Canyon de Chelly Cliff Dwelling

Canyon de Chelly National Monument is located on the vast Navajo Reservation of northeastern Arizona. It’s a spectacular combination of three intersecting canyons with sheer sandstone walls, the famous “Spider Rock” natural spire, and the meandering, cottonwood-lined Chinle River.

And as if that weren’t enough, there are amazing ancient Anasazi ruins and wall paintings tucked into the canyon’s many nooks and alcoves, lending context to the place, plus a haunting sense of history.

This oil painting shows the dwelling known as “First Ruin,” which was built sometime between the 11th and 13th centuries. The Chinle River, which carved the canyon over many millennia, flows gently along in the foreground.

If you’re interested in pre-Columbian cliff dwellings, you’ll want to see my watercolor painting “Mesa Verde.”

This original painting is available for purchase.

•    oil on canvas, ready for hanging or framing

•    36″ x 24″

•    $2,500 US. (Shipping within the USA is included in the price.)

Contact Bernard Marks if you’re interested.

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This painting and all reproductions of it are © Bernard Marks. No unauthorized use is permitted. All rights reserved.