28. Canyon de Chelly, Navajo Nation, Arizona (15 miles)Learn More
Located on tribal land in eastern Arizona, Canyon de Chelly (pronounced de shay) is one of the longest continually inhabited places in North America, going back to about 500 AD. Its 1,000-foot sandstone walls, dotted with ancient Indian pictographs, hold some 2,700 prehistoric sites, including the ruins of ancient cliff-side villages. A few Navajo families still live here, farming and raising livestock, and you’ll need to hire a Navajo guide to access the canyon. An overnight hike to Spider Rock – a towering, 800-foot red rock monolith rising out of the sandy desert floor – at the nexus of Bat and Monument Canyons, is the defining feature of a landscape very few outsiders ever get to see.
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