GPS and cell phone services are unreliable throughout the Navajo Nation.
Use only the recommended route to enter the park and stay on paved roads.
The RECOMMENDED route to the park is from Highway 191 in Chinle then turning east on Route 7. The park entrance and Welcome Center is less than 3 miles from Highway 191.
An ALTERNATIVE route is entering the park from the east via Route 64 from Tsaile, AZ. There are 3 overlooks to stop at along Route 64 before getting to the Welcome Center.
DO NOT use Route 7 from the EAST to enter the park. This road is unpaved and unmaintained between Sawmill and the Spider Rock turnoff. Using this road may lead to being lost and stranded without cell phone signal.
GETTING TO THE PARKBy Car
The Welcome Center is about 3 miles (4.8 km) from Highway 191 in Chinle, AZ.
From Flagstaff, AZ, take I-40 EAST then Highway 191 NORTH.
From Gallup, NM, take Highway 264 WEST then Highway 191 NORTH.
From Kayenta, AZ, take Route 59 SOUTHEAST then Highway 191 SOUTH.
International airports located in Phoenix, AZ (5 hours) or Albuquerque, NM (4 hours).
Municipal airports located in Flagstaff, AZ (3 hours); Farmington, NM (2 hours) and Gallup, NM (1.5 hours).
Local airstrip is for medical transports only.
Amtrak train stations and Greyhound bus stations located in Gallup, NM or Flagstaff, AZ.
Navajo Transit System operates buses through the Navajo Nation. Call 928-729-4002 for more information.
Last updated: July 12, 2021