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.
There are several ways to see Canyon de Chelly. There is a choice of north or south rim trails from which one can stop at 10 overlooks with views of the ruins and natural features. There is also a hike trail, White House Trail, that goes to the famous cliff dwelling of the same name that is fairly easy and open without a guide. Other hikes and jeep trips are available with contracted transportation and guides. Inquire at the visitor center.
Also available is a campground, free and first come first serve, and the Thunderbird lodge, a tribal operated commercial motel/restaurant.