The Canyon de Chelly National Monument consists of many well-preserved Anasazi ruins and spectacular sheer red cliffs
that rise up to 1000 feet. A trip to the monument offers you a chance to
learn about the Anazsazi people who lived there in ancient days as well as those who live
in the canyon today.
The Anasazi - "Ancient Ones" - who lived in this incredible canyon between 350 and 1300 AD,
resided in communities nestled below the towering cliffs or perched on high
The most impressive structures are the large cliff dwellings, built between 1100 and
1300 in the Pueblo period. The Anasazi left the area around 1300. The reason for
their disappearance is a mystery although some believe a prolonged
drought that forced them out.
An excellent way to explore this mysterious canyon is to hike the 2 mile Ruins Trail, or to enjoy a guided Jeep tour.