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Totem Pole at sunrise
photo, Linde Waidhofer
  “I wanted to write to thank you once again for the wonderful experience that you gave us, to me and to all my photo workshop students, on the Cloud Ridge photo trip last week. As one of the participants told me, on our last morning, ‘It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.’ I think we all felt like that. A whole week of camping and photography in Monument Valley, and not one dull or wasted moment!
   “You did a superb job of showing us the private as well as the public side of Monument Valley. And, thanks to your understanding of the way the desert light changes, hour by hour, and day by day, you always seemed to get us to the right spot at the right moment. Bravo!
   “I hope to return to Monument Valley often in the future, and I’m looking forward to spending more time with you. Really, Tom, you are the most gifted and sensitive photographic guide I have ever met or worked with. I plan to recommend you and your guiding services to all my photographer friends and colleagues with great enthusiasm!”

Linde Waidhofer 
Western Eye Photography 

“Tom is the nicest person and so very accomodating and considerate. He helped me carry my equipment up to high places; he would find good spots for me to photograph and then while I was photographing, he would walk short distances away and look for other spots or lighting or vegetation, etc.; he would make suggestions for photographing. While we were driving from place to place, he gave historical information about the Valley and its people. He is an extremely knowledgeable, soft-spoken and interesting person.
   “When it was time for me to leave Monument Valley I really felt that Tom and Christa were friends, not just tour operators. I still feel that way, and I think of them often.”

Ruth Leyden 
North Reading, Maryland 

“Von unserer Amerikareise zurück ist es uns ein Anliegen Euch zu schreiben, denn es war wunderschön bei Euch, und wir danken nochmals für die wunderschöne und interessante Führung durch Euer schönes Land. Die Eindrücke, die man hatte, waren ganz groß und unvergleichlich schön, wir werden es nie vergessen ...”

Lilo und Heinz Hammann 
Deutschland

"Please accept this letter as an endorsement of Tom Phillips' company, Kéyah Hózhoní Tours. Mr. Phillips, his wife and assistants aided me with a project in March 2000 on behalf of Dunlop and Toyota of Germany. These two companies designed the Dunlop Iron Drivers Cup and sent 55 people from Germany to the United States to participate in a road rally, press coverage and other activities.
   "Kéyah Hózhoní Tours arranged filming permits, access to private land at Monument Valley, and organized an elaborate dinner, entertainment and breakfast at the same spot. In my opinion, their activities were the highlight of the entire 8-day trip. In fact, the final film and print coverage was superb because of their efforts.
   "It required a unique and extremely rare combination of talents to succeed with this project in Monument Valley. The Phillips’ knowledge of Navajo, German and English was invaluable. In addition, the Phillips and their assistants demonstrated an unsurpassed knowledge of Native American, Anglo and German cultures, and thus insured our success in Monument Valley. It was very demanding to coordinate activities for competitors, press and support personnel, but the Phillips succeeded with everything.
   "Part of our project entailed using a helicopter to film 25 Toyotas of various types as they entered Monument Valley. Mr. Phillips organized everything necessary for the success of this project. His efforts thoroughly delighted the media and the driving contest participants. In final discussions after the event’s conclusion in Las Vegas, nearly everyone said that Monument Valley was the best part of the competition. This fact is astounding when one considers that the group also visited a ranch, Prescott, Sedona, the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, southwestern Utah and Las Vegas!
   "I worked as the international marketing manager of the Arizona Office of Tourism for five years, and it is my firm belief that Kéyah Hózhoní Tours offers on of the best tourism products in the entire state of Arizona. I recommend this company without hesitation for anyone working in Navajoland. I worked with more than 150 people during this project, and meeting the Phillips was a highlight for me. They are wonderful and very talented people.
   "If you have questions, please E-mail me at CDSGlobal@aol.com or phone (602) 463-4027.

Christopher D Scheffman
International Consultant

"I want to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to Tom Phillips and his Keyah Hozhoni Tour. The all day photo tour Tom gave me is one of the true highlights of my photography experience. Tom is an outstanding photographer who understands the beauty of light and how it enriches the magnificent landscape of Monument Valley. During my trip through this magical land Tom pointed out photo opportunities and made suggestions that were very helpful. At the same time however, he also made sure I had the time to study this country and express my own creative instincts. In addition to his photography skills, Tom is a very friendly, informative guide with a vast knowledge of the history and geography of the Valley. This is the ultimate tour of Monument Valley. Any photographer, pro or amateur, who truly wants to capture the beauty of Monument Valley, needs to explore it with Tom. I plan to return again soon. I know there are new photo opportunities out there."

John Newman
Longmont, CO 

    
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Carlos & Carl Phillips

P. O. Box 1695
Kayenta AZ 86033 USA
Carlos' phone: 928 429-0665
Carl's Phone: 928 429-0040
Ray Begay: 928-429-0042
email: carl@monumentvalley.com