Northeastern Arizona’s stunning and historic canyons.

By Travel & Leisure
September 04, 2012
Canyon de Chelly by Horseback
Credit: NPS Photo

Arguably as mesmerizing as the Grand Canyon, Canyon de Chelly National Monument is one of Arizona’s most underrated treasures. For 5,000 years, the sheer cliffs have provided shelter for Navajo families, who still cultivate the canyonlands today. You can explore many of the scenic overlooks on your own, but, since a community lives here, you’ll need to go with a guide for in-depth access.

Totsonii Ranch

Book a Navajo-guided horseback trek through Totsonii Ranch; you’ll meander through Canyon de Chelly’s spectacular pair of 1,000-foot canyons.

Garcia's Restaurant

Don’t turn up your nose; The Native American fare here—which includes mutton stew and Navajo-style tacos—is authentic and delicious.

Thunderbird Lodge

The only accommodation within the park borders of Canyon de Chelly, the lodge has no-frills adobe rooms with Navajo textiles and art; the lodge offers year-round Jeep tours into the canyon.

Holiday Inn Canyon de Chelly

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