Fees and Discounts
Entrance Fee: There is an $8.oo cash fee per person payable to the Navajo Parks and Recreation Department before entering the canyon. Your guide and a member of your party must sign the Backcountry Permit prior to entering the canyon.
Navajo Nation Tax: The current tax rate is 6%.
Extended Tour Fees: If you would like a longer tour, please call for pricing on extended tours.
Canyon de Chelly is especially beautiful in the summer and winter months. We recommend driving along the South and North rims and stopping at the overlooks in the morning, then joining us for a tour in the canyon during the late afternoon. Before your tour, we highly recommend watching “Canyon De Chelly, Through Navajo Eyes,” a film by the late Leon Skyhorse Thomas, to gain context and understanding of the canyon’s history.
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 floor from December through February. In past years, the advent of winter often closed the canyon to visitors. The weather in the last few winters, however, have been mild.
As your tour date approaches, we recommend checking the forecast for: Chinle, AZ 86503.
Overnight Camp-outs in the Canyon
Overnight camp-outs include one Diné guide for every 10 guests. Our guides provide expert advice on camping sites, as well as an evening’s worth of stories of the canyon. Campers must bring their own tents, food, and other camping equipment. Call to book.
Price: Starting at $250.00
Duration: Approx. 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.
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 Ancestral apartment complex constructed under an arching overhang in the weathered sandstone. At Antelope House Ruin, colored pictographs 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 fields that are still farmed by canyon 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.