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What We Offer
Unforgettable Hiking Vacations
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What we offer is specific - unforgettable hiking vacations - but our focus is broad in terms of destinations and trip styles. We have a tour that fits nearly anyone who loves to hike in world-renowned, breathtaking landscapes. For people seeking solitude, wildness and adventure, a backpacking trip is a sure choice. Folks interested in a backcountry experience but without the heavier packs should consider one of our stock/porter supported trips. For people seeking an outdoor experience but with showers and comfortable amenities, a basecamp trip is an excellent choice. And for guests interested in really living it up while getting great hikes in, our inn-based trips are wonderful options. Regardless of what you're looking for, it's very likely we have a trip for you!

Spectacular U.S.A. Destinations

When it comes to U.S.A. destinations, our goal is to provide amazing hiking experiences in the United States' most spectacular wild areas. And we're well on our way to meeting that goal! Our current destinations include the Grand Canyon, Havasu Falls, Utah National Parks, Sedona Red Rock Country, Yellowstone (including the Wind River Range and Jackson Hole), Yosemite (including Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks), the Pacific Northwest in Olympic and Mount Rainier National Parks, the Colorado Rockies, and the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee and North Carolina.

Magnificent Global Destinations

When it comes to global destinations, our commitment is to provide unforgettable trekking vacations to the world's most wild and magnificent places. These trips are operated by Wildland International, which the founders of Wildland Trekking teamed up with veteran international guide Seth Quigg to establish. Our current global destinations include Peru, Patagonia, Ecuador, Iceland, European Alps, Nepal, and Kilimanjaro.

Our Team
Extraordinary Guides
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The quality of your guide is the single most important factor that creates a truly fantastic experience on any outdoor adventure tour. It's for this reason we are committed to hiring and training the best guides in the industry. To ensure this we seek out career-minded guides, evaluate them on a 7-day guide course, have them shadow senior guides, and conduct periodic staff trainings.

In addition to technical competency and credentials, we also require excellent people skills. These extraordinary men and women have the ability to turn a great get-away into an unforgettable, inspiring - and sometimes truly life changing - adventure. Meet our staff.


All guides are required to have:

  • Wilderness First Responder or EMT medical certifications
  • Extensive experience and proven competence with backcountry travel and guiding in area of expertise
  • NAU Backcountry Environmental Health Certification (Food Handlers Permit)
  • Certifications in Leave No Trace outdoor ethics

Support Team

Our support team consists of more than twenty exceptional staff members who fulfill a variety of roles including helping guests via phone and email, coordinating logistics, screening, preparation coaching, training staff, managing gear and vehicles, driving shuttles, running non-emergency evacuations, creating schedules and a lot more! These folks are the behind-the-scenes people who are instrumental in making it all work.

our mission
  • 1
    To Facilitate Exceptional Hiking Experiences

    We put tremendous intention into ensuring our trips are exceptional with extraordinary guides, top-of-the-line gear, smooth logistics and fantastic cuisine!

  • 2
    To Enrich People's Lives

    Helping people "get out" into the stunning landscapes we visit is inherently enriching for our guests, and to work in these beautiful places is a dream come true for our guides.

  • 3
    To Contribute to the Conservation of Wild Places

    We donate significantly to conservation efforts worldwide, and we partner with organizations to further this part of our mission.

Read more about our mission ; or check out a list of reasons why to chooose Wildland Trekking for your next hiking adventure!

Company History and Vision
The Dream
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The Wildland Trekking Company was founded in 2005 by Brad Ball, Steve Cundy, and Scott Cundy, all long-time guides and outdoor enthusiasts. Steve and Brad worked together as state foresters in Northern New Mexico in the late 90's, and it was while driving around inspecting timber sales in the San Juan Mountains that the dream of starting a guide company was hatched. Several years later, in 2005, the company was officially formed in a partnership that also included Scott, Steve's brother.

The dream was to start a business doing what we loved, to provide a workplace where guides could do what they loved, and to introduce as many people as possible to the wonder, adventure and joy of hiking and backpacking in the world's national parks and wild lands. We ran our first official Wildland Trekking backpacking trip in 2006.

In 2015 we partnered with veteran international guide and outdoor instructor, Seth Quigg, to form a partner company called Wildland International, the global arm of our operation that runs trips in Peru, Ecuador, Patagonia, Iceland, Nepal, the Alps, and Kilimanjaro.

Wildland Trekking Today

Today we accommodate more than 10,000 guests annually. We operate hiking and backpacking tours in over 20 parks and wilderness areas in 9 different U.S. states, and in 9 countries. We run a variety of "trip styles" including tent-based and inn-based hiking tours, backpacking trips, portered trips, llama-supported treks, and ski and snowshoe tours. We employ more than 180 staff and have 8 operational bases in Arizona (Flagstaff and Sedona), Utah, Montana, California, Colorado, Washington and North Carolina. And we donate than tens of thousands of dollars annually to conservation and non-profit efforts worldwide.

Vision for the Future

Our goals are to continue to reach more and more people through our hikes, and to introduce them to what for us is an essential part of a life well-lived: connection with the natural world. Our specific vision is to enrich 15,000 people's lives annually through exceptional hiking experiences in U.S. and global national parks and wilderness areas. Additionally, our intention is to increase our contributions to conserving wild places.

hiking guest testimonial 1

On a business trip to the States from Australia so I decided to add in a little adventure sightseeing and signed up for the rim to rim Canyon tour with Wildland Trekking. So glad that I did! It was the most wonderful tour - the guide was knowledgable and safety conscious, food and equipment were great and the Canyon was magnificent. I highly recommend this to travellers from all over the world.

- Yasmine McCafferty
hiking guest testimonial 2

I debated on whether to hike the Grand Canyon with a guide or not and I'm glad I found Wildland Trekking and was amazed with our guide. It was 100+ degrees outside for most of the trip, and Alex knew the perfect times to walk the trails when we'll be mostly in the shade. And he knew of many off-the-trail creeks and streams that we could cool off in. Also his knowledge on geology and the history of the Canyon was superb. Without that knowledge, I now can't imagine hiking the Grand Canyon without a Wildland guide.

- Derrick Brooks
hiking guest testimonial 3

Absolutely the trip of a lifetime! We enjoyed every single minute. The guides were terrific and getting the know the other people in the group added to the experience. The best part was finding out that we could do things physically that we never imagined we could do - climbing and so on - what a kick! Truly a memorable vacation.

- Lee and Linda Thompson
hiking guest testimonial 4

My hiking trip to Havasu Falls was excellent. Our group had 2 guides, Chris and Ashley, who were knowledgeable, fun, very organized and great cooks! My only regret is it wasn't long enough! I would definitely choose Wildland Trekking for another hiking experience.

- Corliss Larson