Exploring Ancient Anasazi Ruins on Horseback in Canyon De Chelly, AZ
Our Navajo guide was an inquisitive fellow. It seems he was as interested in us as we were in him. Maybe that's because most visitors to Canyon De Chelly only peer into the multi-hued crack from a paved distance. Those who choose to envelop themselves by the canyon are quickly embraced by a humble people who are descendants of a mysterious tribe that vanished from sight in the 14th century, leaving behind a labyrinth of sandy corridors dotted with well-preserved village ruins and petroglyphs depicting scenes of carnage, ritual, and celebration. As the overhead mist turned to a cool stream, our steeds were enticed to full gallop in an exhilarating dash toward the corral. I felt the words of Clay Stone apply to me... "You come out here City Slickers. You gonna go home Cowboys!"