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Custom Tours Only for 2008

Below are samples of previously scheduled trips from 2007. As we are currently running custom tours only, the descriptions below can provide an outline for your very own custom trip. Bob will gladly discuss trip options and ideas; contact Bob.

Tucson/Sonoran Desert Border Country

Saguaro National Park, Chiricahua and Organ Pipe National Monuments

2007 DATES: January 22-28th, February 18-24th, March 11-17th

Try desert hiking when the sun doesn't bite, it soothes.  Then add a Southwest/Mex meal and a bed at night in old historic hotels in towns like Bisbee, Tombstone and Tucson.  During the day, it's traveling the historic trails of Cochise, Geronimo, horse soldiers, prospectors, those Clanton Boys with Wyatt Earp and his brothers on their tail.  Once I thought I got a whiff of hard working old saddle leather but it could of just been my boots.  Mix in rustlers and desperadoes from both sides of no damn good, cactus, an edgy border town, old Spanish Missions, some birding, a museum or two ( including a visit to Kitt Peak National Observatory) and a snake or two.  What else?  Oh, I almost forgot to mention the desert blue sky, the distance, the deep silence and your own western mythos coming alive in the doing of each next day.



Rock Art and Archeology of the Four Corners

Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico

2007 DATES: June 3-9th

From Durango, in southwest Colorado, this weeklong meander takes in Mesa Verde National
Park, Aztec, Hoovenweap, and Natural Bridges National Monuments, little known Cedar Mesa
Primative Area and Valley of the Gods.  And all along the way, here and there, just us under a big sky visiting seldom seen mysteries with our local guides.  With more than 10,000 years of evidence of human habitation, we will carefully examine life in a hard place with a noted expert on the Four Corners rock art and ruins.  Add in the exposed bones of the earth, with colors from blood red to you name it, plus the scatter of small towns, two lane blacktop and dirt roads, good lodging and slow food.  Yes, these places still exist in the American West.



Trading Posts of the Old West

Grand Canyon, Navajo & Hopi Nations of Northern Arizona

2007 DATES: June 17-23rd

This adventure is part cultural, part National Parks and Monuments with a big nod to the word diversity and the American West.  The Navajo Reservation is larger than ten states. America's oldest community is the Hopi Village of Old Oraibe.  From Flagstaff, Arizona we will travel a wide loop east through the Painted Desert then north into the high plateau country of the Navajo "Res" then west past the Little Colorado River to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and finally back to Flagstaff.  Along the we visit such places as Petrified Forest National Park, the famed Hubbell Trading Post, the ruins of Canyon De Chelly National Monument (within which the Navajo still live), Navajo National Monument and a walk to the massive cliff dwellings of Betatakin, then the Hopi Mesas, with our last two nights on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.


Santa Fe and Taos Art - Salsa and Backroads

2007 DATES: June 24-30th; August 5-11th

Santa Fe is only about an hours drive from Albuquerque, but it's further than that.  Displacing Pueblo people, Spanish explorers in 1607 founded Santa Fe.  At 7,000 ft and good water, this mountain oasis became a destination for an eclectic mix of folks and cultures at the western and tired end of the old historic Santa Trail.  That remains mostly true today.  Two hundred art galleries, 12 major museums, that warm and easy southwest architecture tied together by the beauty of the central plaza and St Francis Cathedral, food that talks back, and lodging that feels like sanctuary, you may not go home.  But hey, there are these great back roads and they all lead north to Taos which is faraway, faraway from home.  Three languages are equally spoken here...Tiwa, Spanish and American.  There's Taos Pueblo, 900 years inhabited.  Kit Carson's grave.  An extraordinary bridge that used to go nowhere. Window frames that were painted by DH Lawrence.  That big fat looking mud church.  And yes, more museums, galleries, salsa, and primary colors. There will be walks and hikes for those that want to.


Southeast Utah Loop

Arches and Canyonlands National Parks plus Monument Valley

2007 DATES: April 22-28th; Sep.23-29th

This is a story about the geology of people and place; take 11,000ft of slow rising sedimentary deposits of mostly shale, limestone and sandstone, work it with water and time ( about a billion and a half years) and the politics of life.  Throw in ten people from all over and a couple of quirky guides. Then let's go for a week of meandering through the almost empty backcountry of Southern Utah, located in the sixth most urban state.  Lodging like the remote Boulder Mountain Lodge, with its tasty Hells Backbone Grill, after a days slithering through sandstone slot canyons.  Throw in wide-eyed localists, polygamists, survivalists, tourists, some fangs, the most uniquely beautiful landscape blizzard of shapeshifting stone anywhere and the promotional concept of meeting expectations becomes laughable.



Southwestern Utah Loop

Zion, Bryce and Grand Canyon National Parks

2007 DATES: March 22-28th

This is Bob's briar patch.  Great lodging, grub and hikes... all the while a rich blue sky leans into deep slot canyons, rubs old trails dusty, promises nothing but another chance at getting it right... the drift through days of sandstone, Brooke's endless stories, a few flat tires, and many small wonders that will visit with us in this giant place.  Perhaps one evening coming on last light, when deer turn to stone and all the days of your life are dancing in your heart, you'll be thinking this Utah trip has been just about right.

4 day, 3 night - $995; 7 day 6 night - $1,890


Yellowstone Loop

Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Parks plus Jackson Hole

2007 DATES: July 1-7th, 22-28th; Aug. 5-11th

The most active geothermal caldera or basin (30 by 45 miles) on this earth, Yellowstone the world's first National Park, is also a tourist hotspot.  As are Grand Teton and Jackson Hole.  But we try our best to finesse the road and lunch crowds.  Old historic lodges, out of the way spots like Cooke City, Montana where a sign on one establishment reads: Food, Gambling, Liquor... Families Welcome.  The mountain man, Jim Bridger trapped this country till beaver top hats started looking silly to white guys.  Amidst all the great hiking, there will be some that say sitting in a saddle at the bar of the Million Dollar Saloon in Jackson waiting their turn to dance was a highlight of the trip.  I guess.  Plan on hiking in the Beartooths, the Tetons, along the Yellowstone River near the awesome Yellowstone Falls or through the lodge pole pine sneaking up to view elk, bear, bison or wolf.




Glacier/Waterton National Parks

Canada/United States

2007 DATES: July 8-14th, Aug.12-18th

The northern Rockies - massive, rugged.  Old lodges beset with jewels for lakes, big timber, ringed by the gapping stone teeth of vernal earth.  It might snow on the Fourth of July.  There is a problem hiking here.  The problem has big teeth and huge claws where we have fingernails. We are very careful.  Like the mountain men who came following the fur trade in the mid 18th century, the Blackfeet culture and settlers who call this home.  Hiking the spine of North America has a humbling immensity.  A feel of reefed sails on a big sea.  Wolf, Beargrass, Elk, Bald Eagle, Mountain Goat, Glacier Lily.






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