Canyon de Chelly Hiking Trip

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Activity
Hiking
Destination
ArizonaCanyon de Chelly
Tour Length
​4 days, 3 nights
Accommodations
Basecamping
Guide Type
Guided
Difficulty
Moderate

AOA is now a part of the REI Co-op and in 2020 this trip will no longer be available. You can book a similar trip directly through REI. It will still be operated by the same great guides who call the Southwest home.

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Join our guided hiking trip in Canyon de Chelly for 4 days of camping and exploration in the remote landscape of the Navajo Nation. On this adventure, our expert guides are joined by a Navajo guide that can lead us far beyond the reaches of the general public. By staying within the canyon surrounded by monumental sandstone cliffs and ancient ruins we will gain a rare and unique perspective of this sacred Navajo land.

Perfect for groups of friends, active families, and single travelers, this guided adventure of Canyon de Chelly provides comfortable camping, access to areas not open to the public, high adventure, and all the difficult logistics! With food, available rental gear, and the complex details taken care of you can relax and enjoy your vacation.

What's Included

AOA is now a part of the REI Co-op and in 2020 this trip will no longer be available. You can book a similar trip directly through REI. It will still be operated by the same great guides who call the Southwest home.

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Permit & Land Use Fees Include

  • Navajo commercial use and entry fee
  • 2 nights Canyon de Chelly land use fees
  • Navajo Parks and Rec Fee

Not Included ​​​​​​​

  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Air transportation to and from Phoenix/Scottsdale
  • Pre- or post-trip lodging
  • Breakfast or lunch Day 1, dinner Day 4
  • Sleeping bag (available to rent from AOA)
  • Day hiking pack (available to rent from AOA)
  • Gratuities to AOA Guides

Upgrades + Additions

Solo Accommodations Upgrade – $100 pp

All accommodations are shared occupancy by default. Purchase this upgrade to have a tent to yourself.

Gear Rental

  • Sleeping bag rental ($35 pp)
  • 30 to 40 liter daypack ($15 per pack)
  • Trekking poles (complimentary upon request)

Optional Additions

  • Purchase: 3-liter Camelbak reservoir/bladder ($35 each)
Optional upgrades, additions, and rentals subject to tax (8.05%).

Rates

2019 Rates

  • TOUR PRICE $ 1695 pp 1695 pp
  • +Permits & Land Fees $ 73 pp* 73 pp

2020 Rates

  • Trip not offered in 2020 $

AOA is now a part of the REI Co-op and in 2020 this trip will no longer be available. You can book a similar trip directly through REI. It will still be operated by the same great guides who call the Southwest home.

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Dates

AOA is now a part of the REI Co-op and in 2020 this trip will no longer be available. You can book a similar trip directly through REI. It will still be operated by the same great guides who call the Southwest home.

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9:00 am – Meet your guide at the Holiday Inn Express in Old Town Scottsdale. After a brief orientation we depart for Canyon de Chelly with a few interesting stops along the way. After a brief lunch stop in historic Payson Arizona we’ll descend out of Tonto National forest and into the Painted Desert. Once in the picturesque Painted Desert we take a worthwhile detour to Petrified Forest National Park.13,000 years of human history and an incredibly preserved fossil record of the Triassic Period make the Petrified Forest a playground for the curious and we’ll take a few hours to explore it’s secrets. Tonight we’ll stay inside the National Monument at the Thunderbird Lodge where we find ourselves poised for an efficient start to our journey into Canyon de Chelly. We’ll think of the Thunderbird Lodge as a gateway into this sacred land for the Navajo people and soak up as much of the history and culture as we can.

Hiking

2-4 miles

Canyon de Chelly Lodging

Overnight at Thunderbird Lodge

Meals

Breakfast on your own, lunch and dinner included

After a hearty breakfast at the Thunderbird Lodge we acquire our permits and meet our local Navajo guide. Our gear will be transported for us into the canyon so today we hike with only our daypacks. We start our hike at an incredible overlook at the top of sheer sandstone cliffs. After about 3 miles on a narrow descent we will have lost nearly 1,000 feet of elevation before settling into the canyon floor. Your guides and the incredible sights will continue to awe you as we wind our way through the canyon on our way to our basecamp home for the next two nights.

Hiking

6-8 miles

Canyon de Chelly Lodging

Camping at our remote basecamp

Meals

All meals included

Over the last 5,000 years this sacred land has been home to the Archaic people, the Basketmakers, the Ancestral Puebloans, the Hopi, and now the Navajo people. Today we take the opportunity to explore the remnants of these ancient civilizations along side our local guide who can share the stories and history that has been handed down over millenia. The intricacies and ingenuity of the ancient pueblos and prehistoric rock carving are truly a wonder to behold and tonight we return to our camp full of new insights and tales of great cultures.

Hiking

6-10 miles

Canyon de Chelly Lodging

Camping at our remote basecamp

Meals

All meals included

On our final morning together we soak up our last breathtaking sunrise before starting our ascent out of the canyon. After a delicious guide prepared breakfast and coffee we begin our hike. Our hike takes us about 5 miles and up 800 vertical feet before arriving at our conveniently shuttled van. On our return to Scottsdale we take a lunch break in historic Winslow off old Route 66 before returning to the Sonoran Desert and into Scottsdale.

Hiking

5-6 miles

Lodging

On your own tonight

Meals

Breakfast and lunch included, dinner on your own