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“Tours of Canyon de Chelly, AZ”

Canyon de Chelly Tours
Ranked #2 of 11 Tours in Chinle
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Canyon De Chelly Tours is an enterprise of Leon Skyhorse Thomas. Every guide is a professional, certified by the National Park Service by examination. In addition to tours of the Canyon de Chelly National Monument, cultural consulting needs are addressed on a case by case basis for those who seek a more intimate insight onto the Navajo Way. Leon has assisted film-makers on location in Navajoland and is used to delivering high quality services to the people and organizations he serves.There are over 2700 archaeological sites within the many canyons of Canyon de Chelly National Monument. Only 13 of the 700 standing ruins have been stabilized, re-inforced, or protected from degradation. We are professional Navajo guides who can teach you the history of our canyons and about the Anasazi, Hopi and Navajo peoples. We pride ourselves in offering you more than just viewing our scenery - but we can do this too!
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Reviewed June 22, 2014

Of all the tours available with an Indian guide, I think we hired the best! One of the people at the hotel contacted Antelope House Canyon Tours for us. We were picked up in a 4-wheel drive vehicle by Ben Teller. He narrated the history and some of the geology of the canyon. He learned about touring the canyon from his grandfather, in the horse and wagon days. He took us to all of the points of interest in the canyon, showing us the "hidden" ruins that are not always visible from the rim. He took us to his compound, next to Antelope House, that his grandfather had passed down to him. We then went to White House, one of the most notable of the ruins. After a hot, but interesting, morning, Ben took us all back to our hotel. It was a very interesting and worthwhile tour.

9  Thank Janie K
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Reviewed June 20, 2014

We arrived late in the afternoon in Chinle. After we checked into our hotel, we decided to drive the South rim of Canyon de Chelly. Since this was our first trip to this location, we were so impressed with the views. Husband can't walk far since his knees are giving out. We decided to try for a tour. I called this outfit in the evening and asked if there were available tours for the next day. Leonne, or a male that would not give his name was very helpful and fun to talk to. He explained what the cost of the individual tour would be and where to start them. The cost is a bit more than I usually spend, but was so impressed with the place, we had to go into the Canyon. He made a reservation for the next morning at 9:00 a.m. I was so thrilled that they could get us in, guess we were just incredibly lucky.

The place the next morning is a bit hard to find, but did find it by the trading post. The wifi and cell phone service there in Chinle is very spotty. Our guide arrive a few minutes late in a new Hummer, but we were enjoying sitting outside under the trees. Angela Thomas was her name and she had just started the touring job for this summer. She is 19 years old, but explained that she had been coming to the Canyon on tours since her mother has been a tour guide for a good many years. She learned from the best she said, her uncle is Leonne and she has lived near and knows the people and the place.

We embarked upon a most helpful and informative tour that was wonderful. We even got to help a stuck truck that was there with the inhabitants of the Canyon. She explained the Native way is to help, no matter what. We learned so much of the history of the place, the petrographs, and the people that lived here thousands of years ago.

It is a special and sacred place, I even left my prescription sun glasses at one of the stops. Guess they were a token of our high regard for the place. My husband found that his walking stick was also gone. No worries, not stolen, just spirited away as an offering.

We stopped at one home and a little girl came out with beaded necklaces and bracelets. I was thrilled to purchase one of each. Angela enjoyed pointing out where the Natives had found hand holds and foot holds to traverse the Canyon walls. Did I say the height of the walls was impressive and where these people had built their homes and cache's for their food.

We even got to see a baby raccoon walking by the trees. There were lots of birds there and we spotted a coyote. Learned what that animal meant to the Natives. I enjoyed the Native lore and stories that Angela let us hear.

This was a special tour and it is a special place.

6  Thank ravenlady
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Reviewed June 10, 2014

If it’s all you want or can afford, you can restrict your Canyon de Chelly visit to the rim drives, perhaps adding the short hike into the canyon on the White Horse Trail. Nothing, however, beats a tour of the canyons in the company of a Navajo guide. To make sure we wouldn’t miss out on that during last September’s Dumb & Dumber V buddy trip, Colorado Jim called Leon and made our reservation months before our arrival.

CJ and I ended up having Leone as our guide, and we couldn’t have been happier with the outcome. In addition to being very experienced and knowledgeable, Leone has a great sense of humor, is very patient, exercises good judgment, and is one of the more capable off-road drivers I’ve seen. That tour was worth every cent we paid.

The “convenience store” at Antelope House sells water, coffee, soft drinks, candy, and (of course) fry bread and jewelry. Bring your binoculars if you want to get the best views of the rock art and cliff dwellings high on the canyon walls. Your camera should have a good telephoto or zoom lens.

5  Thank Citallwic
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Reviewed June 6, 2014

We drove around the rims and stopped at each view point. It was raining when we started the drive. At first, we were disappointed because it was difficult to take pictures holding umbrella on one hand ;-) However, the rain made the canyon colors more intense and breathtaking. It was a plus for us when the rain stopped. It made the experience more enjoyable.

6  Thank Cynthia C
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Reviewed June 5, 2014

We had walked into the canyon many years ago and had toured the rim about 4 years ago. The tour into the canyon was beautiful, educational, and delightful. Davison was informative and entertaining. I would strongly advise you to take this tour into the history of the Dene people and the history of the west. We learned about the geological formations, the history, and the culture of the area. Time and money well spent.

4  Thank Linda A
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