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White House Ruin Trail - Canyon de Chelly, AZ

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HAZ reminds you to respect the ruins. Please read the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 & Ruins Etiquette
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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 2.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,000 feet
Elevation Gain -500 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 5
Interest Ruins & Perennial Creek
Backpack No
Dogs not allowed
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Author joebartels
author avatar Guides 211
Routes 822
Photos 10,402
Trips 4,069 map ( 20,468 miles )
Age 49 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Navajo Nation Reservation
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Preferred   Apr, May, Sep, Oct
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  6:25am - 6:28pm
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by joebartels

Few places offer the beauty found within Canyon de Chelly. It's taken me over a year to calm down and share the experience. After years of reading books and seeing the pictures in Arizona Highways I knew someday I would go.

You can go to Sedona and be wowed by all the vibrant colors. But only here does the subtle beauty blend so perfectly with the surrounding culture. The feeling was incomparable. Was it the natives plowing their fields. Possibly the baby lamb not over eighteen inches tall playing with the children. Or walking under the canopy of trees along the most touching canyon imaginable.

Standing on the edge, the hike down first appears daunting. Fear not as most should negotiate the short descent handily. Once on the canyon floor, the trail takes you on a stroll to the ruins. Anticipation builds with each step. The payoff being a full package of wow. The massive canyon wall cuts in near the base creating a large alcove to protect the ruins.

Leave No Trace and +Add a Triplog after your hike to support this local community.

2000-01-28 joebartels
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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Navajo Nation Reservation
HAZ recommends reviewing Permits & Services to determine access. Better yet call them to verify if a permit is currently necessary for destination.

Map Drive
Paved - Car Okay

To hike
From Flagstaff go east on I-40 to Highway 191. Go north on 191 to Highway 64. Turn east and drive 2.7 miles to Canyon de Chelly National Monument. Follow South Rim Drive 6.4 miles to the White House Overlook. Park your car. Drop your jaw. Pass out from the energy zapping your body due to the sheer beauty of your surroundings.
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