Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a fee to enter the park?
No, the park is a non-fee area. Donations are greatly appreciated and can be made at the Welcome Center. Expect fees for the Cottonwood Campground, canyon tours and backcountry permits.

Do I need a guide or permit for the Rim Drives?
No, driving to the overlooks on the rim drives is a self-guided activity that does not require a fee, guide or permit. Roads to the overlooks are paved. The rim drives are open all year long.

Where are the restrooms located in the park?
Public restrooms are located at the Welcome Center. Waterless facilities are available at Antelope House Overlook (North Rim); and at 3 locations inside the canyon (Ledge Ruin, Antelope House Ruin and White House Ruin). Restrooms on rim drives are maintained by the Navajo Parks and Recreation Department (NPRD). Restrooms on the rim and in the canyon may be closed for the winter.

Do I need reservations for the campground?
No, the Navajo Parks and Recreation Department (NPRD) operates the Cottonwood Campground with campsites on a first-come, first-serve basis. Group campsites available. Call NPRD at 928-674-2106 for nightly fee and availability.

Are hookups available in the campground?
No, hookups or showers are NOT available. Each campsite has a picnic table and grill. Dumpstation and water available. Limited services in the winter.

Are public showers available?
Yes, showers are available Monday thru Friday at the Chinle Chapter House across the Chevron gas station. Call 928-674-2052 for details.

Are pets allowed in the park?
Yes, pets on a leash are welcome at the overlooks and in the campground. Pets are not permitted in the Welcome Center or on canyon tours. Call the hotels ahead of time and ask about pet policies.

Can I drive off-road on my own?
No, the dirt roads on the Navajo Nation are used by residents to access their homesites or grazing areas. There are no public recreational areas for off-road vehicles, dirt bikes, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), utility terrain vehicles (UTVs) or bicycles. There are no established areas in the park for off-road travel. Travel into the canyon can be arranged through an approved and registered tour company.

What should I know before visiting the Navajo Nation?
  • If you have specific questions, please call and ask.
  • Be aware of rules and regulations for outdoor activities, commercial filming or photography, or special events when planning to visit tribal lands.
  • Stay on paved roads and take recommended routes only.
  • Do not rely on GPS or cell phone services. Use a current road map.
  • Many roads are open range. Watch for animals on road especially at night.
  • Rock climbing, base jumping or scattering of ashes are not permitted on tribal lands.
  • Use of drones are NOT permitted inside National Parks.
  • Visit the website for information about other areas around the Navajo Nation.

Last updated: February 14, 2023

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