With so many destinations to choose from, the American Southwest is such a broad expanse of raw, open wilderness it would be easy to spend a lifetime discovering new fascinating hidden places to get away. The mountains, creeks, canyons, and deserts are a seemingly endless adventure playground blessed with a wonderfully mild climate. Home to some of the most stunning National Parks in the U.S., the Southwest is an ideal place to get outdoors fall through spring with Zion, Bryce, and Grand Canyon all right in our backyard.
While we will arrange custom tours to anywhere you want to go, but we like to focus on the best of the best. Places not to be missed. Starting with our favorites.
Many people are surprised by what they find upon first arrival in Northern Arizona; it’s not all saguaro cactus, desert sand, and blinding heat. Set between about 5000 to 8000 feet above sea level, this part of the state is much cooler throughout the year compared to its southern counterpart and includes an immensely varied landscape. Pinyon-juniper and ponderosa forests, chaparral, and riparian creeks are all scattered across mountains and canyons making for a new scene everywhere you look. Flagstaff is home to Arizona’s highest peak often seen towering in the distance at over 12,000 feet and is snow-capped much of the year. We love to spend most our free time out adventuring outdoors, and there’s a good reason we’ve chosen to live here. We invite you to come see what it’s all about!
In 15 years of organizing trips in Grand Canyon, we consider this Rubicon’s specialty. We’ll take you on a once-in-a-lifetime trip into one of the natural wonders of the world. At 277 miles long, 6000 ft deep and up to 18 miles wide, the scale of Grand Canyon is simply stunning. Choose between our self guided and guided options for backpacking in the park. Or, check out one of our lodge based tours for day hike options.
The Grand Canyon is particularly well suited to fall, winter and spring hikes. Colder weather at the rim (it often snows in winter) is ideal for hiking, and warmer temperatures near the bottom are comfortable without the overwhelming heat the region experiences in the summer.
Southern Utah is perhaps the greatest place in the world to get up close and personal with some of the most enchanting and mystifying geology on Earth. Twisting canyons, natural arches, spires, and hoodoos seem to appear from no where, the formation of which takes some serious mental gymnastics to comprehend. Catch a sunset glowing off these red rock cliffs and you just may never see the world the same way. Our lodge-based Southern Utah Highlights tours offer the best of Utah, visiting Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
Our home town of Prescott has a rich history of being a wild and rugged kind of outdoor place ever since gold was discovered here along the headwaters of the Hassayampa River and Lynx Creek in 1863. Set in a wide basin, downtown Prescott is tucked in between the pine covered Bradshaw Mountains to the south, the prominent distant cliffs of Granite Mountain to the north, the other-worldly lakes and boulders of the Granite Dells to the east, and the prominent volcanic remnants of Thumb Butte to the west.
There are seemingly endless possibilities for exploration just outside of town. Prescott National Forest boasts 1.25 million acres and accesses hundreds upon hundreds of miles of trails, many of which lead (almost quite literally) to our doorsteps. A multitude of creeks and riparian corridors teeming with wildlife criss-cross the basin through town adding to the idyllic scenery, making this an adventure playground not to be passed up. In 2009 National Geographic Adventure confirmed what we’ve known for years naming Prescott one of the best towns for adventure sports in the United States. Our Prescott Area Adventures highlight this ideal landscape.
Our partner company, Alpinehikers, has been offering a variety of Guided and Self-Guided trekking tours in the Alps and Dolomites since 1999. If you’re interested in a bespoke European hiking adventure ranging from village-based luxury hiking tours, to rustic inn-to-inn treks their service is unparalleled. Check out alpinehikers.com for the full schedule and more info.