We recently made a wonderful one-week road trip through the Desert Southwest exploring some amazing landscapes including Canyon de Chelly ('shay') National Monument. This was a prominent subject of famed photographer Ansel Adams and he certainly didn't let us down! Here are some observations and tips from our time there.
Location: Chinle AZ
Max Depth: 1,000 feet (304 meters)
Timing Consideration/Tip: Visit the most dramatic points first rather than hitting each one in order. This way you see the best before running out of time or becoming hungry or fatigued. Here are the most dramatic points which tend to be the furthest from the entrance.
Overall Timing: 6-8 hours, including a meal, or you may break it up as you like.