Monument Valley & Canyon de Chelly
MAGNIFICENT VISTAS ~ MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES ~ NAVAJO TRADITIONS & CULTURE
Day 1 – After leaving the valley arrive at Cameron Trading Post for a no host lunch and shopping stop. Built in 1916 it has become a show place of Native America Art, so be sure to visit the gallery and gift shop. Try their signature dish, a Navajo taco. Finish with a short walk to view the suspension bridge spanning the Little Colorado River Gorge. We follow a scenic route to Goulding Lodge, enjoy the spectacular views of Monument Valley just outside the lodge. Watch an old John Wayne western that was filmed in the valley and visit the museum. The evening is on your own to relax, have dinner and enjoy where you are.
Day 2 – After breakfast explore Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park up close and personal with a Navajo guide during your jeep/suburban tour in the valley. Experience one of the most majestic, and most photographed, points on earth. This great valley boasts sandstone masterpieces that tower at heights of 400 to 1,000 feet, framed by scenic clouds casting shadows that graciously roam the desert floor. The angle of the sun accents these graceful formations, providing scenery that is simply spellbinding. The landscape overwhelms, not just by its beauty but also by its size. The fragile pinnacles of rock are surrounded by miles of mesas and buttes, shrubs, trees and windblown sand, all comprising the magnificent colors of the valley. Following the tour relax and enjoy your box lunch at Monument Valley. Then it is off to Canyon de Chelly National Park. Spend time at the Visitors Center, followed by a drive along the rim with plenty of photo stops. Nowhere in Navajoland is the blend of past tradition and present culture more evident than Canyon de Chelly National Monument. The Navajo people still have a mystical bond to this redstone canyon that cuts an almost tropical path of trees and flowers through the desert. Canyon de Chelly is home to several periods of Indian culture dating from 350 A.D. to 1300 A.D., and the 26-mile canyon’s sheer cliffs range from 30 to more than 1,000 feet, providing a spectacular backdrop for hundreds of Anasazi ruins, as well as modern Navajo homes and farms. The visitor’s center offers details about all of the canyon’s many world-famous sites, including Spider Rock, White House Ruins and Canyon del Muerto. Tonight the rooms are at the Holiday Inn Canyon de Chelly in Chinle and the evening is at your leisure.
Day 3 – Awesome views continue to be today’s highlight. Tour Canyon de Chelly via a private tour with expert commentary from the Navajo driver guide. Travel through the canyon is restricted, and allowed only with an authorized guide. Learn about Southwestern Indian history from the earliest Anaszai basket makers to the Navajo Indians who live and farm here today. View ruins of Indian villages built between 350 and 1300 AD at the base of sheer red cliffs and in canyon wall caves. Marvel at spectacular rock imagery. A no-host lunch stop is at the unique and historical Thunderbird lodge. Soak up the history and culture. Begin the journey back to the valley through the beautiful scenery of Payson.
Dress in layers, it can be cool in Monument Valley and Canyon de Chelly. Don’t forget your camera to capture the spectacular views and colors. We are unable to predict the wind velocity in advance — you may wish to pack a bandana to protect your nose and mouth from blowing dust during the jeep tours.
NOTE – Walking on uneven surfaces is common. Elevators are not present at all venues/hotels, you may have to carry luggage up stairs. You must be able to climb in and out of jeeps/suburbans. Tour involves activities at higher elevations. This tour is considered inappropriate for persons with mobility limitations and lung disorders such as COPD.6:00 AM depart Apache Junction 6:30 AM depart Mesa Anticipated return time final day 7-8:00 PM Mesa.
$525… Escorted tour includes deluxe motorcoach transportation, 1-night at Goulding Lodge in Monument Valley, box lunch, 1-night at the Holiday Inn Canyon de Chelly in Chinle, guided tours of Monument Valley and Canyon de Chelly. $659 single.
NOTE – Meals are not included and because of the isolated areas, options are few. Most meals are located at the restaurants in the hotels you are staying at. You should budget at least $40 per day, per person. To offset this cost, you are welcome to pack snacks, non-perishable breakfast items, etc. Feel free to bring a small cooler of beverages (no glass allowed) and snacks.
Sequence of attractions may be altered due to weather or availability..
February 24 – 26 Monday – Wednesday
For a description of tour policies, including cancellation penalties, click “Policies and Procedures” at the very bottom of this page.