Canyon de Chelly–Day 1

Monday, March 16, 2015

imageArrived at the campground around 3 pm and got set up and then headed out to the south rim of the canyon to get photos of the canyon in the late afternoon.

The south rim of the Canyon de Chelly is 18 miles in length and with the return drive, it is a total of 36 miles.  Along the rim, they have turnouts where you can stop and take photos.

 

 

This is an example of a Pueblo hut they had at the entrance near the visitor center.

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This is the Tsegi Overlook.  First one looking to the west and the second toward the east.  Trees definitely do not add any greenery to the scene.  Very brown and drab colored.

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Junction Overlook.

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White House Overlook.

If you look off my right shoulder you will see some ruins in the dark area and below the dark area.  There is a 1 1/2 mile trail that goes down the canyon to those ruins.  This is the only trail allowed to travel without paying for a guide.  Tomorrow, I will walk that trail and take photos of those ruins close up.

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Face Rock Overlook.

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Spider Rock Overlook.

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Unfortunately, I cannot get the true look with the correct depth, but you get the idea that the canyon is very deep.  Time to call it a long day.

See you later.

7 comments:

  1. Are you shipping my horse home? Where'd the horse come from? There were a lot of beautiful canyon pictures there. I liked the "teapot lids." They looked like they might slide off! You must have caught the rock formation in just the right light. The shadow it through looked like a dinosaur...or something similar. I think you did a good job of representing the depth of the canyon.

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    1. Thanks, Dolly. The horse is just roaming around the campground. I will tie him to the back of the motorhome and bring him home.

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  2. Another place I'm looking forward to seeing - those reds are amazing!! Is Yuma allowed on the trail down to the ruins?

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    1. Thanks, Jodee. Unfortunately, Yuma had to stay in the motorhome while I hiked. No pets allowed. And as dangerous as the trail was, I agree with them on this one.

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  3. Doug, you should see some gorgeous colors early morning or late afternoon. I see you already have a horse near your truck! Lots of Indian ponies around the road to the canyon. Have fun and enjoy the scenery!

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    1. Good morning Cheryl Ann. All the photos but the last three were taken from about 3:30 to 4:30 with bright afternoon sunlight. The last three I had to go back the next day around 3:00, because shadows were covering the bottom portions of the pinnacles. Those three came out darker red because there were clouds partially covering the sun, making the scenery look darker.

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  4. I love the stories the Indians tell of the Canyon and especially Spider Rock. I'm really enjoying your posts.

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