Thursday, May 22, 2014

Canyon de Chelly National Monument, AZ

The Canyon de Chelly National Monument encompasses a landscape in Arizona that is one of the longest continuously inhabited areas in North America. For almost 5,000 years, people have occupied these canyons on the Colorado Plateau. Even today, the Navajo families live and farm in the canyons, working together with the National Park Service - we were able to see some of the Navajo farm areas, and there were many locals selling their homemade jewelry and pottery at the scenic stops.

The national monument includes the floors and rims of three major canyons: de Chelly, del Muerto, and Monument. This area also preserves the pueblo ruins of the early indigenous tribes. The scenic outlooks were truly breathtaking. And while we didn't get very close to any of the pueblo ruins, it was definitely cool to see them from afar.

See other Arizona posts here and other National Park posts here.

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