White House Ruin

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South Rim Overlook, Canyon de Chelly National Monument, USA

White House Ruin Canyon de Chelly National Monument Reviews

Africancrab Africanc…
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800 Year old Village Ruin that housed nearly 100 people Jun 10, 2011
This is the only one of the ruins you can get close to without taking a guided tour, as the one open trail crosses the canyon from White House Overlook to the ruin on the opposite side. This is a highly recommended hike that anyone can do including children as long as they are kept hydrated. We did not budget or time well so we were unable to hike down and back up before sunset. In it’s heyday the white house, formerly village that housed nearly a hundred people is at least 800 years old.

From a distance through the powerful lens of my Nikon D3100, I was able to see the roves of the lower buildings.. The people who lived here were farmers, growing their crops on the Canyon floor much as the Navajo do today, although unlike them they would not have had domesticated animals such as sheep, as these were only introduced by the Spanish. If you choose to hike to the ruins allow at least 2 hours to and fro since the round trip is about a couple or so miles with an elevation change of about 500 ft.

PS: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain
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Africancrab says:
Yes, that was interesting to learn.Reminds me of tribal conflicts back in Africa.
Posted on: Jun 19, 2011
Mark184 says:
Apparently the Navajo and Hopi both claim them as ancestors, so there's friction between the two tribes regarding the ruins and reservations.
Posted on: Jun 18, 2011
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