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

Where to Stay in Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon National Park is one of the West’s most beautiful and unique places to hike. This geologic wonder, known for its astounding concentration of “hoodoos”, is open year-round. There are, of course, certain times of the year that are better to visit Bryce Canyon than others, but that’s another article. So, where should you…

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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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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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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 inbetween. But what else is built into the price of a guided hiking tour? Here are some of the benefits you can expect when hiring a guide. Experience At Four Season Guides, we vet our…

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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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