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“A hike into canyon: best way to see the canyon!”

Beauty Way Jeep Tours
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Beauty Way Jeep Tours formally known as De Chelly Tours offers Half Day and All Day Vehicle tours into Canyon De Chelly National Monument. Ya'at'eeh (hello) to all our family and friends! We are all thrilled to announce that this summer marks our 25th Anniversary as an established tour company in Canyon de Chelly, Arizona!! As a young man, my great grandfather, Chauncey Neboyia, first led groups of archeologist and others into the canyon, and eventually helped it to become a National Monument in 1931. Over the next few decades he would teach his children and grandchildren about the history, stories, and traditions of the canyons, and it was here where my father, Daniel Staley (grandson of Chauncey) picked up his vast knowledge of the canyons and all its wonders. Chauncey first led groups by foot, horse and wagon, then over the years Daniel started adding 4x4 vehicles and established "De Chelly Tours" as the first Navajo-owned tour business in Canyon de Chelly in 1989. We are the longest running Navajo family-owned and operated tour company in Canyon de Chelly that offers 4x4 tours, hiking and camping. We are so very happy and proud of our family's legacy and I feel completely honored to be the one to continue the family business and take it to new levels and share our beautiful home with you all. I feel like I learn something new about the canyon all the time and I hope to someday have as much knowledge of the canyon as my father and great grandfather.
Redwood City, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“A hike into canyon: best way to see the canyon!”
Reviewed August 13, 2012

This is a different company from the one owned by leon skyhorse, who only does tours in a vehicle. Our experienced hiking tour guide was Daniel, a friendly, knowledgeable, native-Navajo-speaking, quiet, man with a good sense of humor.
He met us in front of the visitor center, showed us our hiking options on the map inside, had us follow his car to the overlook where our hike would end, drove us in his car to the overlook we would be starting from, and then lead us on a three-hour hike, the length we requested. once you get to the bottom of the canyon, you walk on flat, sandy ground, not too hard. The hardest part was hiking out of the canyon. There was one outhouse stop on our hike.
He was hesitant to speak a whole lot unless we asked him questions, so we asked him many questions about plants, rock formations, anasazi dwellings, navajo history, navajo culture, etc., and he answered them all well.
The canyon looks so beautiful from inside, and you get excellent views of the ruins and petroglyphs. It is much more impressive when you are in it, looking way up at the tiny people on the rim. We caught glimpses of the way people and their livestock live in the canyon today (beautiful roaming horses! Flock of sheep and sheep dogs!) After the hike, we drove him to the overlook where his car was parked, where we payed him the $25 per hour plus a tip. You pay in cash.

Visited July 2012
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Green Valley, Illinois
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“Our favorite part of vacation!”
Reviewed August 13, 2012

So happy we picked this tour after picking up a few brochures and randomly picking Leanders tour. His knowlege of the history of the canyon... Along with his personal history at Chelly make for a great 3 hour tour. Wish we would have booked the all day tour after we were done! Thanks!

Visited August 2012
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Monterey, California, United States
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“Leander speaks from the heart”
Reviewed July 29, 2012

My husband and I saw the other reviews mentioning Leander, and we asked for him especially. WIthout a moment's hesitation, he agreed and we were booked for a 3-hour tour. We later found out he had delayed his family trip to Phoenix to take us down to the canyon. This dedication seems to be the hallmark of Leander's way of doing things, and we felt very lucky to hear the stories of the Dine, Hopi, Pueblo, and Anastazi people from him. He shared much more than facts with us - he included legends, traditions, stories, dreams, and visions both cultural and personal. His upbringing was in the modern world but as an adult he has embraced the traditional Dine (Navajo) culture and he is a passionate and articulate builder of bridges between the two worlds. He was warm and engaged, and willing and able to answer any and all questions. He is also able to state where knowledge ends and interpretation or subjective opinion begins, regarding the meaning of the pictograms and the details of the turbulent history of this canyon. I highly recommend that Leander as a guide, through his father's family business De Chelly tours.

Visited July 2012
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Ohio
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“The highlight of our visit to the southwest”
Reviewed May 22, 2012

In early May, my husband and I were lucky to be able to tour the Canyon de Chelly with Leander Staley. He is extremely knowledgeable, personable and most interesting. He has been giving tours for over 15 years and also tagged along as a child when he father and uncle gave tours of the canyon. His grandparents also lived in the canyon. The canyon, which looks spectacular and somewhat foreboding from above, has a totally different perspective from below and within. There are many farms and even orchards within the canyon and the day that we were there, many of the Navaho families were coming into the canyon to work their land in the canyon. Leander talked not only of the history and geology of the canyon, but of the Navaho traditions while bringing the canyon alive with his stories. Our tour of the canyon with Leander Staley was the highlight of our visit to the southwest.

Visited May 2012
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Wallkill
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“great tour!”
Reviewed April 10, 2012

our tour was wonderful. Benjamin was our guide and he was interesting, helpful, and informative. He explained so much to me and my children. I felt as if we had gone back in time to when he was a child growing up in the canyon. i was very impressed and would recommnend it to all who visit.

Visited April 2012
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