Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a fee to enter the park?
No, the park is a non-fee area. Donations are appreciated and can be made at the visitor center.
Do I need a guide or backcountry permit for the North or South Rim Drives?
No, the North and South Rim Drives plus the White House Trail are self-guided activities you can do without a guide or backcountry permit. The rim drives and trail are open all year long.
Do I have to make reservations for the campground?
The Cottonwood Campground is now managed by the Navajo Parks and Recreation Department (NPRD). Reservations are required for group tent sites only. Individual campsites do not require a reservation. Please call NPRD directly at (928)674-2106 for camping rates and availability. Keep in mind there is limited services in the winter.
Are pets allowed in the park?
Pets on a leash are welcome on the North and South Rim Drives and in the campground. Pets are not permitted down the White House Trail or on any canyon tours, even when using your own vehicle. Exceptions are made for service animals.
Did You Know?
The name of Canyon de Chelly was derived from the misspelling and mispronunciation of the Navajo word for the canyon. The Navajos call the canyon "Tseyi" which is pronounced 'say-ee.' Eventually the word became "de Chelly" which is pronounced as 'de-shay'