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Coal Mine Canyon

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Address: Az Hwy 264, 15 miles south-east of Tuba City, Tuba City, AZ
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Ethereal, Beautiful, Worth a Visit

As many previous reviewers have noted, you won't be disappointed by this wonderful "little" canyon. Follow the directions given (head straight toward the windmill with the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Albert A
Greenwood Village, Colorado
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Greenwood Village, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As many previous reviewers have noted, you won't be disappointed by this wonderful "little" canyon. Follow the directions given (head straight toward the windmill with the concrete towers just past mm137. It's easy to lose faith, but the drive is easy enough (not so in mud, I'm guessing) even for 2wd, and not very long. Look for the old, Dali-esque... More 

Thank Albert A
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Loved going here, its spectacular looking. Added bonus is that there were no other people there. Its quiet and clean, and really peaceful.

Thank Akiko J
Tubac, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I know a lot of people say this canyon is free, but you are supposed to pay for a permit to visit. Could you get away without paying? Sure, but I think the right thing to do is pay. It is well worth the money anyway.

Thank nacuna82
Phoenix, Arizona
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3 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I agree with everything other travelers have said about Coal Mine Canyon. It's amazing, unique, and secluded as all get out; a wonderful experience for anyone touring the area. I've noticed that a number of posts in this forum have made a point of saying that a visit to this place is "free"? I hate to be the bearer of... More 

1 Thank RCQuinn2013
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

We drove there, and found the entrance a little muddy and slippery, so we did not drive down into the canyon, maybe on a dry day we will try it again.

Thank Mary Ellen Z
Silverthorne, Colorado
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181 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Fantastic views of hoo doos and the canyon. It's hard to find and you really need to know where you are going. there are a few Navajo living out there, so do not trespass.

3 Thank cheribree2016
Arlington, Texas
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309 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 209 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

We followed the directions of others on Trip Advisor and found the canyon. Going south from Tuba City we saw one sign some distance before the exit - but nothing further near the place where you exit to reach the canyon. Looking left for the large windmill with two concrete water tanks under it is the key. There is a... More 

6 Thank CrankyOldGuy
United States
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

Magnificent ! To visit the Hopi side you must have a guide, to visit the Navajo side you may purchase a permit. It's a little off the beaten path but well worth it.

Thank ataman2
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

The colors were magnificent! So many earthtones. Highly recommend walking out on some of the limestone to see and experience the depth and breadth of this magnificent canyon. We've seen Sedona and Grand Canyon; however, the colors of Coal Mine are so much more amazing! This isn't on any map we found; however, there are excellent instructions in the Trip... More 

1 Thank pswatkins
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

We passed through Tuba City in 2014 and afterwards I read about Coal Mine Canyon so this was a must see on our road trip this year. It's very easy to get to and is ten minutes drive from Tuba City. We pulled in off the road and followed directions off other reviews and pulled up at the picnic area.... More 

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