Our West Coast Adventures during 2013 travel blog

Inside Canyon de Chelly

Inside Canyon de Chelly

Inside Canyon de Chelly

Inside Canyon de Chelly

Inside Canyon de Chelly

Inside Canyon de Chelly

Inside Canyon de Chelly

Inside Canyon de Chelly

Inside Canyon de Chelly

Inside Canyon de Chelly

Inside Canyon de Chelly

Inside Canyon de Chelly

Inside Canyon de Chelly

Inside Canyon de Chelly

Inside Canyon de Chelly

Inside Canyon de Chelly

Inside Canyon de Chelly

Inside Canyon de Chelly

Inside Canyon de Chelly

Inside Canyon de Chelly

Inside Canyon de Chelly

Inside Canyon de Chelly

Inside Canyon de Chelly

Inside Canyon de Chelly

Inside Canyon de Chelly

Inside Canyon de Chelly

Inside Canyon de Chelly

Inside Canyon de Chelly

Inside Canyon de Chelly

Inside Canyon de Chelly

Inside Canyon de Chelly

Inside Canyon de Chelly

Inside Canyon de Chelly

Inside Canyon de Chelly

Inside Canyon de Chelly

Inside Canyon de Chelly - Antelope House

Inside Canyon de Chelly - Antelope House

Inside Canyon de Chelly - Antelope House

Inside Canyon de Chelly - Antelope House

Inside Canyon de Chelly - Antelope House

Inside Canyon de Chelly - Antelope House

Inside Canyon de Chelly - Antelope House

Inside Canyon de Chelly - Antelope House

Inside Canyon de Chelly - Antelope House

Inside CInside Canyon de Chelly - Antelope House

Inside Canyon de Chelly - Antelope House

Inside Canyon de Chelly

Inside Canyon de Chelly

Inside Canyon de Chelly

Inside Canyon de Chelly

Inside Canyon de Chelly

Thunderbird Lodge - Canyon de Chelly

Thunderbird Lodge - Canyon de Chelly

Thunderbird Lodge - Canyon de Chelly

Thunderbird Lodge - Canyon de Chelly

Thunderbird Lodge - Canyon de Chelly

Thunderbird Lodge - Canyon de Chelly

Thunderbird Lodge - Canyon de Chelly

Thunderbird Lodge - Canyon de Chelly


After seeing the beauty of Canyon de Chelly and it amazing indian ruins from the north and south rims, we decided to take a jeep tour of the canyon. There are over 80 Navajo families that still farm in the canyon during the spring, summer and fall. DJ our Navajo guide family owns land in the canyon. Even though the Canyon de Chelly is on Navajo Reservation, the Native American Indian Ruins within the canyon are protects by the National Park Service and are preserved by them. We saw indian ruins you could not see from the rim and we went to the Antelope House Ruin on land owned by the owners of the tour company. We were able to see some of the best Petroglyphs (Petroglyphs (also called rock engravings) are pictogram and logogram images created by removing part of a rock surface by incising, picking, carving, and abrading) and Pictographs (A pictogram, also called a pictogramme or pictograph is an ideogram that conveys its meaning through its pictorial resemblance to a physical object. Pictographs are often used in writing and graphic systems in which the characters are to a considerable extent pictorial in appearance. Pictography is a form of writing which uses representational, pictorial drawings. It is a basis of cuneiform and, to some extent, hieroglyphic writing, which also uses drawings as phonetic letters or determinative rhymes). Some of the Pictographs are an outline of a hand made by blowing paint through a reed over a hand placed against the wall, it is called a "Ghost Hand" it indicates that someone is buried below on the canyon floor. What a wonderful adventure!!

We stopped at the Thunderbird lodge, a wonderful lodge and restaurant near our RV site.



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