MAGNIFICENT VISTAS ~ MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES ~
NAVAJO TRADITIONS & CULTURE
Day 1 - Travel to the northeast corner of Arizona, arriving at the historical Cameron Trading Post for lunch on your own. Take time to explore the extensive gift shop and admire the antique furnishings. Following lunch, the scenic route leads to Gouldings Lodge, the accommodations for this evening. Enjoy spectacular views of Monument Valley just outside the lodge, and visit the Trading Post Museum. The museum is both a showcase of varied artifacts and a glimpse into a bygone era. Goulding’s Lodge is not just a famous locale for Old West movies, but is also steeped in a rich history of trading, tourism, and culture. Watch a classic John Wayne western filmed right in the valley. The evening is unscheduled to relax, have dinner and enjoy the ambiance. Gouldings Lodge has a heated indoor swimming pool.
Day 2 - Explore Monument Valley up close and personal with a Navajo guide during your 2 1/2 hour ride into the valley. Experience one of the most majestic, and most photographed, points on earth. This great valley boasts sandstone masterpieces that tower at heights of 400 to 1,000 feet, framed by scenic clouds casting shadows that graciously roam the desert floor. The angle of the sun accents these graceful formations, providing scenery that is simply spellbinding. The landscape overwhelms, not just by its beauty but also by its size. The fragile pinnacles of rock are surrounded by miles of mesas and buttes, shrubs, trees and windblown sand, all comprising the magnificent colors of the valley. The awe-inspiring formations have been aptly names: The Mittens, Three Sisters, North Window, and Totem Pole. The spectacular vistas continue through your no-host lunch at the View Hotel, built at the edge of the valley overlooking The Mittens.
After lunch travel to Canyon de Chelley National Park Visitors Center, followed by a drive along the rim with plenty of photo stops. Nowhere in Navajoland is the blend of past tradition and present culture more evident than Canyon de Chelly National Monument. The Navajo people still have a mystical bond to this redstone canyon that cuts an almost tropical path of trees and flowers through the desert. Canyon de Chelly is home to several periods of Indian culture dating from 350 A.D. to 1300 A.D., and the 26-mile canyon's sheer cliffs range from 30 to more than 1,000 feet, providing a spetacular backdrop for hundreds of Anasazi ruins, as well as modern Navajo homes and farms. The visitor's center offers details about all of the canyon's many world-famous sites, including Spider Rock, White House Ruins and Canyon del Muerto.
Check into the Holiday Inn Chinle. The hotel is a part of the historic Garcia's Trading Post. The evening is unscheduled.
Day 3 - Awesome views are today's highlight. Tour Canyon de Chelly with expert commentary from the Navajo driver guide. Travel through the canyon is restricted, and allowed only with an authorized guide. Learn about Southwestern Indian history from the earliest Anaszai basketmakers to the Navajo Indians who live and farm here today. View ruins of Indian villages built between 350 and 1300 AD at the base of sheer red cliffs and in canyon wall caves. Marvel at spectacular rock imagery.
Enjoy a no-host lunch at Thunderbird Lodge prior to beginning the return trip to the Valley.
Dress in layers, it can be cool in Monument Valley and Canyon de Chelly. Don't forget your camera to capture the spectacular views and colors.
$399... Escorted tour includes deluxe motorcoach transportation, 1-night at Gouldings Lodge in Monument Valley, 1-night lodging at the Holiday Inn in Chinle, guided tours of Monument Valley and Canyon de Chelly. $515 single
6:00AM depart Apache Junction.
6:30AM depart Mesa.
Return late evening.
November 16-18 Sat - Mon
4256 E Elwood Street, Phoenix, AZ 85040
Phone Reservations (800) 706-8687