How To Make a Hiking Trip Fun and Memorable For Your Entire Family

How To Make a Hiking Trip Fun and Memorable For Your Entire Family

Children in the United States spend less time outside than ever before. On average, the typical child will devote less than seven minutes per day to playing outside. If you are tired of watching your child retreat into an online world and want to show them the beauty of nature, then it is time to play a hiking trip for the whole family.

When planning a hiking trip for your family, the main goal you should have is to make it both fun and memorable. Failing to deliver on your promise of a good time can lead to your children refusing to go on future trips. The following are some things you need to keep in mind when trying to make your family hiking trip a success.

Avoid Making the Hike Too Strenuous

Some parents get a bit over-zealous when planning their first hiking trip with the family. The worst mistake you can make when taking your children hiking is making it too strenuous. Ideally, you want the hike in question to be on relatively smooth and easy to navigate terrain. You also need to make sure that the hike in question has some memorable features.

Hikes that feature things like large lakes, babbling brooks and waterfalls will be more memorable for your children. Before you start the hike, you need to give your kids a rundown of what they can expect and how long the trip will last. By doing this, you can avoid a never-ending array of questions about the hike and how much longer you have to go.

Leave Plenty of Time for Exploring

Children who are put into an outdoor environment they are unfamiliar with will want to explore as much of this terrain as they can. Leaving plenty of time for this exploration should be one of your main concerns. If you rush through the hike, it can frustrate your children and will take away from the enjoyment they have during this outdoor excursion.

By leaving plenty of time for exploration, you can help your children see just how magical nature can be. Be sure to bring along a camera to take pictures of your child’s hiking experience. These pictures will help you freeze these special moments in time.

Plan Ahead For Frequent Stops to Eat

Walking in nature can take a lot out of a child. The best way to replenish the energy your child loses on the hike is by stopping for food and drink. Delicious sandwiches, healthy fruits and water make for a great meal during your hike. Allowing your child to help prepare these tasty treats before the hiking trip makes them feel more involved in this process.

If you are trying to plan a wilderness adventure of a lifetime for your family, then you need to check out the luxury expeditions offered by Canyons and Chefs. With our help, you can provide your family with a camping experience they will never forget.

Why Elopement?

Why Elopement?

You’re going to see the word on our website. Elopement.

For some people, it sort of triggers a negative connotation. Why would we market ourselves that way as an excellent culinary camping tour provider?

The answer has to do with the modern wedding and how it’s conducted. It also has to do with imagining our unique trip model as a part of your new life together.

Different Wedding Scenarios

Every wedding is uniquely different, and as the bride and groom, it’s your time to decide how to proceed.

Even in older times, the quick wedding or justice of the peace situation was somewhat common. There is also the chapel in Las Vegas.

Basically, not everybody wants to have an enormous traditional wedding in their place of residence. Some people just want to get it done with, or make their wedding into a different kind of experience. That’s what we’re saying with the word ‘elopement’. It doesn’t mean that you hid from everybody and got a shotgun wedding done in secret. It just means that you doing things a bit differently, which a lot of people are choosing to do now!

New Wedding Styles

Again, the traditional wedding is a massive affair with families coming together in droves. There are a lot of people to feed and accommodate. There’s a lot of cost, and a lot of things need to come together well for the event to be a complete success. It’s stressful for some, and financially challenging for others. Sometimes, it’s both.

COVID also changed the wedding experience quite a bit. All of a sudden, fewer people were having the big get-togethers, partly because people weren’t allowed to join up in crowds maskless. Now, we’re getting over that, but some people still want those easy, small wedding experiences. Avoiding crowds is just something that some of us have gotten used to.

Honeymoons, Etc.

Even if you did have a great big awesome wedding, you can choose Canyons and Chefs for a honeymoon experience for just the two of you.

Why do so many people choose this kind of package?

The answer is in the crackling campfire, the awe-inspiring pinks and purples of a regional sunset, and the delicious wafting of cooking smells from an outdoor camp location.

By combining the outdoors and a love of food, we’ve created really unique experiences for getaways that you won’t ever forget. Check out the web site to dream and imagine what your own glamping trip can be like. We guarantee it will be memorable!

What’s For Breakfast?

What’s For Breakfast?

Camping breakfasts are some of the most fun times you’ll have on the trail.

You don’t have to go back to cowboy days to see how a traditional camping breakfast warms the heart, and the gullet. Our camping tours often have these nice spreads laid out as you get your morning cup of camping coffee, and get ready to get up and go.

What are some of the most popular components of camping breakfasts? Here are a few.

Sizzling Sausage

Sausages are one of the easiest things to cook on the trail. Unlike bacon, they don’t require quite the precision, and they get a nice golden brown over the fire. For those worried about proper cooking, there are a few options – you can precook the sausage, then warm it on the grill. You can use smaller, thinner links that cook more quickly. Or you can use a food thermometer just to check that your pork or chicken products, or whatever you’re cooking, is fully heated to a safe temperature in the middle.

Toast on the Grill

Do not by any means overlook the appealing quality of grilled toast.

We’re used to slapping two slices of bread in a toaster, but a camping fire can make even better toast. Slather some butter from your cooler, and you’re in culinary heaven.


For the kiddos or anybody who just likes something quick and easy, pour milk over cereal and enjoy. You’ll just have to make sure you have good cleaning equipment for those bowls and spoons.


Fruit is Mother Nature’s way of jazzing up your breakfast with natural foods high in antioxidants and fiber, as well as juices that can help hydrate you and your palate as you awaken. It’s also a good idea to wash your breakfast down with some refreshing cold water, because after all, this is the essential element that you need to survive.


A good roasted potato can be a great breakfast food, too! Again, you can roast these at home, wrap in foil, and then throw near the fire to get them hot and delicious.

That’s just a little about the amazing breakfast that you can put on anywhere in the great outdoors. You don’t have to seek for obscure delicacies when some of the best and brightest tastes around are right under your nose. Check out the blog for more on how we combine culinary expertise and great camping guidance for truly memorable trips.

Great Tips Designed to Help Couples Have a Great Camping Experience

Great Tips Designed to Help Couples Have a Great Camping Experience

Keeping your relationship healthy and strong is far from easy. As you and your partner age, you will have to pursue separate interests to maintain your sanity. On average, couples spend around two hours a day with each other. Ideally, you want to share the interests you have with your soulmate to make your relationship healthier. If you have recently unlocked your love for the outdoors and want to take your partner camping, you need to plan out this experience in detail. 

Your main goal should be to provide your partner with a great camping experience. If they have a good time camping with you on the first go-around, they should have no problem going back in the future. Here are some things you need to keep in mind when trying to have a great camping experience with your significant other. 

Try Glamping First

The type of camping trip you plan for you and your soulmate will depend solely on their love of the outdoors. There are a number of people who simply don’t like “roughing it” outdoors. If your partner is one of these people, you have to find a way to make the camping experience more luxurious and comfortable. Glamping is a term used to describe the marriage of glamour and camping. 

Taking your love on a glamping trip will allow you to show them the joys of nature while staying in five-star accommodations. The team at Canyons and Chefs offers private chef glamping experiences that are one of a kind. Once you and your partner experience one of these trips, you will never want to camp any other way again. 

Go on Short Trips In The Beginning

If your partner has never been camping, then taking them on a week-long trip is a bad idea. Having unrealistic expectations for your first camping trip with your partner can lead to fights and lots of unwanted stress. This is why you need to get your soulmate comfortable with camping by starting small. Instead of going on a week-long camping trip, take your partner on an overnight excursion. 

With these shorter trips, you can avoid overwhelming your significant other. As you start to plan your first couples camping trip, be sure to ask your partner for input. 

Prepare For Meal Time

Some people think that camping involves depriving themselves of good food. In reality, there are a number of modern tools that make cooking in the wild easier than ever. Rather than leaving meal time on a camping trip to chance, you have to figure out your menu ahead of time. By doing this, you can get ingredients together and make plans to make each meal under the stars with your love. If you want to make eating on your camping trip easier, then hiring professionals to cater is a wise move. 

Do you want to plan the glamping trip of a lifetime? If so, check out the glamping experiences we have to offer. 

Sandwiches and Stuff

Sandwiches and Stuff

Sandwich rocks.

Have we got your attention?

Stay tuned because the sandwich rock is really a good example of what we try to do here at Canyons and Chefs, where we’re creating something new in the world of outdoor tour services. If you’ve never heard of “glamping” or experienced a gourmet outdoor meal, check us out – you’re in for a treat!

So what do we do?


The Earl of Sandwich

In the culinary world, the sandwich probably needs no introduction.

However, this portable meal is worth thinking about when you’re trying to innovate fine dining on the road.

Aeons ago, the first visionary slapped meat and cheese and whatever else was handy between two slices of bread, and the sandwich was born. Today it’s a billion-dollar industry, with endless permutations and ingredient lists as a major part of our daily diet – you probably have over a dozen sandwich shops within a few miles of wherever you live!

Sandwich Rocks

Sandwich rocks are a little different. Like the sandwich itself, they are ubiquitous, but in some ways, that’s where the comparisons end.

How do sandwich rocks come to be? Over time, rivers carry sediment through areas where small bits of stone coalesce on an original rock layer to form neat and interesting patterns that rock hounds can scrutinize to think about the history of a particular geological formation.

As one writer puts it at the University of Nebraska State Museum: “There are numerous times that the seas swept across our land and that sand and mud were deposited along with many layers of ash.”

What do these two things have in common? Maybe not a lot, unless you’re into culinary camping like we are!

At Canyons and Chefs, we like to haul our dutch ovens and portable cooking gear all over Arizona, Utah and the natural spaces of our region. We like to take people along, too. Our guests can check out the “goat’s favorite hikes” and enjoy some pop-up culinary experiences with fire, food and adventure for couples, or for the whole family.

These specialty trips often feature luxury outdoor living – an innovative concept that you have to experience to understand.

We also have special to trips, for example, going to a nearby site called The Wave where you can peruse special kinds of rock formations and enjoy a hearty meal.

Check out our trip calendar and more on the website, and let us know when you would like to visit. We have got special trips in store for you!