Inland Crossing

Mummy Cave Overlook

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Mummy Cave ruins


A broader perspective shows the ruins situated 300′ above the valley floor. Still an impressive amount of rock overhead as well.

Mummy Cave Overlook was our first stop along the north rim of Canyon de Chelly. Mummy Cave represents the largest ancient Puebloan village preserved in the Canyon. The village ruins, comprised of some 70 rooms, are situated about 300 feet above the floor of the canyon floor in a large domed cavern overlooking the valley. According to the National Park Service, the east and west alcoves contain living and ceremonial rooms, and the walls are decorated with white and pale green plaster. The overlook provides a strategic location from which to photograph the ruins. You’ll use your wide angle lenses to capture the formations and the valley, and you’ll want a good telephoto to bring in the details of the ruins. The caves take their name from the discovery of two mummified bodies discovered wrapped in yucca plant fiber by an expedition in 1882.

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A wider photograph of the formations include the valley floor and the trails used to drive or hike to the ruins.


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