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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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This is the only access to the Canyon that can be used without a guide. The path zigzags down the side of the cliff and, at times you are walking along a narrow, unfenced ledge... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Derby, United Kingdom
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Derby, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the only access to the Canyon that can be used without a guide. The path zigzags down the side of the cliff and, at times you are walking along a narrow, unfenced ledge. Take your time over the descent and admire the stunning views which are constantly changing. At the bottom there is a short walk alongside the... More 

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Chandler, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a hike down into the Canyon to the white house ruins & some petroglyphs. The trail is well marked. The climb up is a challenge, but doable if you're in reasonably good shape (whether young or old). This is a great picture taking opportunity, but be respectful of the Canyon dwellers if they ask for no pictures of... More 

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Dripping Springs, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 206 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

All tours of the canyon require a Native American guide. The cost is very reasonable for what you get--an incredible experience in a beautiful setting that will be your year's high point! Take the full day tour--described in another site on TA. If you want to get a feel for the Canyon, this is the free way to do it.... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017

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 

Thank Margo H
Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 738 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
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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Reviewed 26 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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