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.


Yellowstone National Park

December 29, 2016 - January 3, 2017: Yellowstone Winter Wonders: Off The Beaten Path & National Parks Conservation Association.

(New Year's at Old Faithful with Kurt & Eve - This trip tends to fill far in advance.)

January 11 - 16, 2017: National Geographic Photography Expeditions: Winter Wildlife in Yellowstone (Kurt)

January 27 - February 1, 2017: National Geographic Photography Expeditions: Winter Wildlife in Yellowstone (Kurt)

February 5 - 10, 2017: National Geographic Expeditions: Winter Wonders (Kurt)

February 17 - 22, 2017: Yellowstone Winter Wonders: Off The Beaten Path & National Parks Conservation Association. (Kurt & Eve)

August 15 - 22, 2017: Smithsonian 2017 Total Eclipse (Eve)

Tour Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks for this total eclipse with Dr Charles Alcock, director of Harvard-Smithsonian's Center for Astrophysics. 

September 17 - 22, 2017: Essence of Yellowstone & Grand Teton: Off The Beaten Path & National Parks Conservation Association. (Kurt)


Glacier & Waterton National Parks

July 9 - 14, 2017: Crown of the Continent: Off The Beaten Path & National Parks Conservation Association. (Kurt)

July 16 - 21, 2017: Crown Of The Continent: Off The Beaten Path & National Parks Conservation Association. (Kurt)


Zion & Bryce National Parks

May 6 - 12, 2017: Zion and Beyond: Off The Beaten Path & National Parks Conservation Association. (Kurt & Eve)


NEW! HIKING ORIENTED TRIPS

Off The Beaten Path & National Parks Conservation Association are offering two new itineraries for those interested in more active hiking than our past trips. These outings are shooting for hiking six to ten miles nearly every day, weather dependent, in two of the most beautiful locations the United States has to offer. Of course we'll be supplying our usual natural and cultural history interpretation along the trail as well as hiking tips and assistance. Join us and truly experience our wild lands as intended.

April 21 - 29, 2017: Hiking Utahs National Parks. We'll be exploring Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks! (Kurt)

June 18 - 23, 2017: Hiking Olympic National Park! This is the way to experience Olympic National Park! (Kurt)

September 24 - 29, 2017: Hiking Olympic National Park! This is the way to experience Olympic National Park! (Kurt & Eve)


SECOND GUIDE OUTINGS

Kurt or Eve are second guides on the following tours. It's not that these tours are somehow worse than those for which we are the primary guides. It's that these particular trips need more than eight participants to trigger our participation as second guides. They're listed here so you aren't surprised if the tour is too small to trigger our participation. Or, ask some friends along and push the group size over eight - one of us will be there!

October 28 - November 3, 2017: Big Bend National Park (Kurt)

November 5 - 10 2017: Joshua Tree & Death Valley National Parks (Kurt)


Personal Trips

Every trip, it seems, someone asks us where we travel by ourselves. Often this is followed by helpful advice, suggestions on where to stay or eat, or sometimes by an offer to meet up.  Of course our personal plans are often subject to change but we thought we'd list our intentions here and thereby  solicit helpful advice.

July 23 - August 12, 2017.  We plan backpacking eleven days around Mt Rainier on the Wonderland Trail sometime during this time window. Timing depends upon getting an NPS Permit. We wanted to do this trail in 2016 but the permitting system collapsed making it impossible for us. Fingers crossed for 2017 and we have a backup list just in case.

October 5 - 19, 2017. Eve has never seen eastern hardwood forests in fall splendor so we set aside this time block is to remedy that. Nova Scotia, Canada here we come! We foresee a 'sampler' mix of driving, hiking, beach combing, and overnight backpacking chasing the more beautiful spots of this eastern province.

December 28, 2017 - January 28, 2018. Now this is really tentative being a whole year out but one can only dream = Hopefully we'll be exploring New Zealand's South Island. My wish is to sandwich a couple week long backpacking trips between vehicle tours of this iconic area. Inspired by our Australia Trip in April 2016 this possibility is high on our list.