Canyon de Chelly National Monument wants you to have a safe and enjoyable time while visiting the park. Please treat all the resources with care and be prepared for high desert conditions - dress in layers, check weather forecast, have drinking water, and carry food or snacks. The Navajo Nation does not always have services for cell phones, internet or GPS.
TRAVEL ON THE NAVAJO NATIONRelying on GPS or cell phones to travel across the Navajo Nation is not recommended. A current road map and planning in advance will help save you time. Stay on paved roads as many short cuts can lead to a maze of unpaved roads used by residents. Be cautious of livestock and deer on road when traveling at night. There are limited towing services and very few auto repair shops on the Navajo Nation. Check in and share your travel plans with family and friends.
DESERT SAFETYThe desert can be a harsh and unforgiving environment, especially if you are not accustomed to it. Make sure to drink plenty of water, at least a gallon per person per day. Make sure to eat during the day to help electrolyte replacement. Wear a hat, sunglasses, light clothing and comfortable shoes. Use sunscreen and avoid strenuous activities during the hottest part of the day.
FLASH FLOODSFlash floods do occur in the canyons of the park. Travel into the canyons may be restricted due to flash floods or high water levels. Even if the skies above you are clear, a storm just miles away may trigger a flash flood. Check the local weather forecast and water levels before entering the canyon at your own risk.
UNMANNED AIRCRAFT USEDrones and other aircrafts are not permitted in the park and in tribal parks such as Monument Valley Tribal Park. Please read the information about the use of unmanned aircrafts under Laws & Policies.
Last updated: May 3, 2019