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Birding in Kanab

Birding in Kanab

Six iconic Southern Utah birds “Where are all the birds?” It’s a common inquiry we get on our tours that surprised us at first. We finally brought the question to a Utah birding group whose members said there are simply fewer resources to support birds in our arid...
No Greater Reward: Guiding a Grand Canyon Backpack

No Greater Reward: Guiding a Grand Canyon Backpack

No Greater Reward Guiding a Grand Canyon backpack It’s something you’ve always wanted to do but the idea is daunting, hiking across the Grand Canyon. Camping down in the bottom. Watching the mighty Colorado River flow beneath the footbridge you are walking on. It...
Why Even Expert Hikers Use A Guide

Why Even Expert Hikers Use A Guide

Our most active hiking trips And why even expert hikers use a guide We share incredible, backcountry landscapes with folks who might not ever experience them on their own. It’s what we love most and do best. This typically involves driving a high clearance 4X4 through...
The Local’s Secret: Winter is the Time for Hiking

The Local’s Secret: Winter is the Time for Hiking

Frosted Enchantment: Winter In The Southwest  Every winter, I consider taking a seasonal break from guiding to rest, rejuvenate and visit friends who live in a warmer climate. But I just can’t bring myself to do it. I’ll miss too much. Simply sitting indoors long...
How To Get Started Backpacking

How To Get Started Backpacking

Backpacking – A Beginner’s Guide Immerse yourself in a pristine landscape. Miles from roads, sirens and street lights, a natural world prospers without a corner coffee shop or an evening news broadcast. You start to notice subtleties: A gentle breeze that...
Guides Gear Corner #4: Footwear

Guides Gear Corner #4: Footwear

Guides Gear Corner #4: Fancy Footwear Some national park visitors might get by in sneakers, but if you plan to be doing much hiking in the Southwest you really have four options for footwear: High or mid-top hiking boots, hiking shoes, trail runners or hiking sandals....
Guides Gear Corner #3: Emergency Gear

Guides Gear Corner #3: Emergency Gear

Guides Gear Corner #3: Emergency Gear for Desert Hiking and Driving If you’re heading out on your own desert adventure, there are some things you can bring along to help keep you safe. While we like to stress the importance of a light pack, experienced desert hikers...
Utah ATV Tours?  Here’s Why We Prefer Our Trucks.

Utah ATV Tours? Here’s Why We Prefer Our Trucks.

Why Do We Use Chevy Suburbans At Dreamland Safari Tours? Our fleet of Chevy Suburbans transports small tour groups across deserts of deep, dry sand, over rocks, and through unbelievably sticky mud. After years of driving them, we’re still sometimes surprised by their...
Public Land Designations Explained

Public Land Designations Explained

A Guide To Understanding America’s Public Lands Stretching from sea to shining sea, America’s public lands let us dream big…camp red rock country miles from the nearest road, scale a 3,000-foot granite monolith, kayak a secluded stream, or uncover hints of...
Deep Sand Driving Near Kanab, UT | Off-roading Tips

Deep Sand Driving Near Kanab, UT | Off-roading Tips

How to drive in the sand near Kanab UT without getting stuck. Over the past 20 years, Dreamland guides have acquired a lot of off-road expertise while driving Southern Utah’s sandy roads. We want to share our knowledge! Read this article to learn about choosing the...
Hiking Buckskin Gulch, a true bucket list adventure

Hiking Buckskin Gulch, a true bucket list adventure

The trip through Buckskin Gulch is exhilarating and absolutely magnificent. My first through hike exceeded my expectations in every way. The brilliant sandstone walls grew high overhead and the ever-changing light illuminated the canyon in orange and yellow. Each...
Is 2020 the year of the Great American Road Trip?

Is 2020 the year of the Great American Road Trip?

Life in America has changed since Horatio Nelson Jackson embarked on the first cross-country road trip in 1903, back when there were only 150 miles of paved roads in the entire U.S., 8,000 registered vehicles and absolutely no gas stations. He set out on a 3,000-mile...
Hikes To Do Around Kanab Without Needing 4-Wheel-Drive

Hikes To Do Around Kanab Without Needing 4-Wheel-Drive

Easy-to-access hiking trails right in Kanab The American Southwest is big country. But you don’t have to spend your entire vacation driving. Here are several hike ideas within 10 minutes of your Kanab hotel or vacation rental. All are well marked and accessible in a...
Desert Bighorn Sheep Thrive Where We Can Barely Survive

Desert Bighorn Sheep Thrive Where We Can Barely Survive

Even the best hikers feel humbled to watch desert bighorn sheep charge seemingly straight up the steep, sandstone cliffs of Southern Utah. Their incredible agility and balance is unmatched, helping them avoid predators such as mountain lions, bobcats and coyotes. It’s...
Where the heck is the Grand Staircase?

Where the heck is the Grand Staircase?

If you ask that question while you’re standing somewhere in South Central Utah, chances are, you’ve already found the Grand Staircase, and you are, in fact, standing on it. The immense geologic feature is a series of different colored rock layers with steep sides and...
Driving to Peekaboo Slot Canyon

Driving to Peekaboo Slot Canyon

Driving to Peekaboo Slot Canyon: a tour guide gains off-road skills in desert sand It would make sense for a tour company to accentuate the risk of off-road driving in order to sell tours. And it’s often difficult to get an objective opinion on road conditions because...
Biological Soil Crust

Biological Soil Crust

Biological Soil Crust The fascinating community that holds the Utah desert in place If you’ve spent much time hiking the Arizona desert, you’ve probably come across a sign that says, “Don’t bust the crust!” These signs refer to a...
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