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White House Ruins Trail

Chinle, AZ
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Relatively easy trail --- only way to see the canyon floor on your own

The trail is relatively easy and well marked. Depending on your fitness level, you may find part of... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
5 traveling adults

We were somewhat in a time crunch and traveled with elderly people therefore could not make it down... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Manuela W
Gatesville, Texas, United States
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Chinle, AZ
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The trail is relatively easy and well marked. Depending on your fitness level, you may find part of it steep but it is easily doable for reasonably fit person. You see the wonderful rocks and canyon walls up-close, and the canyon bottom allows you to...More

Thank Prat97xxx
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were somewhat in a time crunch and traveled with elderly people therefore could not make it down to the ruins. However we could see them from one of the overlooks and were quite exited.

Thank Manuela W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On the way to Monument Valley we stopped here for a hike and it was so worth it. It is a must do hike, one of my all time favorites. It will take a couple of hours but you can do this unless you can...More

Thank paulhundal
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting how the trail was carved out of the rock. Not too steep but young kids may not want to hike up. Less than 3 miles round trip. We went early before the venders were set up so it was very quiet and lovely.

Thank M-K-BOregon
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We rode our horses up Canyon de Chelly and spent the afternoon with James (our guide) learning the history and his life in the canyon. Truly an amazing experience.

Thank Dwayne R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hiking the White House Trail requires a substantial amount of physical exercise as it is 1.25 miles down into the canyon followed by 1.25 miles back up to the parking lot. While some of the trail has been improves its surface is pretty rough and...More

Thank Ammochief
Reviewed 9 April 2017

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...More

Thank mjc404
Reviewed 8 April 2017

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...More

Thank JerryGowandering
Reviewed 1 April 2017

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...More

Thank 1234texas
Reviewed 9 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...More

Thank Margo H
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We plan on going to Canyon de Chelly in May 2017 - What hikes can we take guided or not for our first day? Our second day we plan on doing a 5 hour jeep tour with Beauty Way Jeep Tours. Will we be covering the same ground on our jeep tour that we would do hiking on our first day?
28 September 2016|
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Response from tgrier | Reviewed this property |
I completely agree with bsa819's comment. On your first day, you could do the White House Ruins hike in the morning. The sun from the southeast will provide nice warm light on the ruins. They are still beautiful in the... More
anita p
How much walking is there to see special things? Is there anything special with out a big walk? Yank you
14 April 2016|
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Response from Lil'Devil F | Reviewed this property |
there is limited walking, remember you are in native American reservation lands, but if you want to walk go to the end of the white ruins, is a nice hike down and you will feel the burn when you get to go back up! is worth... More
How long is the trail and what is the difference in altitude between canyon rim and canyon floor
26 July 2015|
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Response from Ray H | Reviewed this property |
It can be as high as 1,000 ft. but not where you go down. It is well worth the trip and this coming from a double hip replacement person ( April & September of 2009 ).