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    Canyon De Chelly

    National Monument Arizona

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  • Fee Collection for Backcountry Permits

    Navajo Nation Parks & Recreation Dept (NPRD) has a new office at the Cottonwood Campground. NPRD who manages the canyon tour operations will be collecting fees for the backcountry permits starting May 1, 2014. Call NPRD at 928-674-2106 for information.

Park Events

Hiking in the canyon with a ranger


Park Rangers provide FREE activities throughout the year. Check for details at the Visitor Center. Sign up in person for hikes; 15 people maximum.

FEB - Great Backyard Bird Count; hikes offered
MAR - Archeology Month; hikes and talks offered
APR - Park's Birthday; refreshments available on April 1
APR - National Park Week; hikes and talks offered
MEMORIAL DAY TO LABOR DAY - Summer Activities begin; hikes, talk, evening programs
JUN - Treaty Day; special programs on June 1
AUG - Founder's Day; special programs on August 25
SEP - Public Land's Day; Clean up of Tsaile and Wheatfields Lake
OCT - Halloween Costume Contest; 1st to 4th place gift certificates for kids on October 31
NOV - Native American Heritage Month; click here for schedule of events

Hikes are moderately strenuous to strenuous and can involve some climbing; hiking up/down uneven slick rock; and going through sand, mud and water.
Be prepared for unpredictable weather - heat, rain, snow, duststorm; bring water, snacks, insect repellent, personal first aid kit; and wear hiking boots, hat, and dress in layers.
Do NOT attempt if you have or had recent surgery, respiratory problems, knee or back injuries, difficulty climbing stairs or fear of heights!

Did You Know?


Canyon de Chelly National Monument may close or restrict travel into the canyon due to hazardous conditions or the protection of resources. Seasonal flooding from thunderstorms and melting snow can occur. Call ahead regarding canyon conditions.