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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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 Thunderbird Lodge Trading Post (Parking Lot).
*** 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.
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
Painted Cave Ruin
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.
LARGE BUS GROUPS
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 Leona ( 928-380-4481) at the time of the tour.
And, all scheduled tours must meet Leone at the Best Western (PARKING LOT).
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.
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.
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.
RESERVE ONLINE! ONLINE RESERVATIONS MUST BE PAID WITH A CREDIT CARD.
Credit Card Rates
(Ask for quote on added hours)
Daily from the Thunderbird Lodge Trading Post (Parking Lot)
12 & Under
Our Jeeps/SUVs 3 Hour Private Tour
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
$77.00 $88.00 $99.00
$70.00 $80.00 $90.00
Overnight Campouts in the Canyon
Added Costs may incur for transporting camping gear in and out.
Landowner Fee $55.00
Guide Fee $55.00
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.
$50.00/ Hour 3 Hour Minimum
$50.00/ Hour 3 Hour Minimum
Pickup and return to Chinle airstrip is $30 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.
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: Partial credit card payment can be made at the time of the tour reservation and the balance can be paid on the day of the tour.
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
Group Tours 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
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
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.
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
Water 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
Snacks/Food 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
Sun-Block 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.
Binoculars 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.
Light Jacket Inquire of your guide based on current
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
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).
All Skyhorse Products Available Through Mail Order:
All products also available through
Cool Runnings Music (St. Michaels, AZ)
When ordering Skyhorse products,
please ask for them by name.
Mail orders accepted.
www.coolrunningsmusic.com SKYHORSE PRODUCTIONS
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.
To hear the sample sound tracks below,
click on your selection and turn up your computer speakers
for your listening pleasure.
The 3 Skyhorse CD's can be purchase through itunes and other various outlets below, if you're interested in any of the CD's just click on the icons below. Sample tracks are available before purchasing. Thank you.
This is just a partical list of outlets carring our products
Primeaux and Skyhorse
(Thunder and Rain)
Native American Spiritual Healing songs (50 min.)
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) Conference Center.
(505) 409-9559 ask for Knifewing for info.
FRAMED NATIVE AMERICAN RUGS
(58" x 47")
(58 1/4" x 39")
Price: $4,000 (or Best Offer) for the 2 Navajo Rugs. Both Navajo Rugs is displayed at the Downtown Gallup (NM) Conference Center.
Contact Leon Skyhorse Thomas: (928) 349-1600
or contact Knifewing directly at (505)
Coming in the Summer of 2018!!!
"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.
Near by Hotels and Restaurants
BEST WESTERN Canyon De Chelly Inn
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.
Campground fees are payable to the
Navajo Nation Parks Recreation Office located in the Campground.
** No hookups or showers available **
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.