Business Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm | Lunch: Noon – 1:00 pm | Closed for Federal & Tribal Holidays

Gateway to Canyon de Chelly National Monument

The Navajo people call this area Ch’ini’li which means “where the water flows out” to describe the location of the water flowing out from Canyon de Chelly. The Chinle community is situated in the center of the Navajo Nation and was established after the Navajo people returned from the Long Walk when thousands of Navajos were forced from their homes to march over 300 miles to Ft. Sumner, New Mexico. After the Treaty of 1868 was signed, Navajos returned to their homelands and many families came back to this area.

Missions, schools, and trading posts were established to help Navajos adjust to a new way of life. Chinle became a major trading center with the canyon attracting visitors from around the world. Thunderbird Lodge was the first trading post, Lady of Fatima Catholic Church was the first mission and Chinle Boarding School was the first school.

We welcome visitors from far and near who come to see the breathtaking views of the canyon or come to seek the services provided in Chinle.

Chinle serves as the Gateway to Canyon de Chelly where the canyon has provided food, water and shelter for groups of people for over 5,000 years including Archaic, Basketmakers, Ancestral Puebloans, and Hopi. Today, about 40 Navajo families live and farm in the canyons which limits access into the area. Nearly 84,000 acres of tribal lands were established as Canyon de Chelly National Monument under the National Park Service by President Herbert Hoover on February 1, 1931. To better manage the park, the National Park Service is working with the Navajo Nation, Bureau of Indian Affairs and other stakeholders to establish a cooperative management agreement.

Spider Rock is one of the most notable areas in the park. A Welcome Center is located at the entrance of the park featuring maps and a bookstore. As a non-fee park, the scenic drives are open year round. Please note that the White House Overlook and Trail are closed until further notice. We welcome you to our community.

Announcements

January 2022

All Meeting On-Line Only

01/24/22 @ 5:00PM = Regular Meeting

https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/914907957

one touch: tel: +1 9(480)650-3123

ACCESS CODE: 914-907-957

February 2022

On-Line Only

  • 02/07/22@ 5:30PM = Planning Meeting
  • 02/22/22@ (as Monday is Hoilday)

March 2022

 

On Line Only

  • 03/07/2022@ 5:30= Planning Meeting
  • 03/31/2022 @ 5:30PM = Regular Meeting

April 2022

  • On Line Only
  • 04/4/2022 @ 5:30PM = Planning Meeting
  • 04/19/2022 @ 5:30PM = Regular Meeting

May 2022

 

  • 05/02/2022@ 5:30PM = Planning Meeting
  • 05/16/2022 @ 5:30PM = Regular Meeting

June 2022

  • 06/06/2022 @ 5:30PM = Planning Meeting
  • 06/16/2022 @ 5:30PM = Regular Meeting

July 2022

 

  • 07/5/2022@ 5:30pm Planning Meeting
  • 07/18/2022 @ 5:30PM = Regular Meeting

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