Canyon de Chelly (pronounced D’Shay) is entirely owned by the Navajo Tribal Trust of the Navajo Nation. It is the only National Park Service unit owned and managed by another entity in this manner.
There are two drives along the North and South rims of the canyons which are open to the public, however to get to the canyon floor you need to hire a Navajo guide.
We chose Beauty Way Tours as they had great reviews, and our guide David Senior was both informative and entertaining. Definitely opt for the top-down tour, and if you’re there in shoulder season as we were then you better bring your layers to bundle up – because it gets cold!
It appeared that most of the tourists that we did see were just passing though as they did a National Park tour, probably coming from Arches and the Utah parks and heading to Petrified Forest and the Grand Canyon.
Beneath the Cottonwoods
Taking It In
White House Among the Red Rock
Red and White