Family hiking excursions in an under-the-radar national park.

By Travel & Leisure
September 04, 2012
Courtesy of National Park Service

This little-visited national park in northeastern Arizona has scenic gorges for hiking alongside Anasazi ruins. Not only does it encompass such fascinating dwellings, but the park is also home to Navajo families who farm the canyon. Explore the ancient dwellings on foot or arrange for a guide in advance to see the rest of the monument.

White House Ruin Overlook

The mile hike down to the intricate Anasazi ruins built high into sandstone cliffs is the only excursion through the monument that doesn’t require a Navajo escort. To explore the canyons further, arrange for a guide in advance at the visitor center.

Junction Restaurant

The restaurant serves up hearty breakfasts (try the Navajo-style huevos rancheros).

Holiday Inn Canyon de Chelly

The hotel is perfect for families with its outdoor swimming pool and restaurant where children eat free.