Arizona is ATV country and Canyon De Chelley is a great place to ride your machine. Canyon De Chelley is located on a National Monument site and is managed by the Forest Service.
In order to ride your ATV on these lands you must have a valid driving license, meaning ATVers under 16 can not ride these trails. You must have and show proof of liability insurance in order to ride these ATV trails. Your ATV must be street legal and include the following in order to ride on their ATV trails : rear view mirrors, horn, muffler, headlamp, tail light, stop light, license plate light. Helmets and goggles are also a requirement.
Additionally, this area is also shared with the Navajo Nation and you are bound by tribal law as well as the United States laws and regulations. The Native laws basically restrict your access to sacred lands, on your ATV or on foot; and you may not bring or use alcohol on the Native managed lands. Another interesting regulation,is if you want to ride your ATV within the Canyon itself, you must obtain the services of an authorized Navajo Guide. The guides will accompany you either on foot, horseback or in your own 4WD.
The area is very scenic. The Canyon walls extend up about 300-feet high and is made up of the beautiful, bright red rock of the area. If you look closely at many of the rocks, you will see many paintings and carvings done by ancient residents of the area.
The terrain you'll be riding your ATV upon is nearly all sand and loose rock. There are a number of cliff dwellings and many you are allowed to stop and look in and see how the indigenous people of this area lived over 1000 years ago.
A definite "must see" when you ATV this area is Antelope House. It is one of the largest ruins in the area and can be viewed from 1000-feet up on the canyon rim. This is an unusual and exciting place to ATV, be sure to make Canyon De Chelley a destination for your next Arizona ATV riding excursion!
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