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White House Ruins Trail

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A self-guided 2.5-mile hiking trail in Canyon de Chelly.

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Beautiful trail

We walked the White House Ruins Trail in early March on a spectacular day with full sun and temps in the 70's. The lighting in the afternoon was marvelous and the plants were an... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Margo H
Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We walked the White House Ruins Trail in early March on a spectacular day with full sun and temps in the 70's. The lighting in the afternoon was marvelous and the plants were an eerie green. The trail is not difficult but it might not be for those afraid of heights. At the bottom of the canyon are the ruins... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

This trail leads 600 feet down to dwelling ruins on the canyon floor and is the only trail into the canyon that is open to the public without a Navajo guide. We visited in late August, early on a weekday morning, and there was only one other couple there. Although it was summer, the nights are cool at 6000 feet... More 

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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

I took full advantage of the part where you can actually hike down in a short time period. If time is no issue with your schedule, then you must adventure this trail. It'll take up 1-3 hours. It gives you a good perspective from the bottom.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

We were very happy to explore this Trail, it is the only one you can do without the need of a tour guide. The view, the walk, the location, the colors, all amazing and very happy to be able to explore by ourselves. Sometimes we could not find where the trail was but then we saw the path and it... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016 via mobile

700 to 800 elevation hike. Down in the canyon on the trail that is well maintained. Bring plenty of water. Service pet allowed only. There is wildlife & stray dogs. Passing private properties on the trail.

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Glendale, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

Since the sun will always be in the Southern skies the South road at Canyon De Chelly, is far better than the North road. We, wife and myself, are seniors and we no longer hike to the bottom of canyons. Sure, we'll walk down a little distance to get a better view but not into steep climbs back up. The... More 

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

We recently visited Canyon de Chelly National Monument and hiked the White House Ruins Trail. The trail is accessed at the White House Overlook which is found in the South Rim drive portion of the park. There is a large parking lot and restroom facilities at the overlook. We started around 9 am on an October weekday and the weather... More 

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Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

This is a beautiful place. The walk was a bit difficult but was well worth it. I would really recommend a late in the day walk to allow the shade to cover the trail. Or early AM. Great views and beautiful rock formations.

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Saratoga Springs, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

If you visit Canyon de Chelley and want to get off the rim and into the beautiful canyon, you have two options: a guided tour with a Dine guide or this trail. The hike is gentle if you're in reasonable shape and acclimated to higher elevations. There are steps and switchbacks and even a couple of tunnels. Once on the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

I am not in the best of shape at 65 but did fine on this trail. Someone put a lot of work in to it with stairs, erosion control and more. It is a 600 foot descent and worth arriving at the ruins on foot. It wasn't that bad coming back up. There are a lot of stairs so just... More 

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