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Collection: Arizona National Monuments
Canyon de Chelly National Monument was established in 1931 as a unit of the National Park Service. It is located in northeastern Arizona within the boundaries of the Navajo Nation. Reflecting one of the longest continuously inhabited landscapes of North America, it preserves ruins of the early tribes that lived in the area, including the Anasazi and Navajo. The monument covers 84,000 acres and encompasses the floors and rims of the three major canyons: de Chelly, del Muerto, and Monument. These canyons were cut by streams with headwaters in the Chuska mountains just to the east of the monument. Canyon de Chelly National Monument was recognized as one of the most-visited national monuments in the United States.