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“Harris is an excellent guide, smart and knowledgeable”

Antelope House Tours
Ranked #3 of 12 Tours in Chinle
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37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Harris is an excellent guide, smart and knowledgeable”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2013

Antelope House Tours is a great guide service to ride into Canyon de Chelly with--our guide, Harris, has inf0rmed himself and is well-educated about all things Canyon de Chelly. Really an impressive person and a decent human being. We had a wonderful tour with hiim in a jeep. Got to see his aunt, who made us some fry bread--the best I have ever had. She owns a place in the Canyon and there are toilets, clean ones, to use. Harris grew up summering in the canyon and his familiarity with it and the history and natural spectacle of it made our tour enjoyable. Definitely recommend Antelope House Tours (we met Adam, the owner) and Harris as a guide, though Adam is also reported to be really good. This is a family business.

Visited April 2013
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Tucson, Arizona
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3 reviews
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“Antelope House Tours for Canyon de Chelly - Outstanding,Affordable,Unknown Lore!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2013

The Teller Family is one of only 75 families residing in Canyon de Chelly with an incredible history of their own. But, the wealth of their family run tours known as "Antelope House Tours", is also within their exceptional knowledge of the various tribes dating back thousands of years past. Their knowledge was once kept sacred, but over this century has been allowed to be shared with those not of the tribe. There is much history, both ancient and modern that tells a story of an incredible race of people that hold values that reflect much of the same foundations shared with tribes from other lands and even much of Christianity. The Teller family has been passed down this sacred knowledge that much can be supported by modern science today relating to beliefs, surviving, social structure and much much more. You won't read this in any book or even hear from any other tour or even the Park Service. Meet at the Thunderbird Lodge and you can get any food, snacks or water prior to or after your tour. You can thank me now as you will not regret this recommendation if you are planning to see Canyon de Chelly. No self-guided drive can bring you up close to the dwellings and petroglyphs or to a fuller understanding of this rich experience!

Visited May 2013
2 Thank Jan_09364
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Maricopa, Arizona
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19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Antelope House Tours, Great Storytelling”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2013

Ben Teller is a shaman, and his son Ben Teller is a Univ of Arizona grad. They are great tour guides, and know all the local color. Stories from the Din-eh history and bits of history of the people who lived there before the Din-Eh arrived from the Pacific Northwest. They have nice Jeeps that give you a comfortable ride, as opposed to the "Shake and Bake" platform trucks with seats bolted to the bed -- the trucks remind me of a scene from Beverly Hillbillies. The Jeeps are much cooler, and the truck people looked at us like we must be VIPs or celebrities. If you're a Baby Boomer, ask for Ben -- he's our generation. I\f you're younger, ask for Adam. He's young and smart and contemporary. The young boys in the canyon can carve you Kachina dolls for a few dollars -- like the ones that sell in stores for hundreds. And the kids are smart and fun, too. Never do a shake and bake tour. Go with Ben and Adam Teller.

Visited June 2012
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Chehalis, Washington
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26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Outstanding and well worth the money”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2013

While planning our visit to Canyon de Chully, friends recommended this tour and Adam in particular. We called several days in advance but he was still booked for the day we wanted so we rearranged our schedule. Are we ever glad we did. Adam is amazing in his knowledge and his ancestral ties to the canyon and its people. Our tour was 4 hours and fascinating. He is very accommodating. He is well known and respected throughout the Dine' community. Before going, we read the reviews, both positve and negative. Can't believe anybody could find fault wtih this tour. Especially the one that didn't like the bathrooms. How spoiled is that!? You are in a wilderness! Adam is a teacher, story teller, communicator, and leader in the Navajo nation. We would recommend Adam and this tour anytime!

Visited April 2013
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Bainbridge Island, Washington
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20 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Hiking Bear Trail”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2013

Our guide was Brian -- about 25 years old and the third generation of the Teller family involved in this business. He was quiet, but friendly, and, most important, he knew the route. The Bear Trail runs down the steep red-rock face below the North Rim and is not for the weak or timid. But the scenery is beautiful and it is the best way to walk to Antelope House Ruins. One important note: bring Tevas for the walk on the valley floor, because there are numerous crossings of the shallow stream there. The Antelope House Ruins and pictographs are quite spectacular.

It would be hard to do this whole trail in the estimated four hours. (Better figure 5+)

All in all, a worthwhile experience for the adventure, the scenery, and the interaction with several members of the Teller family.

Visited April 2013
3 Thank Jack J
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