For an unfurgettable outing in northeastern Arizona, don't miss the Canyon de Chelly National Monument! Situated entirely on Navajo Nation land, this unique park draws travelers with its breathtaking landscape, rich history, and outdoor recreation opportunities. Whether young or old, human or canine, all visitors will appreciate the park's meandering streams, lush vegetation, and steep canyons. Bring the whole family, including your four-legged members!
There are many ways to enjoy Canyon de Chelly. If visiting the site with your canine pal, take the scenic drives to the overlooks, where furry guests are welcome as long as they are leashed. Stretching over 30 miles each, the paved North and South Rim Drives both make for puptastic driving adventures along the rocky canyons. The park recommends allotting two hours in the morning to visit the three overlooks on the North Rim Drive and two hours in the afternoon to visit the seven overlooks on the South Rim Drive. Be sure to check out the Spider Rock Overlook, which offers a pawmazing view of the 800-foot sandstone spire.
Visitors have commented that there is a lack of railings at the overlooks, so always watch your two- and four-legged children. Enjoy the puptacular scenery, but don't stand too close to the edges. Bring your binoculars for a better view! Don't forget to bring doggie waste bags as well, and scoop up whatever Fido puts down. As for human restrooms, you'll find them at some of the overlooks and at the Welcome Center. Note that the Welcome Center, White House Trail, and canyon tours are off-limits to doggos.
If you're looking for a place to spend the night, primitive campsites are available at the park's Cottonwood Campground on a first-come, first-served basis. Each site includes a picnic table and grill. There are restroom facilities and a dump station, but no hookups or showers.
No bones about it, you and your pooch are in for a pawsome experience at the Canyon de Chelly National Monument!