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Tunnel Trail - Canyon de Chelly, AZ
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Tunnel Trail - Canyon de Chelly, AZ 
Tunnel Trail - Canyon de Chelly, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 26 2017
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Hiking3.50 Miles 850 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   4 Hrs      0.88 mph
850 ft AEG
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This was a guided hike into the canyon with a Navajo guide from Ancient Canyon Tours. I jumped in last minute and felt a bit like a third wheel as the other two participants on the tour were a couple and were clearly expecting to have the trip to themselves. It probably helped that my presence reduced the price for them, as it's a flat per-hour-per-guide rate.

We hiked in on the "Tunnel Trail" from the first vista you encounter on the South Rim drive. We descended through a narrow side canyon with occasional help from metal railings and stairs. The route was easy and pretty, with some fun little narrows to walk through. Once we got to the main canyon floor, it was smooth, flat walking across fields and pastures to the water. We followed the creek a little less than a mile upstream, visiting a couple of glyph panels and First Ruin. On our way back we saw another glyph site, this one depicting Spanish explorers/soldiers on horses. Pretty cool.

Walking the canyon bottom was peaceful and beautiful. I can see myself wandering among the ruins and rock art for days. Contemplating going back for a multi-day adventure camping somewhere at the bottom of the canyon.
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