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Saturday, February 21, 2009


I knew that you would love the canyon and its mystry. Can you believe car commericals were done on top of Spider Rock at one time. Try to do a guided tour of it sometime. The tour trucks are run by propane. They go through the quick sand really well when its flooded.

We absolutely loved Canyon de Chelly. We were there in the fall and the trees were beautiful and the weather perfect. It definitely has the "it" factor for us:-) We could spend a couple of weeks there just enjoying the rocks and the views. We did take an Indian guided tour which we enjoyed very much. We gained such a different perspective of the area than just driving and hiking ourselves. He explained many things about his culture and exactly how they work with the National Park Service, etc.

Go on down the road further from the campground to a unique little inn. We understand the food is excellent, but we were never there at meal time.

The dogs and horses are tribal property. They have the right to go anywhere undisturbed. The morning we started our guided tour, there were about a dozen ponies "lounging" on the motel lawn:-)

This is one of the great beautiful places we would return to often.

Howard, when we visited Canyon de Chelly we were told that Spider Woman carried naughty children away and ate them on top of her lair and that the white rock at the top was their bones.

This is one of my favorite places on earth. We have been there several times and would go back tomorrow if I could. Another must is Monument Valley not far from where you are. I just love AZ and NM.


My husband and I visited Canyon de Chelly a number of years ago. Just as we were walking out of that last long tunnel on the hike, an elderly Native American man and his wife were hiking up the trail. It was so cool! They were just typical farm people and I had the impression that they might not even speak English.

It is a beautiful spot (as is Monument Valley and the Red Rock area around Moab). We've been to them all, some of them several times and plan to go again. We love Arizona!! We've been to most of the spots you've covered on this trip.

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