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Canyon De Chelly Tours

Tours of the canyon floor with Diné guides in Chinle, Arizona



Mountain Daylight Time (MDT)

We observe MDT from March through November. We are the only part of Arizona that observes this time zone. This places us in the same time zone as CO, UT, and NM. We are 1-hour ahead of Flagstaff, Phoenix and Tucson. Please plan accordingly.


Every tour requires a backcountry permit and is payable to the Navajo Parks and Rec in cash in the amount of $8.00 per person. Your guide will get it with you prior to entering the canyon. If you have any questions, you may call the Navajo Parks and Rec at: 928-674-2106.


Masks are optional on the Navajo Nation. Most of our guides are vaccinated for COVID. While booking a tour, please indicate as to whether a vaccinated guide is preferred.

Please read our COVID-19 health and cancellation policies prior to booking.

**For the safety of your guide and your group, should any member in your party exhibit symptoms of COVID, cold or flu-like symptoms, your tour will be cancelled and a refund given via payment type.**

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Canyon de Chelly Tours

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Who We Are

Canyon de Chelly Tours, founded in the latter 1980s, is an enterprise of the late Leon Skyhorse Thomas. Canyon de Chelly Tours is an 100% Diné-owned business. We ensure that every guide is a professional and certified by both the National Park Service and the Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation. We pride ourselves in providing you with memories that will last a lifetime.

Leon was a Diné film maker and musician. He had a love for his cultural heritage and sharing it with the people he met. His passion encompassed so many of the arts such as music, film making, and writing. He was an advocate for the people, community, the arts, language, culture and the canyon. While he is gone, he is not forgotten. His legacy remains with us in the films and music he made.

All Skyhorse products, including the film “Canyon De Chelly, Through Navajo Eyes” and award-winning music, are available by calling: 928-349-1600.

Guests Love Us On TripAdvisor and Yelp!

Reginald "Reggie" Etsitty

Canyon de Chelly was the boyhood home of this cultured Navajo gentleman. His formidable knowledge of Canyon de Chelly is matched by his keen appreciation of Navajo history. Reggie focused on making our tour a great learning experience, he also knew the best locations for photos.

– hupricvonangst, TripAdvisor
Irene was Awesome guide

We lucked out and got Irene as our guide on a 4-hour private tour and we learned so much. She taught us about the history and Navajo beliefs all along the trip. She is a true treasure.

– Tom R, TripAdvisor
Spoiled my wife

Spoiled my wife with a private tour, and it was terrific thanks to our guide, Harris Hardy. He was extremely knowledgeable and personable as well. Highly recommended. BTW, we stayed at the Thunderbird Lodge and were very happy. Tried Navajo food at the Best Western, which was also very good...not surprisingly since 90% of the patrons were Navajos.

– Kit P., Yelp!
Richard was an outstanding tour guide

We had our tour with Richard. We drove through the canyon and would stop every 5-10 minutes to get out of the car to get close up views of some of the paintings. Richard not only knew a ton about the canyon, but he also was extremely knowledgeable about the Navajo Nation in general. I highly recommend this tour to anyone looking to learn more about this monument!

– Steven A., Yelp!
Excellent Tour

We recently took a Canyon De Chelly Tour, with Richard T. as our guide! We truly enjoyed the canyon - but Richard's knowledge of not only the canyon, but also of the Navajo people, was what made the tour really special!

– Cec M., Yelp!