Central Navajo Fair Tour From Phoenix | Season of Festivals | August 21-26, 2018
Fall 2018 travel dates: Pre-night at Tempe Mission Palms on August 21, 2018. Tour departs Tempe, AZ on August 22, 2018 and returns to Tempe, AZ on August 26, 2018.
Celebrate native culture during the Central Navajo Fair. This 6-day, 6-night tour visits Montezuma’s Castle, Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon, Navajo National Monument, Monument Valley, Canyon de Chelly and Sedona. The highlight is a Central Navajo Fair tour, a celebration of Navajo culture with a parade, carnival, pow wow, and song & dance. This tour is guided by DETOURS Native America owner and intertribal expert, Donovan Hanley.
- Small group tour with up to 13 passengers – no crowds!
- The best historical lodging available – no lines!
- Custom touring vehicles with individual leather captain’s chairs that recline, plenty of legroom and flatscreen TV
- Expert guides who are CPR and FirstAid certified
- Breakfast, lunch, one hosted dinner and pre-night at Hotel Albuquerque included in tour price!
$2,590 per person for double occupancy.
$2,590 per person (double occupancy) Includes guided tour, lodging, breakfast, lunch, one hosted dinner, entrance fees and taxes
Cancellation and Payment Policy
Tours canceled within 35 days of departure will be charged in full.
A 10% non-refundable deposit will be taken by credit card at the time of booking.
Private Tour Option
This tour can also be operated as a private tour. Contact a tour specialist for details.
Our vehicles are designed to carry up to 13 passengers in individual leather captain’s seats. Groups range from 8-13 passengers.
Our guides have many years of experience in leading tours throughout the American West. Their knowledge and enthusiasm will ensure that everyone gets the most from each destination.
The hotels will be 3-4 stars. The accommodation has been chosen to give passengers the best access to the surrounding areas. For those traveling alone there are single occupancy rates available.
This tour offers a wide range of walking opportunities, which require a reasonable level of fitness, mostly due to possible elevation changes. The level of activity can be suited to and catered for almost all levels of fitness. It is not an activity holiday, just an active holiday.
Individual luggage must be kept to a maximum of one piece of luggage less than 40 pounds. It is recommended to travel with a small day pack for easy access to camera, sun block, and clothing. We advise our clients to pack as lightly as possible.
September temperatures in the region offer almost perfect weather but can vary by season. We recommend our guests bring a light jacket in case of occasional showers.
Post Tour Accommodation Packages
Post tours packages are available through your travel agent.
Travel insurance is a vital aspect to booking a holiday, giving you protection against unforeseen circumstances that could otherwise spoil your holiday. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that properly covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking.
Terms and conditions will be provided and must be agreed upon separately for this tour.
Native Festivals Tour | Central Navajo Fair | August 21-26, 2018
Day 1: (included in tour cost) Arrive in sunny Phoenix, AZ where your guide will meet you for an informal welcome drink at the airport and discuss the upcoming tour. Transportation will be provided to Tempe Mission Palms so you can settle in and get a good night’s rest before the four-day tour departs on August 22nd.
Overnight at Tempe Mission Palms in Tempe, AZ
Day 2: After a beautiful drive through the Arizona Sonoran Desert, we’ll have a brief look at Montezuma’s Castle National Monument. This was one of the first four sites that Theodore Roosevelt identified in the Antiquities Act in 1906, enacted to preserve and protect the historical and cultural significance of each. It’s a testament to the Sinagua culture’s 400 year presence in this ‘oasis’ along Beaver Creek. Horseshoe Bend is next and offers one of the most iconic views of the Colorado River. A short walk to the overlook will leave you breathless. The Lake Powell Resort is our first night out and offers unparalleled views of the buttes and islands, enhanced when we board the tour boat to tour Lower Antelope Canyon through the twisting and turning sandstone formations.
Overnight at Lake Powell Resort in Page, AZ
Day 3: To start the day, we’ll join our Navajo guide to hike Lower Antelope Canyon and experience one of the most beautiful slot canyons in the southwest. The honey-colored slots are a special place for the Navajo, much like a cathedral, and very much a spiritual experience for many. The next tour stop will be Navajo National Monument where we will enjoy a peaceful walk along the Sandal Trail to the Betatakin Ruins overlook for awe-inspiring views of an ancient civilization. On to Monument Valley for a tour into the heart of this collection of spires and monuments in the late afternoon light. We’ll take our time to experience this timeless western destination, away from the crowds.
Overnight at Goulding’s Lodge in Monument Valley
Day 4: After an optional sunrise walk and breakfast we’ll head north into Utah to visit the Sand island Petroglyph site along the San Juan River, a wealth of ancient rock art. Our small group will travel south again to Chinle for an afternoon at the Central Navajo Fair for arts, crafts, dances and local food. This represents an authentic tribal experience, and your guide will lead the way. This is a flexible day so the guide can ensure the best access to the event for a day to remember. Thunderbird Lodge is at the mouth of Canyon de Chelly and is the perfect base for our visit.
Overnight at Thunderbird Lodge in Chinle, AZ
Day 5: We’ll join our Navajo guide for an early morning tour of Canyon de Chelly into the twists, turns and ruins deep into the canyon. Many locals continue to live and farm the canyon, so our visit will show appropriate respect to their home. Another visit to the Central Navajo Fair to enjoy a beautiful Native American celebration before a scenic drive to Hubbell Trading Post. Built in 1878, Hubbell Trading Post is the oldest operating trading post on the Navajo Nation. The local Navajo continue to trade here, which makes it a living Historic Site. Finally onto Route 66 and Winslow, Arizona for our final night at the famous La Posada Hotel. The location is significant as it sits on Route 66, the original highway system of the United States. Relax for a hosted dinner tonight to celebrate the journey, and plan the next one!
Overnight at La Posada Hotel in Winslow, AZ
Day 6: Today we’ll travel west to Flagstaff along Route 66 and into the scenic Oak Creek Canyon and Sedona for lunch. The famous red rock formations surrounding Sedona are some of the most photographed on earth. Many people believe that the area is a vortex, allowing energy to either enter or project out of the Earth’s plane. Only you can decide if that energy is real! The return to the Phoenix area takes us back through the Sonoran Desert and finally to the Valley of the Sun to connect you to your flight or continue your visit at a local resort. Return home refreshed and renewed after this celebratory trip!
Pre-night in Tempe, AZ included. Post-night in Tempe, AZ available upon request.
Double occupancy lodging in a 3-4 star hotel/lodge throughout the tour including pre-night at Tempe Mission Palms in Tempe, AZ
Meals: all breakfasts, all lunches and one hosted dinner
Unlimited bottled water
Entrance fees to National Parks, State Parks, Tribal Parks, or other named activities
Experienced, professional tour guide and driver and local step on guide services when required
Additional third party tours and activities not listed above
Meals not listed above
Incidental hotel fees
DETOURS Tours offers small group touring in our custom vehicles featuring leather captain’s chairs for maximum comfort.
Because DETOURS travels with a maximum of 13 passengers, this allows us to take a flexible approach and take full advantage of touring opportunities in the American West.
Due to the developing tourism industry in the area, changes can and do occur in this type of program. Weather conditions, sometimes severe enough to limit where we can drive or walk, can also alter the program. As visitors, we will respect this, and remain flexible and open to local conditions, safety concerns and unforeseen opportunities. Our guides will do their best to keep things on track and in the event that our schedule changes, they will try to keep disruption to a minimum, consider your wishes, and organize other options as far as it is reasonable and practical to do so.