Arizona January 16, 2017
There’s A Little Known Unique Canyon In Arizona And It’s Truly Stunning
One of the things I love most about northern Arizona are all the hidden gems sitting just out of view to the average traveler. However, if you ask around and know where to look, you can find some really cool places that most people don’t even know exists. That happens to be the case with this beautiful canyon we’re going to look at today.
Located in the high desert just east of Tuba City sits Coal Mine Canyon, a stunning find colorful spires that appear to jut from the canyon floor.
It’s an easy miss for most travelers since there are no real signs that point the way. The only real indication that the canyon is nearby is a lonely windmill nestled in the wide spaces between little houses.
However, when you do manage to find it (sometimes after driving by a couple of times), you’ll see this beauty. You can opt to admire the canyon from above or even hike down the floor with a guide.
Be careful! This area can get extremely windy so take care to not fall off the canyon's rim.
Coal Mine Canyon is known as
haa’hon’ooji’ by local Navajos, which describes the canyon’s jagged-looking hoodoos and cliffs. The English name refers to a brief mining history in the canyon when American settlers attempted to mine coal in the late 1800s.
A visit here will introduce you to some plants and animals common in the area, like Navajo tea, wild onions, rabbits, and bugs.
I used to play with these little guys as a kid by pushing them around with sticks. Just avoid getting sprayed if you get too close! ?
This is one canyon that, if you're planning to travel through the area, is well-worth a stop.
Not sure when you'll get a chance to visit? Don't worry! Check out this short video that shows off just how impressive this hidden gem really is!
Coal Mine Canyon is located approximately 16 miles east of
Tuba City via State Route 264. Since it is located within the Navajo Nation, you will need to obtain a permit to visit the canyon. Visit the Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation website for details about contacting the Cameron Visitor Center. Hikes down into the canyon can be arranged through the Hopi Tribe; visit experiencehopi.com for details.
Wow, that was one stunning place! If you want to check out another fantastic canyon that sees relatively little foot traffic, check out our article about Aravaipa Canyon in southern Arizona:
This Underrated Canyon Just Might Be The Most Beautiful Place In Arizona.