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About Dreamland Safari Tours

Our Mission & Values

David and Marilyn DeVooght

Amazing landscapes, reverence for the land that we spend time on, deep connection, fantastic photography, and as much as adventure as you’re up for – that’s what we at Dreamland Safari Tours are all about. 

It is our mission to connect guests with the desert Southwest by providing visceral experiences and education in a backcountry setting that can be challenging to access.  We value humility, curiosity, passion, integrity, reliability, engagement, follow-through, and togetherness.

If you’ve ever spent a few hours or a day with us, you’ll know that all of us at Dreamland Safari Tours care as much about your experience and the memories that you are making as you do yourself. 

Dreamland Safari Tours in the news

Our passion and care for sharing adventure with our guests (you!) hasn’t gone unnoticed. That’s why you’ll be able to find us in USA Today, ABC4Utah, the Salt Lake Tribune, TV France, and many more. 

Ownership

Since just before the COVID-19 pandemic, Dreamland Safari Tours has been owned by husband-and-wife couple Sunny Stroeer and Paul Gagner. 

Paul and Sunny are both lifelong backcountry adventurers with a long history of exploring the outdoors. From exploratory climbing and numerous first ascents on rock to desert ultra runs and a solo thruhike of the 812-mile Hayduke trail, Sunny and Paul have a deep passion for untraveled adventure.  Paul is an accomplished expedition climber with more than thirty ascents of Yosemite’s El Capitan as well as early ascents of Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre, Denali’s South Face, and many more. Sunny is a professional high altitude endurance athlete with speed records on 22,838ft Aconcagua, around the Annapurna Circuit, and more. In addition to Dreamland Safari Tours, Sunny runs a womens’ expedition company named AWExpeditions and a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to increasing women’s access to the backcountry & big mountain realm called the Summit Scholarship Foundation. She was named one of Utah Business’s 30 Women to Watch in 2021. 

On the professional front, Paul spent decades in executive roles in the outdoor industry including serving as president of Sierra Designs from 2006 through 2008.  Sunny holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and worked as a strategy consultant for Bain and Company prior to diving headfirst into outdoor adventure. 

Paul & Sunny have been featured in various publications over the years.  Learn more about their Dreamland-related history using the links below, or check out their respective personal websites at www.sunnystroeer.com and www.climbrlifr.com.

Company History

Dreamland Safari Tours was born in 2001 when David and Marilyn DeVooght, Kanab  4×4 enthusiasts, established the company in response to an obvious demand for scenic tours in the Kanab Area.  These Utah safari tours were a great side venture for the retired couple and provided a way for curious travelers to go places off the beaten track, places they otherwise would never be able to see. In addition to launching the business and running desert safaris, they were busy securing the future for 4×4 recreation in the area with local activism. Dreamland owes its existence to Dave and Marilyn. Without their passion and perseverance Dreamland Safari Tours would have never gotten off the ground.

 In 2011 Dreamland changed hands from Dave and Marilyn to William James, who took over the company  with the vision of expanding into multi-day expeditions and helping develop Kanab as a world-class outdoor destination.  Through its nine seasons under Will’s and his wife Meghann’s management, Dreamland continued to expand and receive customer accolades. Dreamland grew to become the largest and most comprehensive tour company in the Kanab Area. Will sold Dreamland Safari Tours to Paul & Sunny days before the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered the business. 

David and Marilyn DeVooght

Find Your Inner Explorer

Based in Kanab, UT, the hub of the Grand Circle, Dreamland Safari Tours delivers unique Scenic Off-Road Adventure Tours with plenty of Photography stops and short hikes mixed in. From the well known sights to those “secret” places only the locals know about, our adventures, designed for everyday people, highlight the best of this wild, vivid landscape. Our seasoned, naturalist tour guides are simply the best in the business. Loaded heavy duty 4×4 Suburbans carry up to 8 passengers in air conditioned comfort. Whether you are interested in touring for 3 hours or 3 days, backyard or backcountry, we have a great selection of tours for your convenience. Let us do all the work – after all, it’s YOUR vacation!

Dreamland Safari Tours is proud to be a top-rated Outdoor Activity on TripAdvisor in Kanab, UT. Don’t miss out!

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