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Benefits to Spending Time Outdoors

From our human roots of hunting, gathering, and gardening, we as a people have always spent time outdoors. In today’s society, with computers and smartphones at our fingertips, we can order or experience most things with the click of a button. This doesn’t disguise the fact that ‘spending time outdoors’ is coming back in style. […]

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Staying Hydrated When Hiking in the Desert Southwest

Summer temperatures in the southwestern U.S. can be extreme. And though there are certainly cooler times of year to go hiking and backpacking out here, when planned thoughtfully and carefully, a hike can be extremely enjoyable. But one of the most important elements is proper hydration and nourishment. Too many people miss at least one […]

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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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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 Canyons

Magnificent. Magical. Mysterious. Those are all words used to describe hiking in the canyons of the American Southwest. It begins with the Grand Canyon, two billion years in the making, and filters down to the many box canyons and slot canyons scattered across the landscape that few know, and even fewer are fortunate enough to […]

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What It’s Like to Take a Guided Hike

“These are special places where nature still calls the shots.” That is how the United States Forest Service describes 109 million acres of wilderness under its guidance – a swath of land greater than the size of California. There are questions the Forest Service poses in preparation to visiting these “special places”: How reliant are […]

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Solotravel

Traveling Solo? There’s a Hiking Group Waiting For You

Henry David Thoreau once observed, “The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait until that other is ready, and it may be a long time before they get off.” Now, over 150 years later, so many contemporary travelers are planning and embarking on their own adventures that […]

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Grand Canyon Hiking

Let’s Go Backpacking: Picture Yourself Here

  You’ve seen all the incredible photographs of the American Southwest. Everyone has. The waterfalls. The sunsets. All those surreal colors in the towering rock layers. But can you really imagine yourself in that selfie? The research, planning and logistics of it all can seem so daunting.   All of the guides at Four Seasons […]

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