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Canyon de Chelly National Monument in Arizona TravelWise

In this month’s issue of Traveler magazine we unveil a red-white-and blue version of our October 1999 50 Places of a Lifetime concept with an issue devoted to America’s 50 must-see places. Arizona’s Canyon de Chelly National Monument made our National Wonders list. Here, we present the best links on planning every leg of your trip there—online.


Getting There
How to get to Arizona by car or plane

National Park Service
Directions to the Canyon de Chelly visitors center, with information on hours of operation and handicap accessibility
A directory with information on local airports—plus, links to information on renting a car

Making Telephone Calls
UCSD Computer and Engineering
Scroll to find telephone area codes for regions throughout the U.S.

Determining Time Difference
Information on the current time in Chinle, Arizona

Checking Weather Forecasts
Current weather conditions and next–day forecasts—plus, an online almanac that gives details on monthly temperature and rainfall averages


Where to Eat
Information on restaurants in Chinle and surrounding communities—plus, maps and driving directions to help you get there

Where to Stay
National Park Service
Camping information from the National Parks Service’s official Web site

National Parks Service
Contact information for Thunderbird Lodge, located in the Canyon
Information on hotels and motels in Chinle and surrounding communities—plus, maps and driving directions to help you get there

Information on Chinle motels—plus, online capabilities to book reservations and check airfare specials

How to Get Around
National Park Service
Where to go to download maps of Canyon de Chelly and its surrounding areas

Things to Do

Canyon de Chelly National Monument
Suggestions for activities within the Canyon, as well as contact information to arrange horse rides and jeep rentals at Thunderbird Lodge

Canyon de Chelly Tours
How to book tours led by certified Navajo guides (you must have a guide to enter the Canyon), as well as information on driving conditions and travel tips

The Great Outdoor Recreation Pages
Recommendations from the editors at GORP on the best sights and atractions to see in the Canyon
Where to look for information on guided tours

Recreational Activities
Information on recreational facilities and shopping locations in Chinle and its surrounding areas—plus, maps and driving directions to help you get there

Where to Golf
How to find the right golf course for your trip

Travel Resources

Contacting the Park
National Park Service
Information on National Parks Service contacts at Canyon de Chelly National Monument

What to Bring
Travel tips for Canyon visitors


Rough Guide
Rough Guides’ take on travel to Canyon de Chelly

SPMA Bookstore
How to shop at the Southwest Parks and Monument Association’s online bookstore

Arizona Daily Sun
The online edition of the daily Arizona Daily Sun, which offers articles on local, national, and world news

The Navajo Times
The online edition of the official newspaper of the Navajo people, The Navajo Times

Arizona Highways
Online articles on Arizona travel and lifestyle from Arizona Highways magazine
A first–person narrative of horseback riding in the Canyon

Travel Guides

For More Information
A summary of the archaeological surveys that have taken place in the monument since the 1700s
Panoramic images of Canyon de Chelly

National Park Service
Field notes from National Park Service Geological expeditions into Canyon de Chelly—plus, helpful travel information to the area


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