No one knows our trips better than the guides who lead them. Below is a list of the Guide's Choice Trip for each of our destinations, and a short description of why. Feel free to give us a call at 800-715-4453 to learn more.
The Hermit Loop Hike was chosen largely because of its fantastic combination of accessibility, solitude, sheer beauty and diversity of scenery. As a level 4 difficulty hike, it lends itself to a wider range of abilities than the New Hance Loop Hike or similar North Rim hikes, yet it's solitude and diversity of scenery are hard to beat. It also features fossils, Native American remnants, and early Grand Canyon settlers' stories that make for great educational opportunities!
Because the Grand Canyon is such a popular destination and there are so many hikes to choose from, we elected to add a 2nd Guide's Choice trip. The guides selected the Grandview Loop as the second trip they'd most prefer to lead. The reasons were many, but can be distilled down to three words: solitude, wildness and moderation. Even quieter than the Hermit Loop, the Grandview captures well the untamed nature of the Grand Canyon, yet doesn't require strenuous hiking. The mileages are moderate but rugged and the views are indeed grand!
With four Havasu Falls Trips to choose from (the 3-day and 4-day tours, the Havasupai Premier,
and the Summer Tour) the 4-day tour was overwhelmingly selected for one primary reason: the area deserves four days. Havasu Creek and its five waterfalls make for fantastic hiking, swimming, photography and exploration. It can easily - and justifiably - fill up four fantastic days.
It's the Boulder Mail Trail's grand diversity and extraordinary solitude that makes it the preference of the guides. The route - which we always have almost all to ourselves - follows deep canyons, stays along creeks, climbs up to cooler high country, and traverses signature Utah slickrock. It also features an amazing natural bridge, spring-fed creeks, sandy beaches, and lots of natural and cultural history. For a guide it doesn't get much better than leading guests for four days through country like this!
The Heart Lake to Snake River Loop has nearly everything that's amazing about Yellowstone's backcountry from a guide's perspective. Thermal creeks, remote rivers and lakes, awesome solitude, abundant wildlife, and a rewarding peak ascent combine to make this one of the most entertaining trips to guide. It's also a point to point hike, so no backtracking, which is something most guides - and guests - really appreciate.
The High Sierra Loop brings Yosemite to life in a way that the guides love. For most of them, the high country of Yosemite is the place to be in the summer. And the cool temperatures, exciting hiking, majestic scenery and fantastic camps of this trip are truly hard to beat.
Guiding a trip over the Continental Divide in Rocky Mountain National Park isn't working, it's playing and loving every minute of it! These mountains are true mountains - sheer, rugged towers of rock and ice with alpine lakes and tumbling, crystal clear streams. Their ominous, jagged peaks inspire feelings of humility and adventure at the same time, while their treeless slopes and wondrous wildflowers conjure strong sensations of peace and tranquility. It's a selfish reason the guides chose this one - it's because they'd like to be there more often.