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Canyon De Chelly From Sliding House Overlook
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Nowhere in Navajoland is the blend of past tradition and present culture more evident than Canyon de Chelly National Monument. The Navajo people still have a mystical bond to this redstone canyon that cuts an almost tropical path of trees and flowers through the desert.
The ruins across the Canyon de Chelly are well named. Sliding House Overlook, particularly steep-walled and spectacular, is close to several ancient structures 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's 26-mile sheer canyon cliffs range from 30 to more than 1,000 feet, providing a spectacular backdrop for hundreds of Anasazi ruins, as well as modern Navajo homes and farms.
August 26th, 2013
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