Road trips from Southern California: Arizona
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4. Canyon de Chelly, Ariz.( National Park Service )
The ruins of indigenous Anasazi and Navajo tribes sit amongst distinct rock formations in Canyon de Chelly in Chinle, about 250 miles from Flagstaff. The national monument is unique: It sits entirely on Navajo Tribal Trust Land and sustains a community of Navajo people.
The taller spire of the 800-foot Spider Rock, above, is believed to be the home of Spider Grandmother, the creator of the world, according to traditional Navajo beliefs.
The elevation at the park ranges from 5,500 at the visitor center to more than 7,000 feet. Be prepared for sudden weather changes.
Visitors in 2009: 826,425
More info: http://www.nps.gov/cach