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South Rim Drive

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A scenic and dramatic 36-mile drive along the 500-foot rim of Canyon de...

A scenic and dramatic 36-mile drive along the 500-foot rim of Canyon de Chelly.

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Impressive and Beautiful Views

This drive has a number of great views of Canyon de Chelly, and of course, Spyder Rock is a highlight.

Reviewed 3 days ago
Missoula, Montana
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Missoula, Montana
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This drive has a number of great views of Canyon de Chelly, and of course, Spyder Rock is a highlight.

Thank TravelTimeNow96
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It is now $ 30.00 for a pass to the park. It is good for seven days. Very windy but the canyon is always breath taking and beautiful. There have been some recent accidents so please use due diligence and common sense.

Thank Lynn L
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Worth the off the beaten path drive, easy to access, beautiful scenery and helpful natives. Affordable motel access inside the park at Thunderbird Lodge.

Thank Deb M
Derby, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are more overlooks on the south rim drive, compared with the north rim. It is a 37 mile round trip to the end of the paved road and then returning. We spent most of the day just doing this drive and stopped at every overlook. All the views are simply stunning with many of the locations being unfenced so... More 

Thank mjc404
Fort Collins, Colorado
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely views and an enjoyable drive too. Peaceful and yet you have the opportunity to buy art or beadwork or pottery too.

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Prescott, Arizona
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Canyon de Chelly is one of my favorite places on the planet and have been fortunate to visit several times. The south rim drive provides great views of the peaceful valley below. You'll love the river and agrarian settlements below these awesome valley walls. Do stop at the visitor center and obtain a pamphlet that describes all the stops and... More 

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Eugene, Oregon
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We drove the South Rim after we had completed a morning jeep tour. We were able to see parts of the Canyon where the jeep tour didn't take us. Road was nicely paved, and the look-outs were well-planned so that one could enjoy the overlooks. The only thing to look out for is range-free livestock crossing the road. Taking the... More 

Thank Hugh L
Dripping Springs, Texas
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The overlook drive is about 15 miles to Spider Rock (a highlight stop) with a number of additional stops to allow you to see the canyon--FROM ABOVE. The emphasis is that it is nothing like being in the canyon! You look down on sites that are very small--bring a good telescope if you want to see into the canyon and... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There are two roads into the Canyon and we elected to take the southern one so that we could see Spider Rock. The drive was nice and the road was in great shape. There were several good pull off areas along the drive to see different parts of the canyon. Would like to return some day and do a little... More 

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

Stop at the Information Centre and get a well organized booklet that shows the view points and gives background to geology, flora and fauna. Take your time. Up at 7000 feet, these views are inspirational

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