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Canyon de Chelly National Monument 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 theS 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 (Kimber 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. His works.  (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:


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."

Canyon Floor Paint Out

We have arranged the opportunity to paint on the canyon floor on Saturday, April 28, 2017 from 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.

What to Do

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

Entrance Fees

There are no fees to enter the Canyon de Chelly National Park.


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

Earlier Event: March 3
Slide Rock State Park Paint Out
Later Event: October 12
Bisbee Plein Air Festival 2018