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Discover your adventure travel trip with Four Season Guides. Backpack, hike and explore hidden places in America’s southwest.

5 Best Places to Get Your Southwest Instagram Selfie

If you have spent any time on Instagram, you have probably noticed a few of the same beautiful landscapes showing up over and over. Many of these places are located in the Southwest. The blue pools and waterfalls, slot canyons with orange light pouring into them, slickrock expanses, swimming holes, deep canyons or horseshoe-shaped river […]

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Waterfalls in the Desert

Finding a waterfall in the desert is just…magical and awe-inspiring. It’s unexpected, displaced and it makes the stark surroundings of stone and heat simply delightful. Waterfalls hidden in the desert have been slowly discovered and mapped over the years. Some are kept secret so that they don’t become large tourist attractions, while others are just […]

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A Three-Day Weekend Hiking the Grand Canyon

If camping out isn’t for you, nor backpacking, yet you want to see the Grand Canyon up close, you might want to opt for Four Season Guides’ Grand Canyon Phantom Ranch Hiking Tour. Here is the scoop: It only takes 3 days, which is a nice long weekend for many. The distance is 23 miles […]

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Grand Canyon Hiking Vacation: The Five Most Popular Ways to Explore the Grand Canyon On Foot

When searching for a place to vacation, it often doesn’t occur to people that they can plan a hiking or backpacking tour. While some vacationers enjoy a nice day on the beach or staying at resorts, many others love the opportunity to get outside and commune with nature.   The love of nature, the Southwest, […]

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Which Grand Canyon Rim is the Best?

For every 10 visitors who arrive at the Grand Canyon, nine will go to the South Rim and one will head to the North Rim. Since the first sightseers arrived in stagecoaches in the 1850s the Grand Canyon has essentially meant the “South Rim.” When the railroads arrived a few decades later and began building […]

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Living the Good Life on the Floor of Grand Canyon at Phantom Ranch

  No single architect is more identified with buildings in a single national park than Mary Jane Colter is with the Grand Canyon. Her use of on-site fieldstone and rough-hewn wood at the Arizona landmark became so emblematic of park structures across the country that it eventually became known as “National Park Service Rustic.” Of […]

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Four Season Guides Gears Up To Celebrate 20 Years in Business

Four Season Guides, located in Flagstaff, Arizona is gearing up to celebrate 20 years in business as a tour operator. The business, which is located in Northern Arizona, not far from the Grand Canyon, is both locally owned and owner-operated. When people hear the brand “Four Season”, they often confuse it with the resort – […]

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Visiting Natural Arches of the American Southwest

Nothing says the “American Southwest” quite like a natural stone arch. These wondrous outdoor rock sculptures, souvenirs from millions of years of desert erosion, are the highlight of any Utah adventure – and have the advantage of fitting colorfully into a camera frame. Writer Edward Abbey stoked the craving for stone arches in his seminal […]

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Hiking the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

As Joni Mitchell once famously sang, “You don’t know what you’ve got’ til it’s gone.” Most people had never heard of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument until the Trump administration announced it was planning to shave nearly one million acres from the Utah public lands. It’s not gone yet and there is still plenty of […]

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Hiking the Grand Canyon

If there is one thing the Grand Canyon can be counted on to provide – it is inspiration. Visitors arriving for their first glimpse at one of the true wonders of the natural world will want to walk as far along the South Rim as time and energy permits – the entire Rim Trail runs […]

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