your questions about life in Canyon
backcountry camping trip
Enjoy the full Canyon experience with an overnight trek to the canyon
floor with your Navajo guide. Camp out under the stars, with a moonlit
view of the Canyon's interior.
When the moon is high, take a peaceful nighttime walk to the canyon with
a Navajo guide.
Four-wheel drive tour
A half-day guided tour takes you to the amazing Four Turkey Ruin (see
photo, above right), one of the beautifully-preserved Anasazi cliff dwellings
in Canyon de Chelly. Other destinations are available; contact the campground
for more information.
When participating in a hike or tour, be sure to come prepared! You'll
want to have plenty of drinking water, a sack lunch, camera/binoculars,
candy, comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots, sunscreen, sunglasses,
and a hat or other headcover.
Overnight backcountry campers should bring all the necessary equipment
for such a trip, including backpack, tent, sleeping bag, etc.
Want to plan a trip? Contact Howard at Spider Rock Campground - click here.