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To get the most out of a visit to the Hopi mesas, it is best to take a guided tour. With a guide, you will learn much more about this rather insular culture than you ever could on your own. Tour companies frequently use local guides and stop at the homes of working artisans. This all adds up to a more in-depth and educational visit to one of the oldest cultures on the continent.

Bertram Tsavadawa at Ancient Pathways Tours (tel. 928/797-8145; www.experiencehopi.com/tourcompanies.html) specializes in tours to Hopi petroglyph sites. These are sites that are not open to the public unless you are with a Hopi guide. Three-hour tours cost $75 for adults and $35 for children under 18; 6-hour tours cost $165 for adults and $85 for children. One-hour tours of Old Oraibi ($15) can also be arranged. Micah Loma'omvaya of Hopi Tours (tel. 800/774-0830 or 928/206-7433; www.hopitours.com) offers 1-hour tours of Oraibi for $25 per person, 2-hour petroglyph tours for $35 per person, 3-hour driving tours for $50 per person, and 4-hour rock art tours for $65 per person. Half-day and full-day tours are also available. Half-day and full-day tours are also offered by Gary Tso of the Left-Handed Hunter Tour Company (tel. 928/734-2567; lhhunter68@hopitelecom.net). Half-day tours cost $120 for two people, and full-day tours cost $265 for two people.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.