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Guided backpacking trips including Grand Canyon, Utah, Havasupai, Yosemite and more.

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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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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Backpacking Trips in America’s Southwest

Is there anything people do for fun that is more disagreeably named than backpacking? Loading weight on one’s back and lugging it up long slopes, not to mention the chafing straps, blisters, dreary food, getting lost… “Backpacking vacation” sounds like the ultimate oxymoron.     So how is it that backpacking trips are so popular? […]

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Adventure Travel: Yep, It’s Now Officially ‘A Thing’

If you are a regular hiker or backpacker or kayaker who frequently heads out to wilderness trails you may be somewhat bewildered that the world has given a name to your activity – adventure travel. There is now even an Adventure Travel Trade Association with over 1000 members to help folks find the roads less […]

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Grand Canyon Tours in the Fall

We here in the Southwest know the score. The Northeast and the mountains get all the ink when it comes to fall destinations in the travel guides. We’re used to it. But you know what? Those sugar maples and oaks and birches put on the same show every year. Grand Canyon Tours in autumn, when […]

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Backpacking Foot Care Tips for the Trail

We have all heard about athletes “playing through pain.” It usually refers not to constant irritation but when a specific movement is required – throwing a ball, making a particular sports move and so on. In hiking it is different. If you have a foot malady you are in pain EVERY time you step. So […]

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