This is a different company from the one owned by leon skyhorse, who only does tours in a vehicle. Our experienced hiking tour guide was Daniel, a friendly, knowledgeable, native-Navajo-speaking, quiet, man with a good sense of humor.
He met us in front of the visitor center, showed us our hiking options on the map inside, had us follow his car to the overlook where our hike would end, drove us in his car to the overlook we would be starting from, and then lead us on a three-hour hike, the length we requested. once you get to the bottom of the canyon, you walk on flat, sandy ground, not too hard. The hardest part was hiking out of the canyon. There was one outhouse stop on our hike.
He was hesitant to speak a whole lot unless we asked him questions, so we asked him many questions about plants, rock formations, anasazi dwellings, navajo history, navajo culture, etc., and he answered them all well.
The canyon looks so beautiful from inside, and you get excellent views of the ruins and petroglyphs. It is much more impressive when you are in it, looking way up at the tiny people on the rim. We caught glimpses of the way people and their livestock live in the canyon today (beautiful roaming horses! Flock of sheep and sheep dogs!) After the hike, we drove him to the overlook where his car was parked, where we payed him the $25 per hour plus a tip. You pay in cash.
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