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The Raw, Rugged Grandeur Of ‘Canyon de Chelly’ — “Tsegi Overlook” On The South Rim.

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Continuing the series. This is the second overlook on the South Rim — that being the more visited Rim. You can clearly see the river bed and one farm. This was was greenest part of the Canyon this year.


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The Flowers Of ‘Canyon de Chelly’ — At The “Tunnel Overlook” On The South Rim.

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Not sure what they are. I think it is some type of cacti. You can see the prickles to the side. Saw a fair bunch of these all around the Canyon.


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The Raw, Rugged Grandeur Of ‘Canyon de Chelly’ — “Tunnel Overlook” On The South Rim.

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Continuing the series. This is the first overlook on the South Rim — that being the more visited Rim. It gives you a good idea of what is to come.


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The Raw, Rugged Grandeur Of ‘Canyon de Chelly’ — The Sweep Of The Canyon From Navajo ‘Long Walk’ Monument.

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From the same vantage point, i.e., the supposed ‘Navajo Long Walk’ memorial, as yesterday’s picture, but on a wider scale. You can see both the North Rim (foreground) & South Rim (further out) roads. The river bed in the center of the picture, as I explained yesterday, is the main entrance to the Canyon.


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The Raw, Rugged Grandeur Of ‘Canyon de Chelly’ — Entrance To Canyon From Navajo ‘Long Walk’ Monument.

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Entrance to Canyon de Chelly


This is what the entrance to Canyon de Chelly looks like from across the road — from a small hill. That is how you enter the Canyon by ‘jeep‘ or horseback. You can see the tire-tracks very clearly on what is really a dried up river bed. The ‘Junction’ where the Canyon splits into North and South is about 2-miles in from here.

I took this from the supposed ‘Navajo Long Walk’ memorial. It is a small tower of stone. I was told that locals build it over time by just putting stones on top of stones. I will show you that and talk about it in another post. Check out my link for the ‘Navajo Long Walk‘. Very sad. It started pretty close to the Canyon given that the Canyon lies in the very heart of Navajo land.


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The Raw, Rugged Grandeur Of ‘Canyon de Chelly’ — Looking Out From The ‘White House’ Ruins.

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Another picture from the ‘White House’ Ruins. The ruins are to the left, behind the fence — at the back. This is looking down towards the trail (at top), the dried riverbed further to the right. On the way back I walked the riverbed. I have a video of hiking down to these ruins — the only hike you can do without a licensed Navajo guide.

P.S., Notice the unmistakable ‘Planet of the Apes‘ figure on the rock face — right in the middle.


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The Raw, Rugged Grandeur Of ‘Canyon de Chelly’ — Picture By Navajo Guide Daniel Draper.

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From Daniel Draper, the best licensed Navajo guide offering tours of the Canyon.


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The Raw, Rugged Grandeur Of ‘Canyon de Chelly’ — ‘Antelope House’ Overlook, North Rim.

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With this picture I am taking you back to the North Rim of the Canyon. This is from the ‘Antelope House’ ruin overlook. Enjoy. Check out all the other pictures. There are at least 40 (I think).


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The Raw, Rugged Grandeur Of ‘Canyon de Chelly’ — Just The Top Of ‘Spider Rock’.

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The last two posts in this month+ series on Canyon de Chelly, after our latest visit in July 2018, I have featured ‘Spider Rock‘ — the most spectacular sight at the Monument. This is a picture of its top.


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The Raw, Rugged Grandeur Of ‘Canyon de Chelly’ — ‘Spider Rock’ Artistic.

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Next to the much visited ‘White House’ ruins (the only place you can hike down to on your own without a Navajo guide), ‘Spider Rock‘ is the most iconic feature of this words-just-can’t-do-it-justice National Monument. I have posted other pictures of ‘Spider Rock‘. This was an attempt to be more creative.


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