Grand Canyon Adventures mission is to provide our guests with the best possible experience when visiting the places we love so much. As a company, we’ve been sharing the Grand Canyon’s South Rim, Antelope Canyon, Sedona, and other natural Northern Arizona attractions with visitors for more than six years.
As individuals, we’ve been hiking into the Grand Canyon and exploring the natural beauty of the country for decades. Our love for the natural beauty and history of Northern Arizona has charmed us into planting our roots here.
Since opening our doors in 2013 we’ve guided tours to the Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, and Sedona. You learn a thing or two after guiding thousands of people from all over the world. Our guides are some of the most seasoned in Flagstaff. Take a look at their mini-autobiographies below, or you can read hundreds of positive reviews about us on TripAdvisor.
Naturalist Marcia Burns moved to Arizona over 30 years to be near the Grand Canyon and other wonderful places in the southwest. Marcia has been guiding people throughout the area for more than 16 years, sharing with them the great geology, flora and fauna, and the interesting human history of the region. She has lived and worked at both rims of the Grand Canyon, and also been a guide to the bottom. She LOVES the Grand Canyon!
The seeds for wild west adventure were sown in 1973 when Scott’s Boy Scout troop in Maryland went to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. After college and a few trips out West in the 1980’s Scott came to Arizona in 1989. Being an avid outdoors man, Scott has hiked the Alps, Appalachians, Rockies, Olympics, and of course, the Grand Canyon. Having traveled extensively in both Europe and North America, and being his own guide, becoming a tour guide in 2005 was a natural move. Starting his guiding career in Alaska, he soon moved back South to sunny Arizona and took up guiding at the Grand Canyon and surrounding area.
An avid outdoorsman, traveler, and lifelong Arizona resident, Dane has been a passionate explorer since an early age. Dane received his bachelor’s of science in geology from Northern Arizona University, and worked as a professional geologist before coming over to Adventure Southwest. His knowledge of Colorado Plateau geology provides for a very informative and entertaining trip. Dane also is an active member of the Coconino County Search and Rescue team.
Jennifer Herve Barnes, just call her Jen, is a North Carolina native — hence the slight drawl — and a Florida State University graduate. She has a degree in anthropology. Jen has taught school in Japan, cleaned fish in Alaska, and toured the entire perimeter of India. She’s a music lover, a reader of anything, a fan of superhero movies, a bicyclist, a nerd, a fan of fine mustaches, a chili hound, a serious cook, and a woman of letters. But mostly she’s a tour guide. She’s conducted tours throughout the Southwest, from coast to coast in America, in Alaska, and in Canada. If you make her laugh, she’ll be your friend for life. She can tell if you have a sense of humor by gauging your response to her egg-and-sausage joke.
Maggie grew up in ‘Wild and Wonderful’ West Virginia! She fell in love with Arizona after rafting through the Grand Canyon. She enjoys anything and everything outside, from mountain biking to backpacking, but nothing beats a great hike in the canyon! Maggie also has her Wilderness First Responder Certification.
Drew Andersen was born and raised in the Phoenix, Arizona area. After finishing a B.S. in Political Science at Northern Arizona University, Drew moved around a bit before landing in the heart of the Grand Circle – Page, Arizona. It was there that Drew began guiding and wandering the Colorado Plateau. Aside from guiding, Drew enjoys fly-fishing, backpacking, mountain biking, a good beer and family.
Drew Schlachter brings many years of guiding outdoor tours across the American West. Guided trip locations include California, Washington, Alaska, Wyoming, Montana, Texas, and many National Parks in the American Southwest. As an NAU Graduate, Drew knows the Southwest and loves to highlight the amazing landscapes on his tours.
Growing up on the Appalachian trail in Pennsylvania, Laura Stinger fell in love with the outdoors at a very young age. In 2013, she joined a conservation corps and moved to Flagstaff. Laura is an experienced backpacker and knows her way around the National Parks and Forests for the Southwest. In her spare time, Laura enjoys traveling, riding dirt bikes, and eating tacos.
A graduate of Michigan State University, Matt started guiding rIver trips down the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park in the early 2000’s. He considers himself lucky and honored to still be guiding those river trips and is happy to share that experience and knowledge with the guests of Grand Canyon Adventures. When not guiding rIver or hiking trips, Matt works for the National Park service restoring natural fish habitat for the indigenous fish species in Grand Canyon.
After many years of working around the world, the experiences of traveling in, and around the northern Arizona backcountry, has given cause for Brad to now consider the Flagstaff area as his home. earning about the ancient ancestors of both the Hopi and Zuni tribes, has lead Brad into a living adventure, in the field of Archeoastronomy. Aside from his studies and research trips, he is always up to escorting and guiding people across and into the northern Arizona landscape.
Gavin Monson was born and raised in the great corn state of Iowa. Despite growing up in Iowa Gavin decided to move out west in search of adventure when he was 20. It is in Arizona where he found his joy in working outdoors and being in the wilderness in general. After this realization, Gavin decided to share his knowledge and love of nature by joining the team at Grand Canyon Adventures.
Chad Stone is an Arizona native with a career in outdoor education as well as professionally guiding Skiing, Whitewater Kayaking/Rafting, Mountaineering/Backpacking and Fly Fishing in places like Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Alaska, and Southern Germany. Chad was a long-time Grand Canyon boatman on the Colorado River and an outdoor educator for Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ. He feels very connected to the Grand Canyon and surrounding areas and loves to share his knowledge of these places.
Evan grew up in the great state of Kansas where he graduated from the University of Kansas. He moved to Flagstaff to continue his graduate education and teach biology at Northern Arizona University. Evan fell in love with hiking and exploring from a very young age, and he loves to share both his knowledge about the surrounding Southwest region as well as stories from his recent mountain trips. Evan is an experienced backpacker and mountaineer, but when he isn’t guiding or exploring, Evan loves riding bikes, watching movies (and eating popcorn), spending time with his wife, and accidentally coming across mountain lions (ask him about it!).
Shannon Boesch, a Texan native, fell in love with the outdoors in college while getting her B.S. in geology at Fort Lewis In Durango, CO. Before guiding, Shannon worked as an environmental geologist for 6 years traveling all over the US, which ultimately brought her to the beautiful state of Arizona. Shannon was tired of the 9-5 and decided to pursue a guiding position in Flagstaff. Now as a guide, Shannon loves to show and teach others all the wonderful things the Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon have to offer. Aside from guiding, she loves all outdoor activities, dogs, and a nice cold adult beverage.
Born and raised in Flagstaff, AZ, Sheree has roamed around the Southwest all her life. Starting as a river guide she has shown people a unique view into the history and culture of the Southwest. Her favorite past times are hiking, fishing, boating, D&D, and sci-fi movies. Her family follows Navajo tradition and has a small ranch out on the Navajo Nation.
If you want to see the Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend, or Sedona you can make your time worthwhile by booking with us. Anyone can appreciate the awesome size of the Grand Canyon or the beautiful curves and curls of Antelope Canyon. But not everyone can tell you that the colors of the canyon walls tell us there used to an ancient ocean where you stand. Or that Antelope Canyon was only discovered in 1931 despite being formed over the course of thousands of years by flash floods.
In addition to the wealth of knowledge our guides provide, you also get the convenience of complimentary pickup and drop off from any hotel in Flagstaff. Water, soda, snacks, cookies, and a picnic style lunch, catered by a local restaurant, are included. All you need to do is bring is your camera, season-appropriate clothing, and a readiness to begin one of the best experiences Northern Arizona has to offer.
If you have any questions or would like to book over the phone, you can call us at our office between 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM (MST) any day of the week at 928-440-5079.
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