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.

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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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