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“The tour of Monument Valley is a must”

Majestic Monument Valley Touring Co.
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Owner description: We are a local and Navajo family - owned business operating on the Navajo Nation in Nizhoni (Majestic) Monument Valley. We are certified with the Navajo Nation to operate in the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park offering 4X4 vehicle, Hiking, & Photography tours for those who would love to enjoy the beautiful landscape of the Tribal Park and enjoy learning of our culture. Every tour is a cultural tour. Economically Friendly and a Quality Tour Experience, we offer both Non - private & Private tour options. We are happy to accommodate your preference and would love to be a part of your time here in Nizhoni Monument Valley!
Aarhus, Denmark
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“The tour of Monument Valley is a must”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2013

If you are in Monument Valley, taking the tour with a Navajo guide is truly a must. There are many tour organizers in operation, and judging from the raving reviews here on Tripadvisor it is less important which one you choose than to simply make sure that you go on this tour. I chose the Majestic Monument Valley Touring Co. because they were very quick in responding to my initial e-mail asking what they could offer regarding a private tour for a group of four on a specific date. I made a similar inquiry to #1 on the list, the Navajo Spirit Tours, but for some reason they never responded to my e-mail.
The Majestic Touring Co. is a family run operation – and all of the details regarding terms and conditions for a tour were agreed in my e-mail correspondence with the Holidays long before the visit. And regarding the actual tour I was not disappointed. Our guide was Ron who is very friendly and knowledgeable about the area and about the Navajo culture – and who has a particular interest in ancient Anasazi ruins of which many can be seen is the neighbouring Mystery Valley. Anasazi is the Navajo term for the Pueblo peoples of old, the ‘ancient ones’. One of the more significant ruins is the Square House – and the site with the most impressive petroglyphs is The House of Many Hands, both in Mystery Valley.
We took the full day tour which takes you through Monument Valley in the morning and to Mystery Valley after lunch. Both tours were scheduled to 3 to 3½ hours and both were carried out smoothly in such a way that we never felt there was any rush. Ron did not suggest to move on until he was sure we had seen what we wanted to see and were ready to go. The Monument Valley tour takes in all of the famous sights – including the natural arches in the back country The Sun’s Eye, The Ear of the Wind and The Big Hogan. For me, Monument Valley has been a dream since the first time many years ago that I saw the classic John Ford westerns filmed in this area, the best one of them being (imo) “The Searchers” from 1956. And we had a fantastic day.
The afternoon tour of Mystery Valley is also highly recommended. It takes you through a landscape which at first glance is less spectacular than the mittens, buttes and mezas of Monument Valley – but beautiful nevertheless. The rock formations in Mystery are lower and smoother and have the appearance in many places of vast and orange colored petrified sand dunes. The area has many beautiful natural arches, some with impressive one thousand years old Anasazi ruins. One of them is the so-called Honeymoon Arch where Ron showed us how to climb to the top and walk across the arch fifty feet or more above the ground. For someone like me – a 64-year-old in quite good shape – this was not easy, but there is a good grip in even the steeper sandstone rock, and I cannot say it was very difficult either. But fun – and a good challenge.
The touring vehicle with open air seating under a shady tarp cover was quite comfortable and Ron’s supplies of cold water were plentiful during the whole day.
All in all, this day in Monument Valley and Mystery Valley in my mind was among the very best during our 17 days tour of the US Southwest in July 2013. Monument Valley simply is out of this world.

Visited July 2013
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majesticmvtours, Owner at Majestic Monument Valley Touring Co., responded to this review, August 29, 2013
Thank you all for selecting us to tour nizhoni (beautiful) Monument Valley with! We agree, there are wonderful tour companies here and a guided tour experience is truly the way to go for a full, enriching experience of this part of our Mother's beauty.
It was our pleasure to accommodate your groups Private All Day Touring of a most beautiful place and of our beautiful culture also.
We were happy to accommodate swift email exchange,etc. Thank you also for your business and for your nizhoni review of your touring experience with us and for being nizhoni guests!
We are happy you enjoyed the climbing opportunities of Mystery Valley, its great you experienced in this way. We also thank you for letting us be a part of your dream of visiting nizhoni Monument Valley, this is an honor to us. Thank you.
Sincerely,
Holiday's
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Louisville, Kentucky
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“Best Tour In The West”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2013

After reading and e-mailing with the Holidays, We took 3 tours with them and it was the best time we had in our 2 Mouth tour of the Western part of the U.S.A.. We went on tour with four of the family members (mother, Father, Grand Father, Son) and you will never meet a nicer and friendly family around. They told us of all of the different Navajo traditions and believes and the son can play a mean flute. I told them I like to take pictures and they got me to the best spots and at the right time of the day to shoot them. They made our tour feel very friendly and easy going and no rush at all and they will go out of there way to make sure you will enjoy your time in the Monument Valley. When out Grand kids get old enough, we will be going back to the Holidays and enjpy there tours again.

Visited May 2013
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majesticmvtours, Owner at Majestic Monument Valley Touring Co., responded to this review, August 29, 2013
We look forward to when you both return again and with your grandchildren. It was and will be again our pleasure. We thank you for your generous review of your touring experiences with us.
We were happy to accommodate in getting you to great photo places. Thank you for your generous comments of our family, you both are wonderful also. We are happy when you are happy. We look forward to future tours with your family. Thank you.
Sincerely,
Holiday's
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Boston, MA
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“Highlight of our trip!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2013

We booked a tour with the Holiday's family company as part of our 2 weeks exploration of the Southwest. Quanah was our guide and he made this an extra special adventure! We met him at the visitor's center where he began educating us about hoguns and traditions. Then the adventure began in the open sided jeep/truck. It's a very bumpy ride to start but adds to the experience. Quanah stopped at all the photo hot spots along the way and told us folklore and hollywood stories. Eventually we entered the part that was limited to tours. This section was by far the best. The landscapes were just breathtaking and you could go into caves and over large rocks. Quanah played a solo for us on his Native American flute- beautiful! Often we felt like we were the only ones in the Monument Valley. The public section is nothing compared to the sites on the back country tour. Treat yourself and ask for Quanah!

Visited July 2013
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majesticmvtours, Owner at Majestic Monument Valley Touring Co., responded to this review, August 29, 2013
Thank you for including us in your visit of the southwest! It was our pleasure in sharing the beauty that is here in nizhoni (beautiful) Monument Valley. We were happy to be a part of your nizhoni time here. Thank you for sharing your touring experience and for your generous review, we are grateful.
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Holiday's
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Houston, Texas
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“3 Hr Private Tour - Monument Valley”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2013

Wife and I did a 3 hour tour of Monument Valley in a SUV with a Navajo guide. Do not use your personal car. With the guide we did the 17 mile loop PLUS another 12 miles of the park that you could only see with a guide. Roads are rough in spots. We needed the 4-wheel drive for some areas. Highly recommend the tour and Majestic. We scheduled our tour several days in advance and the tour guide met us on time. Mac Mc.

Visited July 2013
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majesticmvtours, Owner at Majestic Monument Valley Touring Co., responded to this review, August 29, 2013
Thank you for your review. We are appreciative of your most generous review of your Private 3- Hour Touring experience with us. It was our pleasure, and we also thank you for your business, for touring nizhoni (beautiful, Majestic) Monument Valley with us!
Sincerely,
Holiday's
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Columbia, SC
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“Wonderful tour, but just a couple of problems”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2013

After Navajo Spirits did not respond to our email, we finally found the Tour booth, which is WAY down the parking lot in front of the Visitors' Center, and took our chances with whichever tour company we could get. It turns out there are 20 jeep tour companies for Monument Valley and they take turns--10 each day.

We lucked out with Majestic tours and newcomer Luanda (sp?) as our guide. They offer a good variety of well-maintained vehicles; they have chilled water for you; and Luanda was very personable and knowledgable. We had wonderful stops for views, history, ruins, a look inside a traditional hogan, and petroglyphs.

So what were the slight drawbacks? The road is deceptively jarring. It looks like all sand, but it had dreadful potholes and no safety railing for some pretty sharp curves going down into the valley. I'm sure the locals are used to it, but for us newbies, it became pretty exhausting. Especially because our three-hour tour turned into four plus. Luanda asked if we had a schedule to meet and when we said we we didn't, she kept showing us more and more. I know she thought she was giving us a treat, but we were hot and sore from bouncing around, so that the last hour was less than pleasant. This was only her ninth day of giving tours and I'm sure a little more experience will let her know when to call a halt to guiding.

Visited June 2013
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majesticmvtours, Owner at Majestic Monument Valley Touring Co., responded to this review, July 14, 2013
Hello,
Thank you for your review, we are appreciative. We are happy we were able to accommodate you both when "the other company' did not. We remember your disappointment over not being able to tour with the other company when you both were booking your tour with us at the little building in the Monument Valley Tribal Park parking lot. We will let this other company know as they are our family, a brother, also in this nizhoni (beautiful) business of sharing nizhoni Monument Valley.
The dirt tour road/route was unfortunately rutted this day when you toured because of the Hollywood movie filming that was in progress here at that time for several days. The semi's and work trucks carrying filming equipment, props, were frequently utilizing the park roads to get to their filming locations and put more useage on the roads. The dirt roads are back to their usual high standard of upkeep, always providing a natural and safe road for all to navigate the beauty that is here.
We understand that dirt roads aren't for everyone, and it is the nature of our business, sharing through our vehicle tours, the natural state of beauty here that Monument Valley is known for and shares with the world. We provide seat belts and safe tour vehicles for our customers enjoyment and safety and the roads/tour routes are maintained on a regular basis.
Most enjoy extra time guides can sometimes give on tours to their guests, but we understand how it could become unpleasant for some that aren't comfortable on a dirt road setting. We are sorry you were affected this way.
We are happy you visited this way, this nizhoni (beautiful) part of our "Mother" and was our pleasure to accommodate this. We thank you for your business. We also want to say we love Hollywood!
Sincerely,
Holiday's
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