Ken's tour: We walked in and got two reservations right away in late October. At the entrance you have to pay $8/person fee and the tour is $20/person.
A tour guy takes on 10 people and walk to the valley. Walk/climb down three sets of steep stairs and the beautiful rock formations are all over you face.
We didn't have the luck to see any sun beams, but we are still very satisfied. The walk is short but you have to constantly stop for pictures. We spent in the valley around 1 hour and 45 minutes. The tour guy said summer is not good because of the crowds.
While the canyon is breathtaking it clearly being managed not with preservation in mind but rather profit. They squeeze the people in like cattle. The entire cavern is a. Giant single file line. The guide knew which camera setting were ideal which is great but seemed to know nothing beyond the basics about how the canyon was formed or the history of the area. It's a photo op not a hike.
The tour was amazing! Make sure you have cash on you because you will get charged 3% for using credit or debit ($8 per person to park and $20 for an adult for the tour). Our tour guide was awesome and showed us all the cool spots to take pictures and took them for us! I'd recommend doing it at least once. About an hour and 15 mins through the canyon tour. Use the chrome filter on your iPhone to take pics because it captures the colors well! Enjoy!
I'd be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed. The canyon is incredible. Surreal. But how it's managed kills the magic. I paid extra for the photographer package, so I got the extra time to wonder and shoot around, yet I still felt rushed and overly directed by the guide. That said, the landowners aren't doing a bad job of it, I just hope they adjust and improve their methods over time. It's a spectacular thing, worth checking out.