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Review of Sandstone Tours

Sandstone Tours
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Owner description: Sandstone Tours provides an unforgettable experience through the best and most inspiring natural formations that Monument Valley has to offer. With Sandstone Tours you will trek through the valley in a comfortable open air 4x4 truck with a knowledgable Navajo guide. We offer a range of tours in Monument Valley and Mystery Valley as well as a range of tours to choose from. Get a reservation on our website in less than 5 minutes!
jefferson, TX
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Expert driver”
Reviewed October 26, 2013

This tour had decent ratings and was up to $20. cheaper per person than other tour companies. We opted for the mid-range tour of 2.5 hours. This not only takes us on the 17 mile scenic dirt road that is open to the public, but also along some back roads that only the touring companies are allowed. I would highly suggest you opt for a tour and let the "experts" do the driving for you. This Monument Valley 17 mile scenic dirt road is VERY rough. We were bounced around in our seats and would not want to put our own vehicle through this terrain. Of course, if you've got an ATV or a 4 wheel drive that can handle it, then go for it. There were a couple of times that we thought we may not make it up the sandy slope.
We ended up being almost 1/2 hour late arriving to the tour because of an unexpected homecoming parade in town, with no side streets to detour to. I called to say we would be late and they were great. They would put us on on another tour when we got there. We waited about 7 minutes for our tour guide to arrive. Even though we paid for a Sandstone Tour, we ended up on a Black's tour. So maybe they all work together.
Our tour guide was Ferguson. Sweet young man, but not real outgoing. Other reviewers have raved about their tour guide. We sort of had to drag info out of him. Eventually he talked more. He spoke of how he learned about the history of this area from his Grandmother and related some stories. I think we could have had a better guide, but Ferguson was ok.
Definitely worth the money and avoid the wear and tear on your own vehicle on this very rough, rocky not maintained dirt road.
Overall, this was an enjoyable, fun and interesting tour.

Visited October 2013
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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Wonderful Experience”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

We took the Sandstone extended 4-hour photo tour October 8, 2013 and it was worth every penny. Our Navajo guide Frank was an expert on the creative photography - the sites locations, photo angles, sunlight, etc. He was accommodating and knowledgeable without being overbearing. We set the pace. Frank volunteered the formation names and described their history and importance to the Navajos. When asked, he told us the names of the local plants and their historic uses as foods and dyes. We are already looking forward to next year and a tour of Mystery Valley and we will defiantly book with Sandstone Tours.

Words of caution: All open vehicle tours are dusty by nature. It’s worse on windy days. Take something to wrap around your camera (and your mouth and nose if needed). We toured on a beautiful sunny and relatively windless day. The following day was overcast and windy and the formations were drab and obscured by dust.

Visited October 2013
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42 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Excellent sunrise tour!”
Reviewed December 9, 2012

My husband and I requested a sunrise tour the weekend after Thanksgiving. It turned out that we were the only people on the tour. We were given the option of taking an open air vehicle or an enclosed heated vehicle. We were very happy to have chosen the heated vehicle because it was extremely cold that morning. Our guide was extremely accommodating to any request we made, and never rushed us when I was taking longer at certain spots taking photos. He shared interesting information about the history of each rock formation and answered my many questions about different features. He also suggested a great spot for sunrise. Wish I had gotten his name, he was very good without being overbearing. The woman who made my reservation over the phone was also very friendly and easy to work with. I would absolutely use this company again.

Visited November 2012
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Well worth the price of admission!”
Reviewed October 29, 2012

We just came back from a trip out west and we took a 6 hour tour of both Monument Valley and Mystery Valley. Sandstone Tours was an excellent choice as they treated us to great views of the valley and even though we chose the long tour, there were so many beautiful sights to see the time just flew by! It was an unexpected surprise to see so many unique and marvelous formations, especially the deep corners of the valley. Our tour guide, Cecil, was friendly and professional and gave us so much insight into the history and culture of the area. We couldn't have asked for a better guide.

Before our tour, we decided to see if we could change our reservation to the following day, then on the day of the tour we ended up running late so we called to ask if they would wait for us, and in both cases, the staff was friendly and accommodating in assuring us that they would have a guide and truck waiting for us. I would definitely recommend Sandstone tours if you are thinking of taking a trip to Monument Valley!

Visited October 2012
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Orange County, CA
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“A "monumental" tour, for sure!”
Reviewed October 25, 2012

I thought our guide, Cecil Smith, was simply outstanding. He spoke to us from his heart and related Navajo lore and history to us in a very understandable manner. We appreciated him greatly.

Visited October 2012
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