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Canyon de Chelly National Monument is one of America’s most-visited national monuments, spanning more than 84,000 acres throughout Navajo Nation lands near the town of Chinle. The region’s brilliantly colorful cliff walls were carved millions of years ago by streams when the region’s sea level was significantly higher, with rock formations pushed upward by land uplifts. The area has a rich indigenous history, used historically by Ancient Pueblo, Hopi, and Navajo peoples, and commemorates significant archaeological ruins of the tribes today, along with sites related to the 1805 invasion of the canyon by pioneer forces that led to the Long Walk of the Navajo. In 1931, the region was preserved as a national monument, and today, it is accessible to visitors along two loop drives that provide automobile access to a number of tourist sites.
P.O. Box 588, Chinle, AZ 86503, Phone: 928-674-5500
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