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Jan 10th, 1999, 07:21 PM
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John gough
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Monument Valley, canyon de Chelly, Painted Desert etc

We are planning to travel East from the N. Rim of the Grand Canyon to see some of the other natural/Native American sites in Arizona or nearby before returning to Las Vegas via Flagstaff. Does anyone have acommodation and length of stay suggestions please? Many thanks.
 
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Jan 10th, 1999, 08:06 PM
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Definitely stay overnight at the canyon and Monument Valley. Goulding's Lodge is the ONLY place to stay close to entrance to Monument Valley...phone#801-727-3231. You can take the afternoon tour, three hours, from there...I believe it was approx. $30 and absolutely spectacular. Goulding's has a restaurant so you can have lunch, tour, dinner and then breakfast before you leave.
 
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Jan 10th, 1999, 08:13 PM
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Canyon de Chelly is cut into the sandstone with nearly vertical walls.
The floor of the canyon is quite dry and sandy. There are views from the top that overlook the canyon floor.

To tour the floor of the canyon, you MUST go with a guide and ride on an open air truck/cart. The tour is interesting in that the history is told from the Indian side. The description of the branch canyon called Canyon del Muerto is effective because you get a different view. When we went, I sensed that the guide was not going to backup and repeat his spiel. so there were few questions and not much interaction between guide and tourists. Often he used little marks on the canyon wall as points of reference to locate other points of interest. If you missed the first point of reference, like a dark stain or a small cleft in the wall, you probably would miss the ultimate objective. Others contributing to this topic in prior months have told a somewhat different story.

At each point that we got off of the cart (or truck), Indian women would appear as if by magic to sell us jewelry. No pressure, but they were there. The town nearby has limited accommodations. There were two motels in the town that rated 3 stars in the AAA guide. The one we stayed in was fine, but I don't recall the name.
The Thunderbird motel is close to the park entrance.

For other accounts, run a search. This topic appeared several months ago and is probably still in the archives.
 
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Jan 10th, 1999, 10:29 PM
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Monument Valley and Canyon de Chelly are both definitely worth a stop, and actually I'd recommend doing the full day tour of both.....as noted in above posts, the tours are done by Native American guides. I guess we were luckier than the above post in that we felt free to ask questions, and the guides were very helpful. Then again, we went in November when the tours weren't very crowded! Gouldings as well as Thunderbird Lodge are both nice places to stay as well as being in close proximity to the reason you're there in the first place! Gouldings has lovely, sweeping views of Monument Valley. You might, if you haven't already, want to ready some of Tony Hillerman's books before you go for some insight into the Navajo culture.....it's "painless" education in that his plots are great as well! Have a good trip!
 
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Jan 11th, 1999, 09:10 AM
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When are you going? The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is closed until mid-April due to snow. You will be at 8,000 ft., plus or minus. The road from Jacob Lake southward is closed from Oct. to April; check with AAA. Otherwise, go east and south to the Navajo Bridge and on to Page. The best place to stay in Canyon de Chelly is at Chinle, unless you decide to stay in Page and drive over. It's all high country; 7,000 ft. or so. We ran into snow one night at Chinle in late April.
 
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Jan 11th, 1999, 05:12 PM
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Many thanks indeed for all the excellent responses to date. We are going in early June and foud that Gouldings was already fully booked on the day that we wanted but Best Western Wetherill Inn at Kayenta still had a few rooms left.(Phone 520 697 3233).

Certainly points up the need for very early booking!
 
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Jan 11th, 1999, 05:48 PM
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Keep trying for Goulding's, call often, it is much closer to Monument Valley and far superior to anything in Kayenta.
 
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Jan 11th, 1999, 07:39 PM
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There's a motel in Mexican Hat. Also others farther north in Blanding and Monticello. Kayenta is a pit-stop; accent on pit. But Gouldings is numero uno -- great spot, pretty good dining room when we were there, quiet 'cause it is off the highway. June is a great time to go there. E-mail us if we can help.
 
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Jan 12th, 1999, 06:27 PM
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Ask Gouldings if they have a waitlist, if not keep calling. It is well worth it. Several years ago we where discouraged when they were booked up, but we were able to get a room close to our travel date through a cancellation. It's one of my favorite places, very special location.
Another great spot is Mesa Verde, if you have time.
 
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May 20th, 1999, 11:30 AM
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in addition to goulding's, there is a small b&B called fire tree (on other side of mesa from goulding's).
 
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