We hoped to be able to visit Canyon de Chelly (pronounced Canyon dah Shay) this trip but with the federal government shut down we weren't sure that was going to happen. Cathy, Mary's long-time girlfriend and our tour guide on this expedition, was sure that it was because there is no entrance fee and it is on a highway. She was right. The Visitor Center was closed but the roads were all open.
|Navajo people were selling their art everywhere in the park|
Canyon de Chelly National Monument is located within the boundaries of the Navajo Nation. There are ruins of early indigenous tribes that once lived in the area including the ancient Pueblo Peoples (Anasazi) and the Navajo. The National Monument was established on April 1, 1931 as a unit of the National Park Service although none of the land is federally owned.
|Mary and Cathy at one of the overlooks|
|We are standing at Spider Rock|
|Mary and Lee at Spider Rock|
|Cathy at Spider Rock|
|The Three Musketeers, Mary, Lee and Cathy|
|The White House Ruins|
|Navajo Churro Sheep on top of a monolith|
|Closeup of the Churro Sheep|