Canyon de Chelly, Chinle, Arizona

After Monument Valley, I headed for Canyon de Chelly National Monument in Chinle, Arizona. I stayed at the Holiday Inn, which was not far from the Canyon de Chelly Visitor Center.

At the visitor center, I picked up a route map and headed off along the South Rim Drive. Since I had not been to Canyon de Chelly before, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I drove to Spider Rock, which is at the end of the South Rim Drive, and then stopped at as many overlooks on the way back as time permitted.

The highlight of the South Rim Drive route is spotting all the dwellings on the face of the canyon walls.

In the absence of binoculars, I just used the long-end of the zoom lens. To get a closer look, you need to take a guided tour in the canyon floor.

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