Planting with students
Kindergarten students from the local Chinle Elementary School learn to plant in the demonstration garden near the Visitor Center.  Students and their families will be able to water and care for the plants all summer.  The students will then harvest the fruits and vegetables to share with their families.

Current Updates

Superintendent announces temporary closure of Canyon de Chelly NM Welcome Center
SOFO Superintendent Lyn Carranza authorized the temporary closure of the Welcome Center from Wednesday, March 9, through Friday, March 11, 2022. The Welcome Center will be closed for renovation work. Visitors are cautioned that a staging area for vehicles, dumpsters and equipment will be in front of the building.The parking lot will be open from 8:30AM to 4:30PM where restrooms, park information and staff will be available for visitors. In the event of inclement weather, visitor services will be unavailable. We apologize for any convenience this may cause.For questions about the closure, please contact the SOFO Superintendent at 928-674-5500.

News Release 3.5.22

Public Health Emergency Order No. 2022-01 - Reemphasizing "Safer at Home" Order and Addressing Travel Recommendations

The requirements of this Order may be extended or changed in a future order. These measures are intended to further ensure an effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic by restricting movement of individuals on the Nation to limit contact to prevent the spread of the virus and minimize the strain on medical response capabilities. All provisions of this Order are to be interpreted to effectuate this intent. Failure to comply with any provision of this Order constitutes an imminent threat and menace to public health. Click on link for details.

Southern Four Corners Group Is Modifying Operations in Response to Navajo Nation Public Health Order
The Southern Four Corners Group of parks - Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site, and Navajo National Monument - in response to Public Health Emergency Order No. 2021-013 issued by Navajo Department of Health, is announcing modifications to operations in compliance with COVID-19 safety protocols and applicable Public Health Orders.The group of parks are currently open, however, facilities remain closed until Monday, July 12, 2021, when SOFO will offer limited services to support reopening of the Navajo Nation. The following services and operations will be available starting July 12, 2021:

Canyon de Chelly National Monument:

  • Welcome Center and Restrooms
  • North and South Rim Drive Overlooks (except White House Overlook and Trail)
  • Picnic Area
  • The park will continue to work the Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation regarding the Cottonwood Campground, canyon tours and backcountry permits
  • WNPA Park Store

Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site:

  • Trading Post
  • Outdoor Grounds
  • Visitor Center Portable Toilets
  • WNPA Trading Post

Navajo National Monument:

  • Visitor Center and Restrooms
  • Self-Guided Trails (Sandal, Canyon View, Upper Aspen Trail)
  • Sunset View Campground
  • Picnic Area
  • WNPA Park Store

Regular business hours for the facilities will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The parks will provide limited in-person visitor information; and offer limited educational activities (hikes, walks, tours, programs). Lower Aspen Trail at Navajo National Monument is closed for safety reasons and White House Overlook and Trail at Canyon de Chelly National Monument is also closed because of safety and law enforcement concerns. Hikes to Keet Seel at Navajo National Monument will not be offered this season.

A reminder that pursuant to the Navajo Nation’s Public Health Emergency Order No. 2020-007 Mandating Use of Masks in Public due to COVID-19 is still in effect; therefore, individuals that are unvaccinated or are fully/partially vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine must continue to wear a mask in public. Access the order at
Public Health Emergency Order No. 2021-007 Mask Mandate.The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners at Southern Four Corners Group is our number one priority. The National Park Service (NPS) is working with federal, state, and the local Navajo Department of Health authorities to closely monitor COVID-19. We will provide updates on our websites and social media channels.

Please visit the official website for more updates from the Navajo Nation Government.


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Last updated: March 8, 2022

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