Things To Do

WELCOME CENTER: Begin at the Welcome Center featuring a bookstore and orientation video. Park map and information for ranger led programs are available. Welcome Center and parking lot gates close at 5:00 PM. No entrance fee.

SCENIC DRIVES: On your own, drive along two paved rim drives that lead to several overlooks which provide excellent views of the canyon below. Allow 2 hours to visit 3 overlooks on the North Rim Drive; best for morning photos. Allow 2 hours to visit 6 overlooks on the South Rim Drive; best for afternoon photos.

SELF GUIDED HIKE: WHITE HOUSE OVERLOOK AND TRAIL ARE CLOSED AT THIS TIME. On your own, drive about 6 miles up the South Rim to the one public hiking trail at the White House Overlook. Allow 2 hours round trip to hike about 600 feet down/up the switchback trail to the White House Ruin. Restrooms at overlook and bottom of trail. No pets allowed on the trail.

CANYON TOURS: Private companies offer canyon tours by hiking, horseback or vehicle. Tours into the canyon requires a backcountry permit and hiring an authorized guide. No pets allowed on tours. Contact private companies directly for arrangements from this List of Tour Companies.

RANGER LED PROGRAMS: Ranger led activities, including hikes, are generally offered from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Check at the Welcome Center for activity schedule.

CAMPING: Cottonwood Campground is managed by the Navajo Parks and Recreation Department. Nightly fee with 93 sites available first-come, first-serve. No showers or hookups. Call 928-674-2106 for more information.

Last updated: February 14, 2023

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P.O. Box 588
Chinle, AZ 86503


928 674-5500

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