What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us. -Henry Thoreau
Our mission is to provide a fun and unique adventure of exploring beautiful places in the Four Corners wilderness engendering cultural and environmental appreciation.
Read about our wilderness guides, and Contact us to reserve your guided wilderness trek in the beautiful four corners region!
Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, Matt has had a passion for the outdoors since his first camping trip when he was 6 months old. Matt has some experience in nearly all outdoor activities, but at the moment his time is mostly spent rock climbing, biking, and backpacking.
Matt is currently attending Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado and is working towards his degree in Adventure Education.
Chris had his first backpack into the wilderness with his father at the age of 10. This first trip into the Weminuche Wilderness would prove to mold him and provide direction and purpose for the rest of his life. Playing in the woods became and still is his passion! Chris has continued since then to explore and play in the wildernesses of the West as much as possible.
After finishing secondary school in Oklahoma, Chris headed west to the Rocky Mountains where he has been based since as he explores the world and wildernesses of the Four Corner’s area. Chris attended and graduated Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado with a B.A. where he studied anthropology, archaeology, and history. While studying at Fort Lewis College Chris worked in the some of the finest restaurants in Durango perfecting his culinary skills. Chris then attended and graduated with a M.A. from Prescott College in Prescott, Arizona. While at Prescott College he studied Environmental Science with and an emphasis in Historical Geography. His thesis was based on the evolution of the cultural corridors in the San Juan Mountains and Colorado Plateau from prehistoric trails to the modern corridors we see today.
Chris is certified as a Wilderness First Responder, and with this knowledge he will be able to provide the best possible security in a wilderness setting. Chris has been leading and guiding backpack trips into the wilderness for over 15 years.
Chris’ knowledge, experience, and enthusiastic curiosity of the wilderness areas of the Four Corner’s area make him a highly desirable wilderness guide, and we are proud to have him on our team. With his extensive knowledge of the area along with his culinary skills, Chris, as your guide, will provide you an amazing, unforgettable wilderness experience that you can’t get anywhere else.
Born in the bay, raised in the suburbs, escaped the concrete jungle through the woods of far nor cal. Casey Rhea wanders the southwest, both professionally as a mountain bike instructor and outdoor educator and recreationally as a avid jack of all trade adventurer. He is usually seen round bikes, rocks, rivers, motorcycles and lonely desert roads.
While living in Durango, Colorado he recently graduated Fort Lewis college with a BA in Adventure Education, in addition to holding Wilderness First Responder and a variety of other professional certifications. He’s known to jam to the Dead and ride bikes for hundreds of miles alone.
He knows a lot of random facts about a lot of random things. He’s traveled to over 15 international countries. He can go fast, slowly. He might possibly be the most interesting person named Casey Rhea in the world.
Trekking is interactive foot travel through rugged terrain. We gladly go to great lengths ensuring that your trip will be educational and fun while emphasizing Leave No Trace principles and Ethical Backcountry Archaeology guidelines. Our treks are not tours; they are adventures. You are not a tourist; you are a participant. You interact with nature, climb mountains, descend into canyons, cross and gather water, examine archaeological sites and artifacts, experience the elements, and – in essence –become a member of the environment instead of a mere observer of it.
It is required that permits be obtained by guiding companies for the use of wilderness areas. Peaks & Canyons Wilderness Trekking will provide all the necessary permits for your adventure.
We have permits for these areas:
(Phipps Death Hollow WSA, Steep Creek WSA, North Escalante Canyons/The Gulch WSA, Escalante Canyons WSA, Death Ridge WSA, Carcass Canyon WSA, Fifty Mile Mountain WSA, Scorpion WSA, Devil’s Garden WSA, Burning Hills WSA, Wahweap WSA, pending) Fish Creek Canyon WSA, Road Canyon WSA, Grand Gulch ISA, Mule Canyon WSA, Monticello BLM
Paria Canyon-Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness
Vermillion Cliffs NM
Gunnison NF, Gunnison BLM, Rio Grande NF, La Garita Wilderness Area, Wheeler Geological Area, Uncompahgre NF, Redcloud Peak WSA, American Flats WSA
Bandelier NM, Dome Wilderness Area, Santa Fe NF
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