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Canyon de Chelly and Monument Valley Paint Out

  • Canyon de Chelly National Monument Chinle, AZ United States of America (map)

Come paint for a day, the weekend, or the whole week at one of Arizona's most beautiful places. 

For nearly 5,000 years, people have lived in these canyons - longer than anyone has lived uninterrupted anywhere on the Colorado Plateau.  In the place called Tseyi, their homes and images tell us their stories. Today, Navajo families make their homes, raise livestock, and farm the lands in these canyons. The National Park Service and Navajo Nation actively work together to manage park resources. - National Park Service


The recommended route to the park is from Highway 191 in Chinle then turning east on Route 7. The park entrance and Visitor Center is about 3 miles from Highway 191. An alternative is entering the park on the East side via Route 64. There are 3 overlooks to stop at along Route 64 before getting to the Visitor Center. Travel on Route 7 from the South East is NOT RECOMMENDED since the road is unpaved and unmaintained between Sawmill and the Spider Rock turnoff.


Where to Stay

The Paint Out Host (Kimberly Scott) will be staying at Spider Rock Campground in an RV site for the week. They also have tent sites and you can even stay in a traditional Navajo Hogan at the campground, if available.

Reservation information and rates are on their website. You may have to leave a message. Or, text Howard on his cell phone, (928) 781-2014. They do not accept credit cards and you'll be required to mail in a 50% deposit. The RV sites are $16 per night which includes water fill-up and a dump station. No electricity. Limited generator use is permitted until May 15. Tent sites are $11 per night. You have to call for rates on the hogans.

There are hotels in Chinle, Az, about two miles away. You will find all the information you need to plan your visit here:

No Alcohol Allowed on Reservation


The temperature averages from the low to mid-70s for highs and lows are in the low 40s. As for wind, Howard, from Spider Rock Campground, says it's, "One day a good hair day, the next a bad hair day. Every day is one day at a time."

Schedule of Events

April 27, 2018 - Arrive, Free Time

April 28, 2018 @ 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - INSIDE THE CANYON PAINT OUT

April 29, 2018 - Tsegi Overlook Paint Out, BYOE Potluck Cookout at night

April 30, 2018, 8:00 a.m. - Monument Valley Paint Out

May 1, 2018 - 8:00 a.m. - Spider Rock Overlook Paint Out

May 2, 2018 - 8:00 a.m. - Wild Card Paint Out (to be determined)

Afternoon Paint Outs by consensus or can be used as free time to paint where you wish.

May 3, 2018 - Go Home

Canyon Floor Paint Out

We have arranged the opportunity to paint on the canyon floor on Saturday, April 28, 2017, from approximately 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $100 per person for the 5 hours, paid in cash to our Navajo tour guide at the canyon, plus $2.00 per person canyon entrance fee. That goes to the park service. 

COOKOUT - Sunday, April 29, 2018

A BYO-Everything cookout will be held on Sunday. Location and time to be announced.

MONUMENT VALLEY - Monday, April 30, 2018

Monument Valley is about 1.5 hours north of Canyon de Chelly. We'll drive up in the morning and spend the day painting there.

What to Do

When you're not painting, there are many other things you can do during your stay. Here are some examples, along with suggested activities within your time limits.

Entrance Fees

There are no fees to enter the Canyon de Chelly National Park. There is a $2.00 fee to enter the canyon in addition to the guide's fees.


There is no cost to attend this event. It has been arranged as a public service to artists everywhere. You are, however, responsible for your own food, travel, lodging, and guide fees.

Attendance is at your own risk.

Please, contact us here or call 602-730-0473 with any questions. 

We hope you'll join us for this amazing adventure!

Earlier Event: April 21
Encanto Park Paint Out
Later Event: April 28
Hassayampa River Preserve Paint Out