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Our Dreamland Guides

William James, Kanab Tour Guide/Manager

Sunny Stroeer

Desert Guide / Co-Owner

Sunny’s love for the desert began when she was a kid, and it has only grown since. In addition to managing Dreamland Safari Tour together with her husband Paul, Sunny is also a professional endurance athlete as well as a prolific adventurer and accomplished outdoor photographer.  Sunny holds speed records across the great ranges of the world; her images have been published in National Geographic, Outside Magazine, Forbes, and many others. Originally from Germany, Sunny spent formative years on the East Coast where she obtained two degrees from Harvard University and worked in strategy consulting before turning her back on the corporate world in order to pursue her true passion: outdoor adventure.  She loves sharing her favorite places with guests, and is always up for a big day in the backcountry. Sunny is a commercial drone operator and a certified Wilderness First Responder.

William James, Kanab Tour Guide/Manager

Paul Gagner

Desert Guide / Co-Owner

Paul has spent more than four decades exploring, adventuring, and putting up first ascents on rock across the US and internationally. While Paul’s first outdoor love was Yosemite, he is proud to call the Utah desert ‘home’ and is excited to be managing Dreamland Safari Tours together with his wife Sunny.  Beyond his adventurous outdoor pursuits, Paul brings long years of outdoor industry executive management experience to Dreamland Safari Tours.  Prior to moving to Kanab, Paul led the outdoor division of Nite Ize after serving as president of Sierra Designs for several years. Back in the 1980s Paul spent seven seasons as a climbing ranger in Grand Teton National Park, where he participated in upwards of 200 rescues and was among the first National Park Service employees to be certified for helicopter-rappel rescues.   Paul’s ‘can-do’ attitude and unshakeable calm make him a favorite of guests and guides alike. Paul is a certified Wilderness First Responder.

Bret Benge, Kanab Tour Guide/Back of the House Manager

Bret Benge

Desert Guide

Bret has spent more than 20 years hiking the trails, driving the backroads and fishing the rivers of the Colorado Plateau. His love of exploration has given him a knowledge of the the mountains and deserts of the Western United States and Central and South America. After a few years living in Mexico, Bret has returned to Southern Utah, where his heart resides and is now managing and guiding for Dreamland Safari Tours. Bret is a certified Wilderness First Responder.

“I have never met a dirt road I didn’t love.”

Orion Bradburn, Kanab Adventure Guide

Orion Bradburn

Kanab Adventure Guide

Orion was born in the mountains of western North Carolina and grew up with a love of the outdoors. After studying forestry he became passionate about the trees, creeks, and trails all around him. Orion became enchanted with the west after a family trip and always wanted to return to the wonder and mystery of the Utah deserts. He has lived in Kanab for 5 years and worked previously in the Grand Staircase National Monument with troubled teens teaching, hiking, and camping for a total of over 250 nights. This experience gave him a unique and very personal connection with the desert land. He has been guiding for Dreamland since May 2017, and has never been more excited to be part of this amazing place. Orion is a certified Wilderness First Responder.

“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.” – Edward Abbey

Andrea Jasper, Kanab Tour Guide

Andrea Jasper

Kanab Adventure Guide

Andrea grew up with a passion for the outdoors. As a child her parents could hardly get her to come inside for dinner, and frankly, not much has changed. Andrea has spent most of her adult life in Hawaii, and first visited Kanab in 2006 to do a Grand Canyon rim-to-rim hike. After several subsequent trips to Utah, Andrea and her husband moved permanently. Andrea is energetic and fun and also loves sharing the story of Utah’s incredible landscapes, wildlife and history. She has a journalism degree and newspaper experience, which has taught her how to gather and interpret information to make it interesting and relevant. Andrea is a certified Wilderness First Responder.

Brent Kinley, Kanab Tour Guide

Brent Kinley

Kanab Adventure Guide & Director of Guide Training

Brent came to Southern Utah with an explorer’s heart. After completing the Appalachian Trail in 2011, he completed the Pacific Crest Trail in 2013. In 2014 he hiked across the Continental Divide. Since arriving in Utah he has continued his pursuits into the wild. Brent continues to cover ground experiencing the endless lands of the southwest. In addition to guiding, Brent also runs point on Dreamland’s guide training program.

“It has been incredible realizing that my job is a love that I get to share. There is a level of awe that never goes away out here. We go to some true gems.”

Baylie Nelson, Kanab Tour Guide

Baylie Nelson

Kanab Tour Guide

Baylie was born and raised in Northern Utah camping and hiking regularly. She took her first trip to Kanab, Utah when she was nine and has been determined to live in southern Utah ever since. In the meantime while living up north, she worked for the Boy Scouts of America for three years. Finally she made the move and started backpacking for weeks at a time in the Grand Staircase area and began guiding for Dreamland at the beginning of 2019. Her passion for the outdoors continues to grow showing people around the part of the world she loves the most. After giving birth to a beautiful baby girl in the spring of 2020, she is just easing back into guiding; you’ll also sometimes find her answering the phone if you call the Dreamland Office.  Baylie is also a certified Wilderness First Responder. 

William James, Kanab Tour Guide/Manager

Shawn Turner

Desert Guide 

Shawn Turner is a Floridian who loved taking friends and family out to enjoy the wild lands. He served in the military as a helicopter mechanic, and during this time met his incredible wife Christiane.  Shawn has traveled the world, with some favorites being Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas. He speaks fluent German. Shawn moved with his family to Utah roughly 20 years ago, and his love for the outdoors followed him here. Shawn is a rock hound, bird watcher, and flash flood chaser, and an avid adventurer with many years of experience in our incredible backyard.

William James, Kanab Tour Guide/Manager

Maddi Nelson

Kanab Tour Guide 

Maddi is a Utah native.  She grew up spending most of her time in the Wasatch and Uinta Mountains, always sharing her adventures with family and friends.  Kanab, too, has been on the list of Maddi’s favorite places to explore since she was young,  and her love and curiosity for our backyard has only increased throughout the years.  Maddi finally decided to make the move and spend all of her time exploring southern Utah.  She is excited to guide and share her passion of the outdoors and this amazing place with you! Maddi is also a certified Wilderness First Responder. 

 

“Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty.” -John Ruskin
William James, Kanab Tour Guide/Manager

Nathalie Bowman

Kanab Tour Guide 

Nathalie came to love the great outdoors as a child, hiking, camping and fishing with her dad in the Idaho wilderness. Nathalie’s first experience with the Desert Southwest was when she worked at Jacob Lake near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in her early 20s. While experiencing the beautiful sunsets and sunrises in the Canyon, as well as hiking Rim to Rim twice in one week, she fell in love with the stunning Grand Canyon. After spending over 20 years raising her family of 8 children in the city, she decided it was time to make the move to the beautiful town of Kanab, where she could immerse herself in the Grand Canyon and Red Rock Country. Nathalie loves people as much as she loves the outdoors, and her joy is to give her Dreamland guests an incredible experience with the wisdom of nature connecting deeply to the soul.  Nathalie is a certified Wilderness First Responder. 

William James, Kanab Tour Guide/Manager

Robert Lawrence

Kanab Tour Guide 

Robert always loved being outside. He grew up in Midland, Texas and went on to school at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX, where he studied geology and played every sport under the sun.  After working behind a desk for a while, Robert decided that it wasn’t the life for him.  He has always had a passion for the outdoors and enjoys fishing, climbing, canyoneering, backpacking and snowboarding. Robert hopes to begin working on credentials for climbing guiding.  He is a certified Wilderness First Responder. 

Josh Jones, Kanab Tour Guide

Nicolas Healey

Kanab Tour Guide

Nicolas grew up in the Czech Republic and embraced the outdoors from a young age, starting with mushroom foraging in the Czech forest when he was a boy.  Later he went from the forests of Bohemia to the urban jungle of New York, before rekindling his love of the outdoors while trekking on the Appalachian Trail.  He also backpacked in Iceland and the Northwest of the US before falling in love with the desert and moving to Kanab.  Nicolas loves wide open spaces, and seeing the smiles on people’s faces as he shares the beauty surrounding Kanab with his guests.  Nicolas is a certified Wilderness First Responder. 

William James, Kanab Tour Guide/Manager

Mel Rader

Kanab Tour Guide

Mel’s love for the wilderness is evident from the first moment you meet her. Beyond the outdoors, she also has a passion for social work which is evident in her history as a wilderness therapy provider.  She loves to canyoneer, explore, and introduce others to the wonders of the West. 

Mel is a certified Wilderness First Responder.

William James, Kanab Tour Guide/Manager

Ian Chandler

Kanab Tour Guide

Ian grew up exploring and camping in the woods of the Midwest and fell in love with traveling at an early age. In 2019 Ian left Ohio to live a nomadic lifestyle in the west. His path took him to Yellowstone, Wyoming, northern California, and eventually southern Utah where he began guiding with Dreamland. During Ian’s travels he learned how to navigate and climb in the wilderness. He typically spends his time climbing, canyoneering, and reading about the natural world.
The desert has grown on Ian – as he says: “The more I understand it, the more I appreciate it.” 

Ian is a certified Wilderness First Responder. 

William James, Kanab Tour Guide/Manager

Mike McTeer

Kanab Tour Guide

Mike is a Kanab transplant and engineer by trade.  Having fallen in love with the desert and the Kanab area while visiting for a Grand Canyon backpacking trip, he decided to pack up his belongings and make Kanab his home and has been here ever since.  He loves sharing his backyard with guests and introduce them to the off-the-beaten path locations all around the area. 

Mike is a certified Wilderness First Responder. 

William James, Kanab Tour Guide/Manager

Breana Honey

Tour Experience Coordinator

Bre was born and raised in Kanab, Utah.  She left Kanab to live in Florida for a while, but ultimately decided that the red dirt of Southern Utah was more appealing than Florida’s white sand beaches.  Bre loves everything about her hometown and the endless outdoor adventures it offers. When she is not working she’s out driving dirt roads, hiking, or sleeping under the stars.

William James, Kanab Tour Guide/Manager

Christine Bertrand

Tour Experience Coordinator

As a third-generation Floridian, Chris grew up surrounded by water, but ever since her first backpacking adventure on the Grand Canyon threshold trails, the red rock cliffs have been calling her name.  After a decade-long career as an itinerant English instructor and avid world traveler, an epic year-long road trip across the U.S.A. in 2018 finally led her to claim the high desert oasis of Kanab as her new home.  Chris has embraced several service-oriented roles in her adopted home-town and has grown to love the close-knit, welcoming community that surrounds her, making a range of lifelong friends in the hospitality industry and the varied world of animal welfare before finding the perfect niche at Dreamland Safari Tours, where she employes her dual passions for adventure and education to help travelers design their ideal dream-tours here in the Southwest.

William James, Kanab Tour Guide/Manager

Dasher

Desert Rover

Dasher is a young Siberian husky mix who came to Dreamland as a rescue from Best Friends. She loves people (particularly kids!), squirrels, lizards, exploring the desert, and road trips – but most of all she loves snuggles.

Dasher often hangs out at the Dreamland Office and, upon request, may be able to join you for a day of adventuring if you book one of Dreamland’s private tours. As a husky, she doesn’t love the summer’s hottest months here in Kanab – but she’d be delighted to accompany you on your adventure during the fall, winter or spring. 

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