Hiking tours into the Grand Canyon. Rim to Rim, Bright Angel Loop, South Kaibab – with our without mule support.

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The Best Hikes of 2016

The new year is always a time for putting together lists. With so many diverse and wondrous trails in the United States there will never be a consensus of the “best” hikes but there are some that do tend to show up on every list. We consider the following to be the Best Hikes of…

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What is a Lodge Based Adventure?

Having the opportunity to hike into the depths of some of the Southwest’s most gorgeous and unique regions doesn’t require hauling a large backpack around nor camping.   At Four Season Guides a Lodge Based Adventure won’t include personal butlers and crystal goblets but these multi-day hikes won’t fall into the category of “roughing it”…

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Training For Your Next Hiking Adventure

We stuffed the turkey and then proceeded to stuff ourselves. Now with another month of holiday treats and sweets ahead, I think we will all be needing a bit of shaping up before 2016’s big hiking adventures. Perhaps you have planned your own backpacking excursion or maybe you have signed up for a guided hiking…

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The Value of Bucket Lists

Once upon a time they were simply goals. Then the popular media got a hold of them and they became “books to read before you die.” And Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson dropped them into a “bucket list” of things to experience before they shuffled off this rocky planet.   Bucket lists filled with goals…

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America’s Deserts and Their Appeal

  Everyone knows what deserts are: Flat, Brown, Barren. Oh, and hot! These are the horrible landscapes where only rattlesnakes and scorpions live (although you rarely see either). And don’t forget all those prickly, thorny plants. Why is it the case then that so many folks are eagerly planning and anticipating their upcoming desert adventures…

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Fall in the Southwest

This time of year, it is New England that gets all the attention from travel planners for its famous fall foliage. That’s OK. Here in the Southwest, where we enjoy amazing colors and light all year round, we can begrudge the Easterners their one month in the spotlight. But fall in the southwest is a…

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Guided Backpack Adventures With Four Season Guides

Exploring Havasu Falls in Arizona’s Grand Canyon. Amazing blue-green waterfalls pour over massive limestone cliffs and hydrate this lush canyon oasis. Hike through winding desert canyons, towering layers of red rock, a remote village inhabited by the Havasupai and camp along the banks of beautiful Havasu Creek. A few of our guests share their experiences…

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5 Best Uses of Duct Tape When Backpacking

By any reckoning the three greatest inventions of mankind are fire, the wheel and duct tape – not necessarily in that order. Duct tape when backpacking will certainly be the most versatile tool you drop into your backpack. Let’s explore some of its uses. 1. First-Aid. A piece of duct tape can do duty as…

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Training for Your Trip: Hiking Boots – It’s All About the Fit

  Feel your toes wiggle. That is when you know you have discovered the hiking boot for you. A comfortable hiking shoe should feel snug and supportive around the heel but up front there should be room for your toes to stretch out a bit. When shopping for hiking boots go prepared with the socks…

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