Visiting the overlooks on the South and North Rim Drives or hiking the White House Trail do not require a guide nor a backcountry permit.
In order to protect the park's natural and cultural resources while respecting the privacy of canyon residents, access into the backcountry areas of the park require an authorized guide and backcountry permit.
Backcountry permits are available free of charge from the Visitor Center during regular business hours only. Prior arrangements are required to obtain a permit during regular business hours for early morning or late evening tours.
OVERNIGHT BACKCOUNTRY CAMPING
No at large camping is permitted in the park. Camping without a fee, guide or permit is allowed only in the Cottonwood Campground.
In addition to hiring an authorized guide and obtaining a backcountry permit, overnight backcountry camping requires the following information to be submitted to the park: detailed itinerary, list of participants, emergency contact information, and landowner's written permission.
Large groups of 16 or more people may require a Special Use Permit. See Special Requests below.
Most special events or atypical requests held in the park require a Special Use Permit, issued only after the park determines that the activity will not cause derogation of the park's resources or values, visitor experiences, or the purpose for which the park was established.
Events such as weddings, filming, photography and large groups (overnight camping, educational, horse tours using private livestock) may be charged adminstrative fees and may require liability insurance.
To determine if a Special Use Permit is required, submit a detailed written request to the park at least two weeks in advance of the proposed activity.
HORSEBACK TOURS USING PRIVATE LIVESTOCK
In addition to hiring an authorized guide and obtaining a backcountry permit, horseback tours using private livestock requires additional information to be submitted to the park. Horses coming from outside the Navajo Nation are required to have a series of vaccinations. Proof of these vaccinations is required in order to protect local livestock from the spread of disease.
These measures will ensure minimal impact on the environment, the safety of visitors, and the privacy of canyon residents.
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.