This is our ever-changing tour calendar. You'll notice we guide all over the western United States. This year we've ordered trips by place with links to the tour's sponsor for more information and to sign up. Which of us is guiding the mentioned tour is in parentheses. In some cases we are the second guide and will join the tour if participation rises over 8 people or so. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions about a particular trip.


HIKING UTAH’S PARKLANDS

Hiking Utah's Parklands, now in its third year, is a fully fledged, smooth-running, trip for active hikers. The tour's focus is to genuinely experience the backcountry of six select National Parks and Monuments while relaxing at night in the best hotels with the finest food.  The tour achieves this by hiking/walking six to ten miles every day and keeping driving miles to a minimum while avoiding tourist laden pullouts and overlooks. So if you want to see the backcountry of these desert parks (Arches, Canyonlands, Capital Reef, Zion, Bryce, and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument), get a little exercise, and avoid most of the crowds this is the trip for you. 

2019 Departures

April 27 - May 5 (Kurt as second guide)

October 6-14 (Kurt)


ZION AND BEYOND

Zion And Beyond one of our favorite Off The Beaten Path tours and is very popular with our regular clients. The tour samples Bryce and Zion National Parks and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument along with a brief stop at Cedar Breaks National Monument if weather permits. The tour itself involves hiking/walking three to six miles most days, exact lengths and trails dependent upon weather and client abilities, and driving to highlights and points of interest. Interpretation of the complex geology and desert ecology is a big part of my Zion And Beyond tours while touching on settlement history with just enough background into current controversies. This tour is an excellent introduction to the desert southwest.

2019 Departures

April 20-26 (Kurt) I’m only guiding one Zion and Beyond trip in 2019 but it happens to be over my favorite time period.


SEASONS OF YOSEMITE

What can one say about Yosemite National Park other than you have to see it to believe it. Between it's fascinating geology, incredible vertical landscapes, waterfalls of all sizes and shapes and Yosemite's seemingly endless vistas, there is a surprise around every corner. This year's itinerary still includes a brief side trip to Sequoia National Park at least until Yosemite re-opens Mariposa Grove after much needed restoration. This season we have one departure that Kurt is leading. May is the very best time for waterfalls and wildflowers.

2019 Departures

May 12-17 (Kurt)


HIKING OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK

Olympic National Park contains some of the most diverse environments anywhere. This tour explores the only true temperate rainforest in the lower forty-eight states, mixed beach and rock seashores, montane spruce-fir forests, and alpine ridges overlooking the Pacific Ocean on one side and glacier topped mountains on the other. Honestly, this is hands down Kurt’s favorite trip in the Off The Beaten Path Catalog.  The trip entails hiking four to ten miles a day, except for travel days to and from Seattle, while keeping driving time to a bare minimum. Staying at oceanside Kalaloch Lodge and inland lakeside Crescent Lake Lodge means we only have to pack up twice and can concentrate on experiencing Olympic National Park. Late June is the ideal time wildflowers and bird diversity, while early September is best for possibly seeing Elk and other large wildlife. People rarely think of Olympic National Park when contemplating a vacation, let us show you why Olympic should be at the top of your list. This is an active trip focused on hiking so bring your adventurous spirit.

2019 DEPARTURES

June 23-28 (Kurt)

September 8-13 (Kurt)


CROWN OF THE CONTINENT

Glacier & Waterton National Parks

Glacier National Park is an old friend for us. We can’t even guess how many times we’ve guided in this gorgeous country and never get tired of it. Great views, fabulous wildflowers and the best chance of seeing both grizzly and black bears anywhere in the lower 48 states. Kurt’s with two versions of this tour in 2019. The Off The Beaten Path version makes a loop that includes a fantastic portion of British Columbia and shows off more of the region’s diversity while providing a flexible schedule Kurt can adapt to changing weather, wildlife activity and client abilities. The National Geographic Expeditions version is a bit less active, does not make a loop, but adds an interpretive boat tour on Lower Waterton Lake and a short raft trip on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River. Both are great introductions to the Crown Of The Continent.

2019 DEPARTURES

July 7-12 (Kurt) National Geographic Expeditions

August 25-30 (Kurt) Off The Beaten Path


BIG SECRET, BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK

Here’s a National Park we don’t get to guide very often yet thoroughly enjoy every minute we’re there. A mountainous, cactus filled desert with wetlands and bordered by the Rio Grande River. Big Bend’s bird list includes 450 species, said to be more than any other United States National Park. Adding an extensive list of reptiles and an impressive mammal list promises loads of sightings for wildlife enthusiasts. The mining and settlement history, geology and a wild assortment of wetland and desert plants … let’s just say there is something for everyone in Big Bend.

2019 DEPARTURES

NOVEMBER 2-8 (Kurt & Eve)