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Adventure Glamping Excurions

The WIld OUtdoors like you’ve never imagined

Chef-Styled Glamping Excursions

Canyons and Chefs Glamping Excursions are like nothing you’ve ever experienced.  By day we hike, bike, paddle, and explore some of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring country on the face of the planet, delving deep into geologic time with your geologist/guide.  By night we eat and drink under the stars and by the fire, with meals conceived of and prepared by professional chefs and served in your very own backcountry restaurant (tables, chairs, silverware, china, ambience…yeah, we’ve got that)
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We bring our custom-built professional outdoor kitchen that serves as the backbone for cooking over the fire, in pit smokers, and with dutch ovens.  Dinners consist of multiple courses and wine/beer/cocktails pairings.  Breakfasts are comparable to a spread in a luxury hotel, and lunches in the wild are *just slightly* beyond peanut butter and jelly.  We bring our own Michelin-Starred Restaurant into the howling wilds of the Southwest
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Our campsites include luxurious comforts such as private bathrooms, wi-fi, electricity, solar showers, comfortable beds/cots, large, breezy yurt-style tents with furnishings, and an enclosed bug-free dining area adorned with bistro-style string lighting.
You’ve camped before.  This is a whole new ballgame.
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Check out our Chef-Driven Outdoor Experiences in
Grand Canyon, Arizona, and Utah


Grand Canyon: North Rim

Think you’ve seen Grand Canyon?  Not until you’ve been to North Rim!  Lush aspen forests, buffalo herds, and rolling meadows full of wildflowers are just the precursor to the very remote, very unique, and very special North Rim of Grand Canyon

Duration: 5 Days

Skill Level: Undergraduate +

Cost: $2800/guest

Death Valley

Death Valley is a place that defies logic itself.  Surreal desert beauty, mysterious winding canyons, high peaks, vivid colors, and extraordinary ecological diversity are just the beginning in this most intriguing of landscapes

Duration: 5 Days

Skill Level: Undergraduate +

Cost: $2800/guest

Vermillion Cliffs

Our basecamp tour of the Vermillion Cliffs includes fantastic adventures into iconic slot canyons, precipitous cliffs and mesas, waterfalls, and mind-bending rock formations.  What are you waiting for?!

Duration: 5 Days

Skill Level: Undergraduate +

Cost: $2800/guest

Grand Staircase-Escalante

Hit some of the most iconic scenery in the southwest including the famous Crack-in-the-Wall, the Golden Cathedral, and several arches, hoodoos, and spectacular canyons in this tour de force!

Duration: 5 Days

Skill Level: Undergraduate +

Cost: $2800/guest

Colorado Rocky Mountains

The San Juan mountain range of southwestern Colorado harbors some of the most unpsoiled, astonishing scenery anywhere in the Rockies.  Crystal blue lakes, jagged sawtoothed peaks, and outstanding colors are just part of the majesty of Colorado’s last undiscovered paradise

Duration: 5 Days

Skill Level: Undergraduate +

Cost: $2800/guest

Bear Ears

One of the newest National Monuments is the very special Bears Ears, land of canyons, ruins, petroglyphs, and large buttes that look exactly like…wait for it..A Bears Ears!  We will visit Natural Bridges, White Canyon, and Grand Gulch on this whirlwind of scenery and solitude!

Duration: 5 Days

Skill Level: Undergraduate +

Cost: $2800/guest

Lake Powell Kayaking

Glen Canyon is regarded as one of the true treasures of the American Southwest.  Glen Canyon was so impressive that John Wesley Powell, for whom the Lake is named, thought it more special than Grand Canyon itself.  Come as we explore some of the most fascinating and austere wilderness on the planet by smooth kayak!

Duration: 5 Days

Skill Level: Undergraduate +

Cost: $2800/guest

Adventure and Tour Information

The wild lands of the southwest are bucket-list destinations.  Trips to this area are breathtaking, mind-bending, inspiring, and spectacular.  It is also a land of extremes with hot summers, cold winters, and very little precipitation.  Good physical condition is required, and smart packing is a must (see our ​​​​​​​blog for training and packing tips).  
 
 

What is included?

Trip price includes certified guide, gear (backpack, tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad), meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks), water, permits and camp fees, transportation to and from trails/campsites. 

Trip price does not include: extra gear rental (water bladder, first aid kits, luxury items, etc.), airfare, transportation to and from host city, pre or post-trip hotel accomodations, personal health/liability insurance

Reservations

Tours of the southwest, particularly the National Parks, are very popular and advanced planning is often necessary. We strongly recommend making your reservations at least 3 to 5 months in advance. We can accommodate last-minute bookings provided space is available, so please call our office to check. 

Why reserve early?

Each trip requires a minimum number of participants for departure. Canyons and Chefs reserves the right to cancel scheduled trips that do not meet minimum sign-up requirements (usually 4 guests).
For more details please see our comprehensive Trip Policies and Payments page.

To make a reservation, visit our Reservation Request page. Or call our office at +1(602) 904-2536, Monday to Sunday, 9am to 5pm AZ time.

Meeting Time & place

Canyons and Chefs can grab you from your hotel, or you may choose to meet at the designated meeting place, which will be included in your pre-trip information packet. Our meeting time will be arranged upon booking your reservation and is largely dependent on time of year.

Cancellations

To guarantee your reservation we require a 50% deposit. We collect the remaining balance 30 days prior to the hike departing. Any cancellation made more than 15 days prior to departure will receive a full refund less a $30 processing fee. Cancellations made within 15 days will receive a 50% refund and any cancellation made within 72 hours of the hike departing will receive no refunds or credits. There are no refunds for guests who arrive late or depart early from the trip. There are no refunds for late arrivals.

Why Canyons and Chefs?

So much of the true wilderness experience comes from being able to understand and interpret what you are seeing.  Why are those rocks red?  How did this canyon form?  What is that tree?  What cultural significance are those petroglyphs?  A wilderness experience that includes five-star cuisine is even better.  Tired of the powdered bag meals and trail mix?  We are too.   Our expert guides will not only keep you safe, relaxed, and intrigued, but our professional chefs will make sure you have the delicious food to keep going all day long (and all night too!)

A trained geologist is a person who can interpret millions of years of Earth’s history simply by staring at a rock outcrop for a few minutes.  A chef is a person who can take seemingly humble ingredients and transform them into art.   Anyone can read a book about The Grand Canyon, Canyonlands, or  Death Valley, anyone can read a cookbook or follow a chef on Instagram.   But having the opportunity to put those two things together on the trail and in camp in an unforgettable experience.

EXPLORE FURTHER, BE WILD, EAT LIKE KINGS