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Brae-Lea E wrote a review Oct 2016
17 contributions17 helpful votes
If your going to monument valley the best way to see it is with a tour -save your car or rental car some serious potential bruises- Although my husband and I are not by any means "photographers" We had an incredible time on the sunrise tour. Watching the sunrise on monument valley was beyond amazing, then followed by multiple other locations you can only get to with a guide. You spend a fair amount of time at each stop so that everyone can really capture it with their cameras. I was only using my iPhone and really enjoyed this time to just take in the scenery and beauty of each location. Our guide was helpful giving us ideas of how and where to take photos, and providing some knowledge about each stop along the way. Our guide also had us at each location before anyone else arrived, he was incredibly on the ball with watching time and knowing where we had to be in order to capture the best moments. We had absolutely no issues communicating with this company! I was nervous after reading reviews below of no shows guides. I called and left a message the day before and Carlos called AND texted me back immediately. As well as when we arrived in the view lobby early our guide was already waiting for us.
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Date of experience: October 2016
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SeldomSeenAsUsual wrote a review Jun 2016
New Mexico196 contributions70 helpful votes
We booked a half-day tour with Keya-Hozohni Tours, also known as Phillips Photography Tours. Our guide was Elliot, a fine young man whose family has lived in Monument Valley for generations. Climbing aboard his Suburban, we went deep into the valley, visiting a weaver, huge alcoves doubling as sheep camps, and petroglyph localities known only to locals. Within cultural limits, Elliot was generous in sharing his knowledge of all things Navajo. And everybody had fry-bread! It was fabulous!! This outfit is highly recommended, as is Mr. Elliot. A note to the uninitiated: avoid booking tours with companies using open-seating trucks. You won't have a chance for intimate conversations with your guides that will greatly expand your appreciation for the valley and its people AND you'll choke to death on dust. Spend a few extra bucks and you'll have a much better experience.
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Date of experience: June 2016
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John_M04537 wrote a review Apr 2014
Boothbay, Maine6 contributions1 helpful vote
I strongly recommend our native american tour guide Ray Begley, 928-429-0042. He is RELIABLE and one of Carl Phillips' guides. We totally enjoyed the 4 hour tour of Monument Valley, parts of it in the back country. Ray is knowledgeable and accommodating. He has taken several professional photographers and groups and has a loyal following. My wife and I recommend the morning tour, early as possible and try to limit it to 1 couple ideally, perhaps two. You travel in a Chevy Suburban. Bring a good camera. Bring water.
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Date of experience: April 2014
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Baycruisers wrote a review Dec 2013
Richmond, Virginia191 contributions80 helpful votes
I made a long-planned photography trip to Northern Arizona and planned for two days at Monument Valley. Some research convinced me that Tom Phillips’ tour business, Keyah Hozhoni, was ideal for me. About a month in advance I confirmed with Carlos, one of the owners, that I could do a sunset tour on one day and a sunrise tour the next morning. A couple of days prior to my arrival I emailed and confirmed. (I would have been happy to have paid a deposit, but they did not request one.) I arrived at the View Hotel and met Ray Begaye, the late Tom Phillips' nephew and my guide at 1:00 PM. It was just me, and we set out for the sunset tour. (It being December, sunset comes early). Ray drove me around the 17-mile loop, but took me into restricted areas that only Navajo guides and local residents are allowed to access. Ray knows photography, so he not only gets you to places, he makes suggestions about composition and exposure without being pushy. He’s also very friendly and open and will educate you about the Navajo tribe, Monument Valley, and anything else you ask him. He was a great guide: patient, helpful and good at keeping us on schedule so we could make the most of the tour. The next morning, three others joined us at 5:45 AM and he drove us around the park for ideal shots of the sunrise and the morning sun lighting up the buttes and rocks. Don’t even think about driving the 17 mile loop in your vehicle unless it’s a high clearance 4WD vehicle and you’re willing to take the chance of damage. It’s physically demanding to drive, as you’re dealing with potholes, rocks, and very rough road, and it will take your full concentration, which means you can’t enjoy the scenery until you stop. One wrong move (especially in the dark) and you can have real problems. If you’re serious about photography I strongly recommend that you hire Ray. It will cost you more than driving the 17-mile loop on your own (which I do not recommend) and you’ll see areas you wouldn’t otherwise have access to. You’ll also learn about the people, the Navajo culture and the history of the Monument Valley, something you won’t get on your own. You’re also supporting the Navajo tribe. Altogether, it’s the full experience. And, if you break the cost down per hour ($250/8 hours + a well-deserved 20% tip), it's really not more expensive than most of the non-photography tours. Take a tripod and remote. You’ll be shooting some long exposures. A polarizer is also a good idea. I suggest one wide-angle lens and one mid-range zoom. I shot with a 12-24mm and 18-200mm (DX format). Dress warmly in winter. It will likely be in the teens before sunrise and it gets cold quickly after the sun goes down. Top and bottom thermals and heavy socks are a good idea. I also recommend good hiking boots. You'll be doing some climbing and hiking. The altitude will tax you a bit, but it's not that strenuous. Take a bottle of water and some snacks. You’re going to be burning the calories.
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Date of experience: December 2013
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TravelinJoe47 wrote a review Sep 2013
Massachusetts413 contributions79 helpful votes
Actually, this tour deserves less than terrible as Carlos, the tour guide, never showed up. A phone call the day before to confirm was basically a voice mail for Carlos to get back to me. He never did. I waited in the lobby f the View for Carlos but he never came! With only two days in monument Valley on my schedule, I was quite upset with wasting time on this operation. Fortunately for me, another tour was picking up at the hotel and could fit me in. i will review Monument Valley Safari Tours in a separate review.
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Date of experience: September 2013
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