We utilize Jeep models from 1994 to 2008
and other 4 Wheel Drive SUVs.
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 Ancestrial Pueblo (Anasazi), Hopi and Navajo peoples. We pride ourselves in offering you more than just viewing our scenery - but we can do this too!
Canyon de Chelly National Monument is located in the heartland of the great Navajo Nation. Monument Valley, Chaco Canyon, Mesa Verde, Sedona, Lake Powell and the majestic Grand Canyon are just a day's drive from us. Book a tour with us today!
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New Film By Skyhorse Productions
Children Of The Holy People (Beyond Darkness) Trailer (1:53)
This trailer is a film created by the mind of Leon "Skyhorse" Thomas, it is a look into Diné (Navajo) cultural, spiritual, and traditional beliefs. It has elements such as the skin-walker (yee naaldlooshii),And the Yeibichai or also know as (The Talking God).
Who We Are. . .
Canyon De Chelly Tours
is an enterprise of Leon Skyhorse Thomas. Every guide is a professional, certified by the National Park Service and the Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation Department 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.
Leon Skyhorse Thomas remains close to his own cultural roots, as well as those of neighboring peoples. They are residents of Chinle and a 100% Navajo owned business. Dollars spent here remain in Navajoland and are not shipped to owners who live elsewhere.
We appreciate your business. Please leave a contact phone number with your email. Thank you.
Basic three hour tour includes Antelope House Ruin in Canyon Del Muerto and the White House Ruin in Canyon de Chelly. The following ruins may be viewed on the tour:
Antelope House Ruin
White House Ruin
This is only a partial listing of archeological sites on our 3 hour tour. Total distance traveled is 24 miles on the canyon floor. Departure is from the Best Western Motel lobby, 100 Main St., Chinle, AZ (928-674-5875).
*** We highly recommend a minimum of a 4 hour private tour (see tour rates below).
Extended Tours, Overnight Trips
Consulting and Lectures
Day tours lasting six to seven hours are available. The most common are the following three, but we will tailor a trip to meet your individual needs. We can accommodate individual tours, as well as small and large groups.
Painted Cave Ruin
NOTE: One paid guide for every 10 people is required for overnight camping. You must contact the National Park Service at 928-674-5500 at least 30 days prior to your camping date and submit an application and Navajo Nation Parks Recreation Office at (928) 674-2106. This is in addition to making your reservation with Canyon De Chelly Tours. Contact Leone at Canyon De Chelly Tours at 928-380-4481 for information and assistance.
Mummy Cave, Antelope House Ruin and Navajo Fortress
This tour travels almost the full length of Canyon Del Muerto.
Mummy Cave is a partially restored Ancestrial apartment complex constructed under an arching overhang in the weathered sandstone. At Antelope house colored drawings of antelope created at the beginning of the last century are side by side with creations of the Ancestrial Pueblo. Canyon walls at Antelope House Ruin arch into the canyon over the stream bed below. Further up the Canyon are farms, orchards and field still farmed by the current residents. The round trip exceeds thirty miles.
White House Ruins and Spider Rock
A thorough exploration of Canyon de Chelly travels to the base of the towering 800 feet monolith of Spider Rock, where canyon walls rise to well over 1000 feet. Many ruins are along the way in the lower canyons. The round trip exceeds thirty-two miles.
Conducted Rim Tours (on your own)
For those unable to journey into the canyons, much of its beauty and significant sites can be seen from the many viewpoints along the two major roads that parallel two canyons.
Ventana Mesa and Painted Cave Tours (Outside tours of Canyon de Chelly National Monument / 3-6 hour tours)
These seldom visited locations have unique geology, windows, arches and pictographs/petroglyphs in addition to plentiful ruins
Overnight Trips & Storytelling (Large Groups Only).
Individuals and Large Groups wishing to stay overnight in Canyon de Chelly can do so with advanced reservations. We can assemble a package for you and/or your group that includes traditional foods and an evening's worth of tales told by a master story-teller that will be the highlight of your stay.
Overnight camping? 1-3 individuals is approximately $700. This would be approximately 24 hours on the canyon floor. You provide your own food and camping gear.
Conducted Bus Rim Tours
We contract with outside tour companies who want to provide their guests with a personalized tour of the overlooks for Canyon de Chelly along the North and South Rim drives. We will step aboard in Chinle and we can enhance your tour by providing your guests with an opportunity to meet and talk with us, as well as gain an insight into our canyon and its history.
Cultural Consulting, Filmmaking and Lectures
Large and small groups desiring these services with an emphasis on the Navajo people, their history and culture, and Canyon de Chelly may be arranged as needed on a individual case by case basis. Please contact us if you are seeking these services for yourself or your group.
Photographers: Fall colors change during the 3rd and 4th week of October.
Due to changes in the Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation Department policy, there is a limit amount of tours authorized to enter the canyon daily. We can break the tours up into 2 groups by leaving at 9 AM and 1 PM (Mountain Day-Light-SavingsTime).
All cash tours are payable to Leone ( 928-380-4481) at the time of the tour. And, all scheduled tours must meet Leone at the Best Western lobby. There is a $2.00 (cash) per person fee, payable to the Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation Department at this time.
CASH RATES FOR PRIVATE TOURS MORE THAN 3 HOURS, PLEASE CALL 928-349-1600 FOR TOUR ARRANGEMENTS.
PLEASE NOTE: ONLINE BOOKING(S) for Private Tours is for 3 hours only. For longer Private Tours, please leave a comment in the COMMENT SECTION with the number of how many hours you want to go and a traveling cell phone number. This note is for ONLINE BOOKING(S) for Private Tours longer than 3 hours only.
TSEYI DINE HERTIAGE AREA
NAVAJO NATION PARKS AND RECREATION OFFICE
The National Park Service and The Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation Department are now Co-Managing Canyon De Chelly National Monument and Canyon De Chelly Tribal Park.
** HANDICAPPED INDIVIDUALS ARE WELCOME ON OUR TOURS **
Schedule & Rates
Rates are competitive with tour companies operating all state, tribal, and national monument tours in Northern Arizona.
Payment with Cash or Traveler's Checks receives a 10% discount!
Navajo Tribal Business Tax included.
ONLINE RESERVATIONS MUST BE PAID WITH A CREDIT CARD.
2 person minimum
(Ask for quote on added hours)
Daily from the Best Western
12 & Under
Our Jeeps/SUVs 3 Hour
For more than 3 hours
pay additional hours
in cash to guide.
Online Booking For Private Tours is For 3 hours only. For longer tours leave a note in the COMMENT SECTION with the number of hours and your cell phone number.
1- 3 People
More than 6 People
+ $75.00/each additional person
+ $75.00/each additional person
Overnight Campouts in the Canyon
Added Costs may incur for transporting camping gear in and out.
** One paid guide for every 10 people is required.
Submit application to NPS at least 30 days before your trip (928-674-5500).
Contact Leone 928-380-4481 for more information.
Landowner Fee 1/2
Guide Fee 1/2
Details by arrangement
Accompanied Bus Tours -
South Rim Drive & Overlooks
2 1/2 hours
2 Hours Min.
Hiking: Most canyon trails have limited access.
Call for large group rates.
3 Hour Minimum
3 Hour Minimum
Pickup and return to Chinle airstrip is $60 per day.
GOT PETS: No problem. Professinal Dog and Cat Care Service provided upon requested (for a small fee), during your tour of the Canyon. $10.00/Hour.
OVERNIGHT CAMPING: One paid guide for every 10 people is required. You must contact the National Park Service at 928-674-5500 at least 30 days prior to your camping date and submit an application. This is in addition to making your reservation with Canyon De Chelly Tours. Contact Leone at Canyon De Chelly Tours at 928-380-4481 for information and assistance.
A surcharge for increased fuel charges may be added to all tours using our vehicles, depending upon rising gasoline prices beyond our control.
Reservation Payment Policy: Full credit card payment required for online bookings.
Cancellation Policy: A $75.00 cancellation fee will be charged to your credit card if you do not take the tour. The reason for the cancellation fee is that an authorized Navajo tour guide has been scheduled to pick you up with a company SUV.
After your tour, please go to TripAdvisor and make your comment on your tour (we really appreicate this). We only advertise our business on our website. Thank you.
Tour Recommendations (Four hour private tours or longer)
In planning your tour in advance, we highly recommend ordering our film titled, "Canyon De Chelly, Through Navajo Eyes" , at least two weeks in advance, from Drumbeat Indian Arts.
Please ask for our film by name when contacting Drumbeat Indian Arts, 1-800-895-4859. The Canyon de Chelly National Monument Book Store in Chinle also carries our film.
Canyon de Chelly National Monument is very beautiful during the summer and winter months. Our recommendation is to see the canyon during the late afternoon hours. You can do the south rim overlooks in the morning hours on your own. And/or hike the White House Ruin on your own without a Navajo guide (3 miles round trip). The canyon walls are 600 feet in height in that area.
"Canyon De Chelly, Through Navajo Eyes"
video can be view here
A 5 hour private tour will cover most of the areas on this film.
Canyon De Chelly Tours offers a variety of vehicles engineered to make your visit enjoyable, memorable, and educational.
The smaller passenger capacity results in more personal attention for each passenger.
Our Open Jeeps
These are specially designed Jeeps that can carry up to 4 guests.
Our Enclosed 4x4 SUVs
These are standard SUVs operating with no air conditioning. They are often requested in the summer by those sensitive to heat, as well as being used in winter when the temperatures drop below what is comfortable for touring exposed to the air.
Our Winter Tours begin at 9 A.M. or 1 P.M. due to early winter sunsets.
No Tours allowed in your own S.U.V. (Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation Department Policy).
Our "Wet-Season" usually runs from February to May. Ice may coat the canyon floors from December through February. In past years, the advent of winter often closed the canyon to tourism. The weather in the last few winters however, has been extremely mild. The canyon has remained open all year. During Bad Weather, inquire about the conditions in the canyon.
Sudden summer thunderstorms may produce flooding although the rain is miles away in the mountains. It is not unknown for the canyon bottom to go from almost dry, to 3 feet deep of flowing water. Then again become driveable before the day is over.
What to Bring This Summer
Canyon De Chelly Tours provides no water, consumables, personal use items or perishables. In order to make your trip as memorable and pleasant as possible, we recommend you bring the following items:
Local tap water is tested and is pure and safe to drink, however some guests prefer brand name bottled water, which is available both in local area grocery and convenience stores, as well as most motels.
For your trip into the canyons, include an ample supply. One liter per person per hour is not unreasonable in hot weather. Most resturants at your motels will be willing to leave a bottle overnight in their freezer for you. If you freeze one bottle, it can keep all your water cool as it melts.
Bring your favorites. Area restaurants will prepare sack lunches upon request. Use common sense. It gets hot in the canyon during the summer, so chocolate bars can get messy.
Three hours in an open vehicle can burn almost everyone. Most people find it necessary to get the highest rated sunblock they can find, then re-apply the lotion at least once for good protection.
A Straw Hat / Umbrella
Even with good sun screen, visitors often get burned. If you are susceptible to sunburn, a hat or umbrella can help. Sunglasses can help minimize the glare off the white bottom sands.
General Purpose Binoculars from small 6x30's to 12x50's will enlighten your canyon experience by bringing close the details on distant walls and in distant ruins on rim and canyon tours. Just remember, the more powerful the magnification, the more shaking will be amplified as well. Small roof prism binoculars are available from Walmart at reasonible prices. 8x30 or 7x35 are good general purpose instruments.
Camera & Film
If you have neither a camera nor video recorder, disposable cameras are available at stores and gift shops which are a good investment. They are easy to use and require absolutely no photographic skill to preserve mementos of your visit, as long as you remember not to take photographs into the sun! Digital cameras require mega-pixel imaging to produce photographs with adequate detail. A zoom lens can help.
Inquire of your guide based on current conditions.
Cash and/or Traveler's Cheques
You will have the opportunity to purchase jewelry, rugs and crafts from Navajo crafts people at the Antelope House Ruin and White House Ruin stops. Prices are substantially less than marked up items in area stores. If you have a question about the quality of an item, please contact your guide. There is also a food concession stand at Antelope House Ruin.
For Our Smaller Guests...
Parents of small children and infants need to provide their own infant or child seats that can be secured with a seat belt. Also please bring your own container for soiled diapers (Zip-lock bags are recommended) : Trash cans exist, but not at every stop.
Restroom facilities are available at Ledge Ruins, Antelope House Ruins, and White House Ruins only.
NO PETS ALLOWED on canyon tours (Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation Department policy).
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When ordering Skyhorse products,
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Canyon De Chelly, Through Navajo Eyes
Canyon De Chelly, Through Navajo Eyes has 17 Speaking roles and 30 extras. (26:50 min.) The short, historical re-enactments include the Anasazi, Hopi, Navajo, Spanish, and U.S. Government prescences. This film utilizes Hopi, Navajo, and Spanish languages with English subtitles.
Leon Skyhorse Thomas wrote, produced, narrated, and directed this film which was shot in 16mm film. Leon has completed 25 Documentaries and 3 Feature Films.
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Original Framed Oil Painting for Sale: Size 30" x 40" Pictured from Left to Right:
Narbona, Barboncito, Skyhorse, Manuelito and Ganado Muncho. Navajo Artist: Anonymous
The painting is displayed at the Downtown Gallup (NM) Quintana's Gallery.
(505) 409-3677 ask for Rhonda Quintana for info.
Coming in the Summer of 2020!!! "The Spirit and People of Canyon De Chelly" (Book) Written by Leon Skyhorse Thomas
(Currently being Written by Leon Skyhorse Thomas)
Native American Screenplays!!! Skyhorse Productions is Seeking Serious Funding for 2 Native American Screenplays.
(Scripts Completed and Registered with the Writer's Guild, West )
1. "Left In The Sun", (Contemporary traveling film from Page, AZ to Window Rock, AZ.)
2. "Nanabah (One Who Came Back From War)".
The story follows one Navajo family during the Navajo's Long Walk of 1864 (Oscar Potential).
Serious investors please contact Leon Skyhorse Thomas for PDF file. (928) 349-1600.
Nearby Hotels and Restaurants
BEST WESTERN Canyon De Chelly Inn
Junction Restaurant 1(800)327-0354
The Junction Restaurant is located next to the BEST WESTERN Canyon De Chelly Inn. The Junction Restaurant serves Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Traditonal Navajo Dishes as well as a Pizza Hut Express located inside Junction Restaurant.
Comfortable Rooms and Swimming area
Campground fees are payable to the
Navajo Nation Parks Recreation Office located in the Campground.
** No hookups or showers available **
KIDNEY DONOR NEEDED
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Type O blood
Please contact: Tanya Yazzie 480-297-7860
Women Of The Navajo Calendar
Canyon De Chelly Tours is a proud sponsor of the 2016
The 2016 Women Of The Navajo Calendar is now available.