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“A melding of culture & scenery”
Review of Keya-Hozhoni Tours

Keya-Hozhoni Tours
Ranked #6 of 7 things to do in Kayenta
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Reviewed 17 July 2012 via mobile

What a terrific day! Two parents in their late 50's & three teenage girls spent 8 hours touring Monument Valley & Mystery Valley with Keya Hozhoni Tours.

We toured Monument Valley in an open vehicle in the morning & toured Mystery Valley in an SUV in the afternoon.
Our guide, Tulley Begay, was phenomenal!! He could accomodate the desires of the parents & the teenagers. He stopped everywhere for photos. He took the teens rock climbing. He gave us all an insight into Navajo culture. He took us to meet Suzi Yazi, a Navajo elder. This was a touching experience for all of us. At the end of the day, EVERYONE was happy--you can't ask for more than that when travelling with teens!

If you are travelling as a family, a private tour with Keya-Hozhoni Tours is worth the cost!! They know Monument Valley & they are family oriented! Tulley Begay is a phenomenal guide and a genuinely good & compassionate man!

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Reviewed 1 July 2012

Great web page, and for all I know they might have been a great tour company, but I call twice, left message and return phone number, and got nothing. For me, this tells me, they don't care, they have enough business. Pretty sad. If I only called once, maybe, but not twice.

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Reviewed 13 November 2011

Altough it seems you can do (or at least attempt to do) the 17mile drive through Monument Valley yourself, we're glad we didn't do it ourselves. We took a two and a half hour private tour, for which we payed 75$ per person, which was fair (and quite a bit cheaper than other tour guides). Our guides were Ray and Carla and both of them were very kind. They were not rushed at all, but gave us the time to explore at every stop they made. They also provided lots of information on the sights we passed and showed us the best places to take pictures. The tour offers you a way to see more of Monument Valley than the 17 mile drive does. We absolutely recommend this tour company: if you want to explore Monument Valley, they are excellent guides. And just a reminder: there is one small booth at the parking lot of the Visitor Center (the View hotel) and it seems like the tour companies take turns there. So make sure to hook up with the right company.

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Reviewed 27 September 2011

We spent a day in Monument Valley. The fantastic tour we took with this company mitigated the horrible experience we had at Goulding's RV Park. While waiting for our planned guide to show up at the View (they never showed), we met Carla, one of the guides. She is fantastic, personable, knowledgable, and really knows how to give an interesting tour.

Our tour group was only 4. Carla would stop the vehicle any time we tapped on the roof so that we could get out and take pictures (in addition to her normal planned stops). From what we could see, other tour groups who went with Goulding's tours were being herded en masse like cattle. It's better to go with a smaller company like this. At one of the stops, she bought fried Indian bread for herself, but gave everyone in the vehicle a piece to try! It's the little things that make an experience memorable.

Carla did not rush us, and in fact she kept us out for 3 hours on the scheduled 2.5 hour tour. Nevertheless, Carla managed to get us back to the Mittens for some fantastic sunset photographs. I would highly recommend Carla as a guide, request her if you can. Do NOT book a tour with Goulding's.

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Reviewed 13 September 2011

We signed up for a 2.5 hour tour with this company on Sep 3, 2011.

Our guide, Dan, was a polite and decent man, but just not suitable for the role as a guide. He did point out shapes of rocks, pointed out where to get good photos and offered to take some of ours. But we hoped to learn something more and he was not able to explain any of the history of the area and Indian culture or the meaning of some of the rocks. Infact when we questioned his information was incorrect, eg he said that the Ancestral Pueblo peoples petroglyphs was millions of years old, coming from Mesa Verde we knew that was not true. For some reason towards the end he did not stop at spots like Artists Point. I asked a couple of times, but then just gave up.

Here are the positives of the experience:
--My husband and I were the only ones on the tour, so we got to enjoy monument valley together.
--Second since it was 2.5 hour tour we got to see some arches that we would not have seen if we had driven.

Tip - remember the tours are usually in open air trucks, so it gets very dusty out on the road.

Monument valley is beautiful, go with someone else and get value for the $65 that you will spend on a tour. Perhaps the tours with Tom himself would be a better experience.

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