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Paria Canyon Hiking

Explore the Paria Canyon/Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness, home to varied geologic features and narrow canyons including the world’s longest slot canyon.

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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All Inclusive Guided Backpacking Trips: Less Stress and More Cool Experiences

  It all seems simple enough. There is an itinerary and a starting point and an ending point and destinations. But what is really built into the price for a guided hiking tour? Here are some of the benefits you can expect when hiring a guide…   Experience   At Four Seasons Guides we vet […]

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Trips With Pack Animal Support

  John Hance liked to tell stories. Big stories. His favorite was that he dug the Grand Canyon himself and piled up the rocks and dirt out by Flagstaff. He was too modest to name the mountains after himself so they call them the San Francisco Peaks today.   Hance came to the Grand Canyon […]

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What is a Basecamp Adventure?

  Admit it. As much as you love backpacking there are those days when you wish you could just end a long day of hiking at a great campsite that’s already set up and you can just kick back and relax. That is the attraction of the basecamp experience – a scenic campsite outfitted with […]

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Paria Canyon – Only 20 People Allowed Per Day

The federal government does not designate its public lands without forethought. If a “national park” is created it is intended to be visited. If a “wilderness” is designated the land is intended to be preserved. That is why places like Zion and the Grand Canyon are designed to handle many thousands of visitors a day. […]

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Backpacking Vacations with Four Season Guides

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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Training For A Backpacking Trip - Four Season Guides

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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Bucket Lists

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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The beauty of deserts in the United States

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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Four Season Guides backpacking in Utah and the Grand Canyon.

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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