Tour Information

More details about customized tours and extra fees and discounts.

Fees and Discounts


Entrance Fee: There is a $2.oo cash fee upon entry to the canyon payable to the Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation Department. Please plan accordingly.

Pet Care Fee: Pets are not permitted in the canyon, with the exception of service dogs (must have paperwork). We offer professional pet care for a fee of $10 per hour.

Extended Tours Fee: If you would like a longer tour, we are happy to accommodate you. Please call for pricing on extended tours.

Cash Discount: We offer a discount of about 10% for customers paying in cash. Online bookings must be paid by card; please call to take advantage of this discount.

Cancelation Policy: Please call to cancel a booking as soon as possible. If you do not show up for your tour, a $75 cancelation fee will be charged to your card.

Crafts and Concessions: Bring cash if you would like to purchases Navajo craft or concessions during your tour.

Tour Recommendations


The Canyon De Chelly is especially beautiful in the summer and winter months. We recommend driving along the south rim and stopping at the overlooks on your own in the morning, and joining us for a tour on the canyon floor during the late afternoon. Before your tour, we also recommend watching “Canyon De Chelly, Through Navajo Eyes,” a film by Leon Skyhorse Thomas, to gain context and understanding of the canyon’s history.

A window in the middle of a cliff wall

Seasons and Weather

During Bad Weather, inquire about the conditions in the canyon.

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.

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 it may become driveable again before the day is over.

Overnight Campouts in the Canyon


Overnight Campouts include one Navajo guide for every 10 guests, expert advice on camping sites, and an evening’s worth of stories about the canyon. Campers must bring their own tents, food, and other camping equipment. Call to book.

Details


Price: Starting at $165.00
Duration: About 24 Hours
Ages: All ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by adults.
Application: Call 928-674-5500 30 days ahead to apply with the NPS.

A view of the White House Ruins

Tours and Services


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 Ancestral 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.

Ventana Mesa and Painted Cave Tours
Venture outside of the Canyon De Chelly for these seldom visited locations which have unique geology, arches, pictographs/petroglyphs, and plentiful ruins.

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.

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 an individual case by case basis. Please contact us if you are seeking these services for yourself or your group.