Inland Crossing

Spider Rock

IMG_0524We arrived at Spider Rock at Canyon de Chelly later in the afternoon than what I would have preferred, given the changing sun angles. Already much of the rock was in shadow, and the pictures I was anticipating weren’t possible. Nevertheless, Spider Rock is an impressive site.

Spider Rock is a red-sandstone spire that has withstood the erosion that has weathered away surrounding rock. It’s an 800-foot spire that stands between the canyon’s walls and is one of the iconic features of the National Monument.


According to Navajo legend, it’s also the home of the mythical Spider Woman, who has chosen its pinnacle as her home. She is accompanied by a companion spirit in an adjacent spire known as Speaking Rock. Together, they stand in the valley between the walls of the canyon and greet visitors. There are a number of tales about her powers to be found on the web, and make for interesting reading.

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