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.
GETTING TO THE PARK
NOTE: Indian Route 7 is not recommended; the road is partially unpaved and unmaintained. GPS units and cell phone services are unreliable.
From Flagstaff, AZ, take I-40 East then Hwy 191 North.
From Gallup, NM, take Hwy 264 West then Hwy 191 North.
From Kayenta, AZ, take Route 59 Southeast then Hwy 191 South.
International airports located in Phoenix, AZ (5 hours) or Albuquerque, NM (4 hours). Municipal airports located in Flagstaff, AZ (3 hours); Farmington, NM (2 hours) and Gallup, NM (1 1/2 hours). Local airstrip for medical transport only.
Other Public Transportation
Navajo Transit System operates buses throughout the Navajo Nation. Call 928-729-4002 for more information.
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'