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Canyon De Chelly From Sliding House Overlook
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There are ten named overlooks in Canyon de Chelly National Monument, either right beside the road or along short trails; seven of Canyon de Chelly along the South Rim Drive and the other three of Canyon del Muerto along the North Rim Drive.
Although broadly similar, each overlook offers somewhat different views, of distant ruins, rock formations and junctions with tributary canyons, so all are worth a visit. Apart from White House Ruins, the ancient sites along the north rim are larger and more intricate. A leisurely drive along both rims, stopping at all viewpoints, takes about four hours.
Reached by a side road, Sliding House Overlook is close to several ancient structures, most visibly Sliding House Ruin, a medium-sized site in a shady alcove, built on a sloping surface and giving the appearance of sliding downwards. The overlook is situated on a projecting section of the canyon rim edged by sheer cliffs on three sides, and so allows different views from each edge. Canyon de Chelly hereabouts is particularly steep-walled and spectacular.
September 7th, 2013
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