National Parks

National Parks really are America's Best Idea. Diverse in geology and geography, they are all areas of outstanding natural beauty and often home to a variety of flora and fauna that is seen nowhere else, not to mention the abundance of outdoor adventure opportunities. The question of which is the best national park is hotly debated. Honestly, we don't think it's a question that even makes sense. The best national parks are the ones where you feel a sense of connection and being at home. All we can tell you is that the national parks we visit are all places we love and eagerly look forward to visiting again and again.

The Art of Mountain Hiking - the Rockies - FULL
July 22, 2017 – July 28, 2017

If you long to hike in the mountains but lack the knowledge and skills that only come from years of experience, this trip is for you. During these five days we combine mountain hiking in Colorado with instruction in everything you need to know: basic technique, clothing and equipment, conditioning and nutrition, safety considerations, trip planning, weather, and navigation with map and compass.  $795  Rating: 1 [2]  3  4  5

Hiking and Rafting Glacier National Park - FULL
July 29, 2017 – August 5, 2017

Glacier National Park is truly one of the crown jewels of the National Park System. Famous for having more glaciers than anywhere in the lower 48, it is also known for an astounding array of jagged peaks, wildflowers, and abundant wildlife. We'll hike some of Glacier's classic trails, take a day trip to Waterton Park, and finish with an exciting whitewater raft trip on the Flathead River. Please join us for a week of fun, challenge, and beauty during our week in Glacier National Park. Price: $2895  Rating: 1  2  [3]  [4]   5

Peaks and Paddling in the Pacific Northwest
August 12, 2017 – August 19, 2017

Can't decide whether you prefer mountains or beach, boats or hiking? Experience all of these - and more - as we spend a week exploring the beauty of Olympic National Park. Olympic National Park, one of the gems of the Pacific Northwest, is beloved for its spectacular scenery and amazing array of ecosystems. Often referred to as "three parks in one," Olympic National Park encompasses miles of beach along the wild Pacific Coast, the towering peaks of the Olympic Mountains, and an incredible variety of old-growth and temperate rain forests. On this adventure, we'll use hike and kayak as we sample the best the park has to offer. $2395  Rating: 1  2  [3]  4  5

Exploring Utah's National Parks in Fall - FULL
September 24, 2017 – October 1, 2017

Southern Utah is home to some of the most well known national parks and monuments, and each has its own special magic and unique attractions: Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, and Capitol Reef National Parks and Goblin Valley State Park. Day hikes are a great way to explore this magical area and on our "tour du parks" you will gain a new appreciation of the diversity and beauty of southern Utah's geology. On this trip we extend a special invitation to women over 50 and to anyone who prefers an option for leisurely shorter hikes. $2350  Rating:2  3 4  5  


Champs Appalachian Trail Lodge to Lodge Custom Trip
September 29, 2017 – October 6, 2017

There are many ways to hike the Appalachian Trail: day hikes, slackpacking, backpacking, and hut to hut. On this trip,  we do it in style! We'll go lodge to lodge, staying in the lovely and very different lodges that are conveniently spaced along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, while our luggage is transported by van. This part of the AT is well-graded and well-maintained, with plenty of challenge as well as opportunities to enjoy both the views and the hiking.   $1800  Rating: 1  2  [3]  [4]    5  


Backpacking The Grand Canyon - FULL
October 8, 2017 – October 15, 2017

The Grand Canyon is truly one of the wonders of the world, and its exploration is not to be taken lightly. Once away from the crowded rim, we travel primitive paths, gather water from springs, marvel at the power of the Colorado River, sleep under the stars, and experience the beauty of the Canyon and our own insignificance. Backpacking experience required. $1595 Rating: 1  2  3  4  [5]


Hiking Lodge to Lodge on the AT in Fall - FULL
October 22, 2017 – October 27, 2017

There are many ways to hike the Appalachian Trail: day hikes, slackpacking, backpacking, and hut to hut. On this trip, however, we do it in style! We'll go lodge to lodge, staying in the lovely and very different lodges that are conveniently spaced along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, while our luggage is transported by van. This part of the AT is well-graded and well-maintained, with climbs rarely exceeding 500 or 1,000 feet, so it is excellent for novice hikers and anyone who enjoys vistas and abundant wildlife. $1795  Rating: 1  2  [3]  [4]    5  


Hiking Bryce and Zion National Parks
October 27, 2017 – October 31, 2017

Sometimes you just want to fit in as much hiking in a short period as you possibly can, and that is what we have planned for this four-day getaway. We spend three nights in Zion with a day trip over to Bryce for one of its premiere hikes. The cool weather and quiet of late fall are delightful for hiking.  $1425  1  2  3  4  5    

Hiking Bryce and Zion National Park - FULL
November 1, 2017 – November 5, 2017

Sometimes you just want to fit in as much hiking in a short period as you possibly can, and that is what we have planned for this four-day getaway. We spend three nights in Zion with a day trip over to Bryce for one of its premiere hikes. The cool weather and quiet of late fall are delightful for hiking.  $1425  1  2  3  4  5    

Death Valley Delights - February
February 15, 2018 – February 19, 2018

Death Valley is the perfect antidote to the winter blahs! In February the skies are clear and sunny (but not too hot!) and the hiking is excellent. Then there is the fascinating geology, unique ecology, and equally engaging human history. If you long to put away your down jacket and put on your shorts, feel warm sun on your deprived skin, and be totally immersed in a place that has a mythic status for many of us, join us as we explore one of our newest National Parks with a professional geologist. $1725 Rating: [2]  3  4  5

Death Valley Delights - March
March 7, 2018 – March 11, 2018

Death Valley is the perfect antidote to the winter blahs! In February the skies are clear and sunny (but not too hot!) and the hiking is excellent. Then there is the fascinating geology, unique ecology, and equally engaging human history. If you long to put away your down jacket and put on your shorts, feel warm sun on your deprived skin, and be totally immersed in a place that has a mythic status for many of us, join us as we explore one of our newest National Parks with a professional geologist. $1725 Rating: [2]  3  4  5

Wildflowers & Waterfalls: Exploring the Great Smokies - FULL
April 15, 2018 – April 21, 2018

Spring weather is notoriously fickle in the Great Smokies, but spring wildflowers are not! The diversity of flora and fauna is truly exceptional and your guides know where to find the best wildflowers and the most spectacular views. And by mixing our hiking with a day of whitewater rafting, we experience the full spectrum of the extraordinary variety of ecosystems that exist here. Everyone gets her own private room in our huge luxury cabin on this trip. On this trip we extend a special invitation to women over 50 and to anyone wanting leisurely hikes.  $1975  Rating: 1  [2]  3  4  5   

Exploring Utah's National Parks in Spring - FULL
April 22, 2018 – April 29, 2018

Southern Utah is home to some of the most well known national parks and monuments, and each has its own special magic and unique attractions: Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, and Capitol Reef National Parks and Goblin Valley State Park. Day hikes are a great way to explore this magical area and on our "tour du parks" you will gain a new appreciation of the diversity and beauty of southern Utah's geology. $2450  Rating: 1   [2] [3]  4 5  

Hiking Lodge to Lodge on the Appalachian Trail
May 20, 2018 – May 25, 2018

There are many ways to hike the Appalachian Trail: day hikes, slackpacking, backpacking, and hut to hut. On this trip, however, we do it in style! We'll go lodge to lodge, staying in the lovely and very different lodges that are conveniently spaced along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, while our luggage is transported by van. This part of the AT is well-graded and well-maintained, with climbs rarely exceeding 500 or 1,000 feet, so it is excellent for novice hikers and anyone who enjoys vistas and abundant wildlife. $1795  Rating: 1  2  [3]  [4]    5