Welcome to Canyon de Chelly National ­Monument


Navajos arrived here in the 1700s, using it for farming and as a stronghold and retreat for their raids on other tribes and Spanish settlers; today it's administered for the tribe by the NPS. But if these cliffs could talk, they'd also tell stories of great violence and tragedy. In 1805, Spanish soldiers killed scores of Navajo hiding in what's now called Massacre Cave. In 1864 thousands of Navajos took refuge from the US Army here. Starved out, the survivors were forced to march 300 miles – the Long Walk – to Fort Sumner in New Mexico. Four years later, they returned.


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Canyon de Chelly National ­Monument in detail