There are few places in the U.S.A. that, like the Canyon de Chelly, are both a national monument of Indian culture and at the same time, contain a magnificent rocky landscape that attracts the serious as well as the most casual lover of nature.
The nature reservation’s rocky terrain is formed by two long arms of land that consist of the southern Canyon de Chelly and the northern Canyon del Muerto. This rocky landscape is located in the northeast of Arizona and in the middle of Dinétah´s heart, ancient Navajo Indian territory that today contains their reservation.
Since the beginning of the 11th century, during the most important time of their culture, the Anasazi Indians built dwellings in numerous locations of the river valley.
One of the most popular and historic rock settlements and archaeological areas of the Canyon is the White House, thus named due to its stark, bright appearance. These buildings are remarkable architectural examples that date back to the historical epoch of the Pueblo Tribe, between the 12th and 14th centuries.
An array of smooth, eroded sandstone walls decorate each of the reservation’s valleys. However, although less frequent, more spectacular are the free standing rocky peaks such as Spider Rock.
Such impressive moments reveal the magnificent beauty of the Canyon de Chelly, the sacred territory of the Navajo Indians and in the bright, burning glow of sunset, both sky and earth become as one.