Canyon de Chelly 2007

Past or present, share your outdoor adventure reports with us here. We want to read all about them. Share pictures, videos, etc.
Post Reply
User avatar
DaveK
Site Admin
Posts: 3472
Joined: Tue Mar 11, 2008 10:33 am
Call Sign: K6DTK
Location: Southern California

Canyon de Chelly 2007

#1

Post by DaveK » Wed Mar 19, 2008 9:16 pm

Not long ago we visited Canyon de Chelly in Arizona on the Navajo Indian Reservation. Canyon de Chelly is in the northeastern most corner of Arizona. If you go off the main paved roads you must have a Navajo guide.

Our trip had been planned for quite a while and there was a somewhat diverse group that was going. Despite my best efforts, I couldn't make it a strict wheelin' trip. We had to blend in some fishing, shopping and late sleep-ins. I checked out several guides and did a lot of research on the area. We had done a trip like this some years back to Monument Valley, so I knew basically what I wanted. We specified all 4WD trails and requested that we wanted to get as much cultural information as sightseeing. Our guide delivered. 4WD is not necessary but as the roads were somewhat muddy, it was helpful.

For some in the group, this was just a "whet your whistle tour". We will be going back again, this time with more of a 4WD focus and I may do a little hunting also. Be careful when you go. Up until about late March, temps are WAY below freezing during the night and sometimes the day. Summer gets very hot. We planned this trip for spring so as to have water in the streams and comfortable temps. We were mostly successful. There are many areas to explore outside the Monument and a good trip requires at least 4-7 days. If you take the kids, buy earplugs.
Attachments
CANYON DE CHELLY #3  A510 003 (Medium).jpg
CANYON DE CHELLY #3 A510 003 (Medium).jpg (69.23 KiB) Viewed 3100 times
CANYON DE CHELLY #2 REBBEL XT 263 (Medium).jpg
CANYON DE CHELLY #2 REBBEL XT 263 (Medium).jpg (89.07 KiB) Viewed 3099 times
IMG_0233 (Medium).JPG
IMG_0233 (Medium).JPG (81.29 KiB) Viewed 3099 times
20700013 (Medium).jpg
20700013 (Medium).jpg (113.99 KiB) Viewed 3098 times
IMG_0323 (Medium).JPG
IMG_0323 (Medium).JPG (80.22 KiB) Viewed 3096 times
20700016 (Medium).jpg
20700016 (Medium).jpg (97.55 KiB) Viewed 3096 times
20700012 (Medium).jpg
20700012 (Medium).jpg (95.82 KiB) Viewed 3095 times
IMG_0354 (Medium).JPG
IMG_0354 (Medium).JPG (86.17 KiB) Viewed 3092 times
20700005 (Medium).jpg
20700005 (Medium).jpg (87 KiB) Viewed 3091 times
IMG_0389 (Medium).JPG
IMG_0389 (Medium).JPG (74.11 KiB) Viewed 3092 times
DaveK
K6DTK


Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.
Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.

User avatar
FlyingWil
Posts: 92
Joined: Wed May 07, 2008 7:51 pm
Location: Mesa, AZ
Contact:

Re: Canyon de Chelly 2007

#2

Post by FlyingWil » Thu May 08, 2008 8:35 pm

Looks like loads of fun.

The question I see the most on posts similar to this is where to find a guide. Care to explain how you found the guide for your trip?
-Wil

Image
Sierra Expeditions
866-507-4254

User avatar
DaveK
Site Admin
Posts: 3472
Joined: Tue Mar 11, 2008 10:33 am
Call Sign: K6DTK
Location: Southern California

Re: Canyon de Chelly 2007

#3

Post by DaveK » Thu May 08, 2008 10:53 pm

FlyingWil wrote:Looks like loads of fun.

The question I see the most on posts similar to this is where to find a guide. Care to explain how you found the guide for your trip?
A whole lot of research and some good luck. I talked to many guides before I selected ours and it all paid off. It didn't hurt that this particular guide was identified in a write up of CDC in the Arizona Highways magazine, to which I subscribe and which is a tremendously rich source for outdoor adventure ideas. We had enough people in our group to allow us to have three days of custom guided tours of CDC. We shall return again soon and, without hesitation, I will call this same guide. If you are going soon, let me know and I will give you his info.
DaveK
K6DTK


Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.
Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.

SteveS
Posts: 43
Joined: Thu Apr 24, 2008 7:52 pm
Call Sign: kf6ysb

Re: Canyon de Chelly 2007

#4

Post by SteveS » Fri May 09, 2008 9:42 am

DaveK wrote:Despite my best efforts, I couldn't make it a strict wheelin' trip. We had to blend in some fishing, shopping and late sleep-ins.

Doing the basic tourist stuff never hurts sometimes, helps us appreciate the backcountry travel. :D

That is such a wonderful area with geology, scenery, and the contrast between present and past is a must see, even from a sports car.

Sounds like you have some knowledge of guides. Is there bad ones? I’ve only had interaction with a few, but they have been GREAT people who have very interesting answers, stories, and knowledge of everything in the area.

I was up there in 06 and the park still had the canyon rd to Spider Rock closed, is that still the case?

Of course the drive up Canyon Del Muerto is a full day IMHO and well worth a drive to that part of Az by itself.

Someone on another site posted a trip report about Dragoon Mtns in Az which I like the history better, but the 4 corners is the only place to get a GOOD Navajo Taco. 8-)

User avatar
DaveK
Site Admin
Posts: 3472
Joined: Tue Mar 11, 2008 10:33 am
Call Sign: K6DTK
Location: Southern California

Re: Canyon de Chelly 2007

#5

Post by DaveK » Sat May 10, 2008 9:54 pm

SteveS wrote:Sounds like you have some knowledge of guides. Is there bad ones? I’ve only had interaction with a few, but they have been GREAT people who have very interesting answers, stories, and knowledge of everything in the area.

I was up there in 06 and the park still had the canyon rd to Spider Rock closed, is that still the case?

I'm sure, like anything else, there are some guides that are not the best. I've not heard of any bad ones and, like you, we found the people to be great.

Regarding Spider Rock,it was open but the road was sorta washed out. We wished we had camped there.
DaveK
K6DTK


Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.
Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.

User avatar
Arkarch
Posts: 109
Joined: Sun May 25, 2008 10:20 pm
Call Sign: KF6VOM
Location: Las Vegas NV
Contact:

Re: Canyon de Chelly 2007

#6

Post by Arkarch » Sun May 25, 2008 11:46 pm

Thank-you for the pix.... I came past there last week on the 191. No more than a break at Chinle - but I did see it on the maps. Might have to mark this as an opportunity in the future. I am guessing camping is really the only viable option.. I did not see much in the way of lodging around there.
2009 VR6 Alaska Gray VW Touareg + BFG 265/70/17's + Air Lift + 1 Locker
2006 V6 Colorado Red VW Touareg (Retired)
Images - http://picasaweb.google.com/KF6VOM

User avatar
DaveK
Site Admin
Posts: 3472
Joined: Tue Mar 11, 2008 10:33 am
Call Sign: K6DTK
Location: Southern California

Re: Canyon de Chelly 2007

#7

Post by DaveK » Mon May 26, 2008 8:34 pm

Plenty of rooms in Chinle. Camping gives you a much better chance to connect with the adventure and the people. Hotels may be the only way for some to experience the Navajo Nation. With the right guide though, you can wander quite a distance from hotels and then camping is the only real alternative. We camped and did not want for comforts including hot showers, warm fires and great company. When time permits, it will happen again!
DaveK
K6DTK


Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.
Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.

Post Reply

Return to “TRAIL RUN REPORTS”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests