Canyon De Chelly National Monument

Canyon De Chelly National Monument

Planning Your Visit

Fees & Reservations


Fees: Free!


Canyon Driving

Fees: Fee Varies

To drive on the canyon bottom, a 4-wheel drive vehicle, a Park Service permit and an authorized Navajo guide are required. The fee is $15 an hour for 1 vehicle, $5 an hour for each additional vehicle with a 5-vehicle limit per guide.

Canyon Hiking

Fees: $15/hour

Hiking within the canyon requires a Park Service permit and an authorized Navajo guide, except along the 2.5-mile (4-km) White House Ruins Trail. One guide may take up to 15 people for $15 per hour.       

Operating Hours & Seasons

The Visitor Center is open daily all year from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for Christmas Day. The North and South Rim Drives and the White House Trail remain open all year.

NOTE: From March through November, the Navajo Nation observes Mountain Daylight Savings Time. The rest of Arizona observes Mountain Standard Time all year.


Getting There

By Plane
International airports located in Phoenix, AZ (5 hours) or Albuquerque, NM (4 hours).  Municipal airports located in Flagstaff, AZ (3 hours); Farmington, NM (2 hours) and Gallup, NM (1 1/2 hours).  Local airstrip for medical transport only. 

By Car
The Visitor Center is 3 miles (4.8 km) from Route 191 in Chinle, AZ.  

From Flagstaff, AZ, take I-40 East then Hwy 191 North. 

From Gallup, NM, take Hwy 264 West then Hwy 191 North.

From Kayenta, AZ, take Route 59 Southeast then Hwy 191 South.

Other Public Transportation
Amtrak train stations and Greyhound bus stations located in Gallup, NM or Flagstaff, AZ. 

Navajo Transit System operates buses throughout the Navajo Nation.  Call 928-729-4002 for more information.