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Open aired Shake and Bake Tour or enclosed private tour?

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Open aired Shake and Bake Tour or enclosed private tour?

My family (two kids ages 10 and 13, husband and myself) will be visiting Canyon De Chelly in mid-June 2013. We would like to take a half day tour of the canyon, but are unsure which may offer the better experience. For roughly the same price, we can either take a "Shake and Bake" tour in an open-roofed vehicle or take a private tour in an enclosed 4 wheel drive vehicle. My initial thought was that the private tour in an enclosed vehicle would be the obvious choice, but now I'm wondering if we would get a better experience taking in the views without a roof to obstruct the grandness of the canyon. During that time of year, would we bake out in the open and how much dust would we be swallowing during the trip? Can anyone offer their opinion or personal experiences to help us decide?

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1. Re: Open aired Shake and Bake Tour or enclosed private tour?

There's not a lot of dust because the vehicles literally drive up the river. We took an enclosed vehicle tour with Adam Teller at Antelope House Tours. I liked being in the vehicle because he could talk to us between stops and tell us what we were seeing, and stories about the culture. That can't happen when you're riding in the back of a truck and your guide is driving up in the enclosed cab.

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2. Re: Open aired Shake and Bake Tour or enclosed private tour?

Ditto what RedRox said. We took the very same tour with same guide and loved it. We saw a few of the "shake and bake" tours and were glad we were not on them.

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3. Re: Open aired Shake and Bake Tour or enclosed private tour?

Very good points about not being able to talk to the guide while driving. Thanks for the input. You two helped me make my decision!

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4. Re: Open aired Shake and Bake Tour or enclosed private tour?

I've just posted a "shake and bake" tour review in the Chinle forum. I had a terrific time on the tour, and don't agree with the other reviewers that your decision is a slam dunk for the private tour. I think it's important you weigh the pros and cons of both types of tours - especially how much of the canyon you want to see - before making a decision. You've got plenty of time to decide, though.

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5. Re: Open aired Shake and Bake Tour or enclosed private tour?

Thunderbird Lodge who offered the "shake and bakes" are no longer offering them. They ended their tour business in Nov. 2012. New owners will be managing the lodge this month. All tours are now in private enclosed four wheel drive vehicles like jeeps and suburbans. Large open air truck tours are no longer available. Check out nps.gov/cach for tour info.

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6. Re: Open aired Shake and Bake Tour or enclosed private tour?

Thanks for that, fromtherez.

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