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Guided Hiking Tours and Backpacking Trips

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Mission and Philosophy
Mission Statement

Our Mission Statement is:

"To provide exceptional hiking vacations to the world's most beautiful and wild landscapes, and to contribute significantly to the conservation of these special places."

In pursuit of this mission we strive to follow a business philosophy that guides our day-to-day operations. This philosophy is broken down into four generalized areas that inform our company culture and decision making.

4-Part Business Philosophy

1. Enjoy Work on a Daily Basis

Enjoyment of our work comes from a passion and belief that providing hiking and backpacking tours into majestic landscapes is meaningful. For the guides, leading these trips as a profession is a dream come true. It would be difficult to find more inspiring "workplaces" than the backcountry of the Grand Canyon, Havasu Falls, the Greater Yellowstone Area, Utah's Canyon Country, Calfornia's Sierra Nevada Range, the Great Smoky Mountains or the Colorado Rockies. Many of our guides spend 150+ nights in the backcountry annually, and they wouldn't have it any other way!

For those of us in managerial and administrative roles, we're proud to be part of a business built on win-win relationships where, literally, everyone involved is enriched in some way. Whether it's a guest or guide out on the trail, a local hotel owner, an employee of one of the parks where we operate, or one of our non-profit partners, our goal is that everyone involved is positively impacted by the trips we operate.

2. To Provide Impeccable Customer Service

Customer service is a commitment to management style and professionalism. It's a cornerstone of any well-run business and an essential part of providing a quality experience for our guests. We have a team of 10 adventure consultants who rotate to cover the phones and emails 7 days of the week. They all have previous or current experience guiding and know the outdoors well. They're ready any day of the week to help you plan your trip! We also have a 24-hour on call line for guides and guests who need immediate assistance.

3. To Enrich People's Lives

Enrichment of our guests' lives comes from the services we provide - from the form, rhythm, and renewing qualities of the beautiful and wild places in which we work. Simply "being out" awakens a part of many of us that's gone dormant from living around artificial lights, the noise of civilization, the demands of daily life, and a lack of wide open spaces. Our commitment is to run Unforgettable Hiking Vacations, and those are important words to us. Our goal is that the trip you do with us sticks with you for years to come, and every time you think back on it you feel a sense of fulfillment, inspiration and accomplishment. And even more importantly, we hope your trip sparks in you a desire to keep getting out whether it's on more of our trips or on your own.

4. Use Our Business as a Tool for Conservation

Unlike the first three areas, the fourth, that of conservation, is a bit more complex. This complexity relates to diverse societal values toward the land, onerous and contradictory land management policies, and complicated legal and political barriers to reform.

Societal values toward the land are diverse, but for many people there is no identity with nature, no intimate, direct experience with place. For these souls there is generally no realization that a connection with nature can help them to better realize their potential as humans, or that modern civilization is mounting an unprecedented assault on the natural world. In these cases exposure to the natural world can help to create an emotional identification with the land that can motivate day-to-day action on behalf of the places we love.

Emotional identification with the land is often a first step toward conservation, but it's not enough to simply love a place; effective environmental reform also requires scientific, legal, and political know-how. For example, resource management is often guided by science, but also by administrations with varying agendas. Because of this it is imperative that citizen activists and non-governmental organizations hold government and businesses accountable for their actions. We must, as stewards of our children's and grandchildren's planet, be willing to jump in and "fight the good fight" to protect what's left of the Earth's natural resources and wild places. It is our dream that these special places will be preserved and cherished by many generations to come!

Our Partners in Conservation

The Wildland Trekking Company was born from a passion for wild and beautiful land. We promote conservation and protection of the environment not from a sense of duty or obligation, but from a joy that stems from the privilege we've had in experiencing some fantastic landscapes. We're attempting to do our part by partnering with the following organizations that we strongly believe in.

If you're interested in helping protect one of the national parks we operate in, we heartily recommend becoming a member of an appropriate organization below.

  • The Greater Yellowstone Coalition

    The Greater Yellowstone Coalition (GYC) was founded in 1983 on a simple premise: An ecosystem will remain healthy and wild only if it is kept whole. Since that time, they have emerged as America's Voice for the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and are extremely active in supporting the biological integrity of this amazing region.

    We support GYC by donating thousands of dollars annually and running educational adventure trips that raise money to fund their efforts.

  • Grand Canyon Association

    Grand Canyon Association (GCA) is the official nonprofit partner of Grand Canyon National Park, raising private funds to benefit Grand Canyon National Park, operating retail shops and visitor centers within the park, and providing educational classes and programs about the natural and cultural history of the region.

    We are corporate sponsors of GCA by donating a minimum of $5,000 annually. We also support them in their new membership goals.

  • American Hiking Society

    For more than 35 years, American Hiking Society (AHS) has been at the forefront protecting the nation's trails and the hiking experience.They work towards ensuring that hiking trails and natural places are cherished and preserved for us and for future generations as well.

    As a guest of Wildland Trekking you’re eligible for a discounted membership of $30 to the American Hiking Society. Benefits include a free subscription to Backpacker Magazine; American Hiker, AHS’s quarterly newsletter; opportunities to join members-only Volunteer Vacations; contribe to the establishment, protection, and maintenance of hiking trails and the environment. To get started, give them a call at 301-565-6704 and be sure and tell them you're one of our guests!

    We are corporate sponsors of AHS and cooperate with them on various fund-raising efforts.

  • The Conservation Alliance

    The Conservation Alliance is a group of outdoor industry companies that disburses its collective annual membership dues to grassroots environmental organizations. They direct donor funding to community-based campaigns to protect threatened wild habitat, preferably where outdoor enthusiasts recreate.

    We are members of the Conservation Alliance, donating several thousand dollars to regional grass-roots conservation efforts annually.

  • American Rivers

    American Rivers protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers, and conserves clean water for people and nature. Since 1973, American Rivers has protected and restored more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and an annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® campaign.

    We are Guide/Oufitter members of American Rivers, donating a minimum of $1,000 annually.

  • Wild Horse Ranch Rescue (WHRR)

    Wildhorse Ranch Rescue was started in 1995 by Kim Meagher (pronounced Ma-her), an employee of Intel Corporation. She and her two young children, Nick and McKay, accidentally found out about the plight of homeless horses in the United States. They rescued horses privately from 1995 until 2000. But even with their efforts, they could not save very many horses. Kim applied for, and received non-profit status for Wildhorse Ranch Rescue (WRR) and with the help of many people, WRR has been able to help save many horses from death, abuse and neglect.

    We make significant annual donations to WHRR to assist with helping and rescuing horses in Northern Arizona.

  • Sustainable Travel International

    Sustainable Travel International is committed to working with governments, companies, NGOs, and communities to support and help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. For thirteen years, they have been developing, testing, and sharing their inclusive methodologies, tools and knowledge to enable self-directed sustainability for the travel and tourism industry.

    We are members of Sustainable Travel International and make significant annual donations.

  • Willow Bend Environmental Education Center

    Willow Bend is a nonprofit environmental education center founded by the Coconino Natural Resource Conservation District. Their mission is to provide education outreach services that build environmental awareness and an ethic of responsible stewardship of our natural and cultural resources. They are dedicated to nurturing a sense of place through hands-on education programs.

    Willow Bend is a local, Northern Arizona organization we take great pride in supporting by donating thousands of dollars annually.