Anasazi Ruins

Anasazi Ruins

Canyon de Chelly has several Indian ruins and they are well protected from the tourists for obvious reasons. I was here two days and this shot is the only one where I needed a zoom lens to get “close” enough.  The Anasazi people are believed to be the first to reside in the canyon and were the builders of these dwellings.

Spider Rock

Canyon de Chelly Arizona
Canyon de Chelly Arizona

The last stop of the day was at the Spider Rock overlook.  This sandstone monolith is 800 feet tall and was the highlight of day one at Canyon de Chelly.  Tomorrow I’ll be going down into the canyon,

On Top of Canyon de Chelly

Canyon de Chelly, AZ
Canyon de Chelly Arizona

From the Painted Desert we drove to Chinle to see Canyon de Chelly.  There is a paved road that follows the north side of the canyon with several turn outs allowing opportunities to shoot from above.  This was late in the afternoon and the sun and clouds created wonderful shadows.  The photos do a very good job of representing how majestic it is but one still needs to see it first hand to fully appreciate the beauty.