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Senior Guide Rob Olson

Rob Olson

Adventure Tour Senior Guide, Rob is originally from Seattle, Washington. Hanging up his raincoat, he came to Southern Utah to retire from UPS and care for his mother. Not to mention the 360 days of sunshine and fun! He revel’s in sharing an excellent level of service and focus, in addition to his adventuresome track record. Besides guiding in the sand dunes, Rob spend’s his time studying the universe, golfing, hiking and SIM racing. He also loves to occasionally dine-in at Cappeletti’s, a local 4 star Italian restaurant. After working with AJAT for almost 4 years now, he wants every one of his guests to leave with a lifetime memory of visiting southern Utah.

 

John Couture

Adventure Tour Guide John Couture

While John was trekking across the United States from Connecticut, he stumbled upon the ambiance and more relaxed pace of life we harbor here in Southern Utah. Previous to joining our crew as Guide and Mechanic, he worked as a service technician for a company in Connecticut and a natural gas company in Colorado. John’s favorite part about Sand Mountain is the open trail, especially in the spring and fall. Outside of making sure our machines are up to par, he enjoys tending to his family’s vegetable garden, day-tripping on his motorcycle and travelling the beautiful USA. John owns his own off-road machines as well and loves to ride in the wilderness and go rock crawling. Too him, the best part about touring with ATV & Jeep is that our guests get to see areas they wouldn’t see normally on a hike.

 

Cary Glade

Adventure Tour Guide Cary Glade

Cary was raised in Utah’s capital Salt Lake City. After serving in and retiring from the United States of America Air Force, he came to live in a land of unlimited adventures. Also a place where family and friends love to come visit and play. Cary explains the best thing about being a part of the AJAT family is the diverse and unique people that adventure with him. He too owns a few Can Am ATV’s and a Side-by-side that allow him to further explore Southern Utah. Even when Cary isn’t out guiding, you bet he’s discovering new trails on Sand Mountain. To him, the perfect outdoor adventure time falls between the equinox’s. Cary has been an adventure Tour Guide for over 2 years now and believes that our excursions are a “Once in a lifetime experience!”

 

Tammy GladeAdventure Tour Guide Tammy Glade

We are beyond lucky to have Tammy providing wonderful memories for our guests alongside her husband, Cary. Tammy grew up in Fredonia Arizona. Now she continues raising her family in Southern Utah. She loves showing off our beautifully unique surroundings. Particularly with new people from all around the world. Tammy loves Saint George because of its colors and wonderful year round weather. Our adventure tours, from her standpoint, are the best and safest way to get to know Sand Mountain. In addition, Tammy’s favorite part of Sand mountain just so happens to be going to the Flintstone house. A special spot that mother nature created, where our Full-day Adventures often stop for lunch. 

 

David Cox

Adventure Tour Guide David Cox

David grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada. He and his family decided to move north after his retirement from law enforcement. David has been riding ATV’s since the age of ten years old. Since then he has set his heart on adventuring alongside the temperate fall weather here. David’s other interests besides equipping our guests with unforgettable moments, are hiking and mountain biking. He also does a phenomenal job guiding our Off-road Van Excursions. Spotlighting ancient history, dinosaur tracks and pioneer heritage. Besides the fact that “we get paid to play,” Dave’s favorite part of sand mountain are the Navajo sandstone rock formations.

 

 

Bill McKinney

Adventure Tour Guide Bill McKinneyBill and his family traveled south from Northern Utah to bask in his retirement from owning his own company and to take part in the adventuresome lifestyle here in Southern Utah. In his own side-by-side machine Bill adores taking his grandchildren out the most. Since Bill has been with AJAT, he has come to savor meeting new people. He believes that we are an awesome tour company because we are where safety and fun meet. It cannot get any better than that. Bill is very fond of riding the big sand dunes on Sand Mountain in the Fall.

 

Alan Haycock

Adventure Tour Guide Alan Haycock

Alan fell in love with Southern Utah after calling Utah County home for most of his life. He loves gliding in the sand with our guests. Before catching up on sunshine, he finished his career as a coal miner. What brought him to southern Utah was the snow, or lack of it!  He is fascinated by the Iron Oxide in the sand. Which is responsible for it’s deep orange and red hues. Alan likes living only 2 short hours from anything you can imagine doing outdoors. Other than guiding for ATV and Jeep, he enjoys smoking meat in his charcoal smoker. He is quite the grill master! The Sand Highway on Sand Mountain captures his love to have a blast exploring the desert. If you want to see “mother nature in her raw,” adventure with Alan.

Dave Holton

Adventure Tour Guide Dave HoltonBorn in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Dave came to Southern Utah for “the life.” Dave loves being a part of ATV & Jeep Adventure Tours, connecting with new people and riding through our awesome scenery. His favorite part of Sand Mountain ties between Jurassic park, wind- carved animal shaped sandstone boulders and Owl’s Nest. Where if you’re lucky, you will see a mother owl nesting. On the side, he dabbles in fishing, rock crawling and loves to travel the world. Dave shares that we provide safe and fun adventures while producing only the grandest memories.

 

Written By: Kathryn Bowler

The North Rim of the Grand Canyon has some great hiking trails without all the crowds of the South Rim. While you are hiking at the North Rim remember to keep a look out for California condors, regarded as one of the rarest birds in the world. By the 1980’s fewer than two dozen condors lived in the wild. Grand Canyon National Park has participated in the condor reintroduction program with encouraging results. As many as 73 condors have been known to soar over the area, thus making the park one of the easiest places to view California Condors

 

Cape Royal Trail

The trail to Cap Royal and Angel’s Window both begin at the Cape Royal parking lot. This is a flat paved trail and is handicapped accessible. You will have magnificent views of Angel’s Window, the inner canyon and the Colorado River. There are also interpretive markers along the way to explain the natural history of the area. (0.5 miles, 30 minutes)

 

Transept Trail

This is one of the easiest trails, is very well maintained, easy to follow and handicapped accessible. The Park Service does often offer a Ranger Talk that takes you along part of this trail. The Transept Trail runs between the North Rim Campground and the Grand Canyon Lodge. (1.5 miles, 2 hours)

bright-angel-trail-tunnelBright Angel Point Trail

Just a short walk from the Grand Canyon Lodge is the Bright Angel Point trail. This is an easy, self-guided nature trail that leads you to a spectacular view of the canyon. Here you can see and hear the sounds of Roaring Spring which is more than 3,000 feet below the Rim. (Approx. 1.5 miles, 30 minutes)

 

The Uncle Jim Trail

This trail will bring you out to Uncle Jim’s Point where you have fantastic views of the upper portion of the North Kaibab Trail. The Uncle Jim Trail winds through the alpine forest to a point overlooking the canyon. This trail begins at the North Kaibab Trail parking lot. (Approx. 5 miles, 3 hours)

 

Widforss Trail

The Widforss Trail has a great blending of forest and canyon scenery. This trail provides an excellent view of the Buddha Temple. The trail starts at the Widforss Trail parking area which is one mile down the dirt Point Sublime Road and one-quarter mile south of Cape Royal Road turnoff. (Approx. 10 miles, 6 hours)

 

North Kaibab Trail

This trail is the only maintained trail into the canyon from the North Rim. On this trail you will get an nkappreciation for the beauty and immense size of the canyon. The trail ends at Bright Angel Campground and the Colorado River.  This trail is not recommended as a day hike and it is strenuous. If you want to make a day hike out of this trail then go off onto the Coconion Overlook (1.5 miles round trip) or the Supai Tunnel (4 miles round trip) (9.4 miles, 6 to 8 hours)

 

Ken Patrick Trail

This trail takes you from the trail head along the northern drainage of Bright Angel Canyon. You will wind through the forest and along the rim from Point Imperial to the North Kaibab Trail parking area. THIS IS NOT AN EASY TRAIL AND CAN BECOME DIFFICULT IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE TO FOLLOW. (Approx. 10 miles one way, 12 hours)

 

Some of the best times of the year to hike these trails are in May, September and in early October. The park is closed during the winter months due to snow.

Day hikes that go farther then Roaring Springs are not recommended as a day hike. If you are going on one of the trails that are not marked as “easy” then please check in with the Ranger station before you leave on your hike.  And remember to keep your eyes open for a sighting of Condors!

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Outdoor Adventure” should be the nick name for Southern Utah.

  Utah is one of the top destinations in the country for anyone who likes the outdoors.  There is a vast amount of outdoor activities and always something to fit everyone, especially in Southern Utah. If you like ATV riding, off-roading, hiking, rock climbing, cycling, jet skiing, boating, fishing, golfing or even just taking in the beautiful scenery then Southern Utah is the place for you.

The weather can change drastically from over 100 degrees in the peak summer months to under 30 degrees at night in the winter months. You may not run into any snow in the winter in St. George, UT but just 40 minutes away you can be snow skiing or hiking in the snow. The weather may be semi-warm at Zion National Park in the winter but the water is very cold, be prepared.  If you are planning on a trip to the area, then you need to be prepared for your adventure.

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  • Dressing in layers, even in hot weather, is always a good idea. You can always take off layers if you are warm but cannot add layers if you are cold. It is also important you always have a pair of long pants with you, even in the summer. Certain times of the year it is always a good idea to have a hat or some rain gear in your backpack in case you get that quick rain squall.
  • A couple of different pairs of shoes are the most important pieces of clothing to have with you. If you are hiking on a graded trail or at the water, then a pair of sandals could be OK but if you are visiting Zion National Park or going on an ATV adventure then you will need a sturdy paid of closed toed shoes.
  • Do not forget to bring a good pair of sunglasses that have a UV rating with you. The summer sun can be a bit intense at times so don’t forget to protect your eyes. Bring a good pair of sunglasses you won’t mind if they get dropped in a river or a sand dune.
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    • Always bring a first aid kit with you when in Southern Utah. Throw it in your backpack when you go on an adventure because you never know if you might get a blister from hiking in new hiking boots.

    Don’t forget SUNSCREEN

    • ALWAYS BRING A GOOD SUNSCREEN WITH YOU! Our sun can be intense in the summer so it is imperative you have a good sunscreen. DO NOT be afraid to use it often.
    • Even in the winter months we can have very high UV ratings so use sunscreen in the winter months as well.

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    • ALWAYS remember to bring plenty of lip balm with you. Remember your lips can get sunburned too.

    Water and Food

    • You will need to make sure you are ALWAYS hydrated!! You can never drink enough water in the desert. So, if you are hitting the trail, on an ATV adventure in the dunes, on the rocks or even in the water make sure you are bringing more water than you think you will need. If you are going on a tour, then ask if they provide water for you so you can lighten your load.
    • You will also want to pack a few small snacks like trail mix or protein bars, just in case. When you are out hiking trails, on the water or in the dunes, don’t forget to keep up your energy. Again, if you are taking a tour, ask if they provide snacks for you.

If your trip to Southern Utah includes an ATV or side-by-side UTV adventure on the best sand dunes in Utah, then just call the friendly staff at ATV & Jeep Adventure Tours and let them handle everything for you. The friendly staff can also help you find local accommodations and even other adventures such as zip lining, helicopter rides, mountain biking or even horseback riding with our partner companies.

Southern Utah is a year-round travel destination that has so much to offer. It is only a short two-hour drive from Las Vegas or a four-hour drive from Salt Lake City. Don’t miss out on one of the best outdoor travel destinations in the United States.  Outdoor Adventure

 

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If you are thinking of booking an ATV adventure tour and have questions then look no further. We’ve compiled a list of the frequently asked questions we get when someone wants to book a tour with us.

How long as ATV & Jeep Adventure Tours been in business?

  • Our company, ATV & Jeep Adventure Tours, was started by Jim and Laurie Clay over 21 years ago, we were the first adventure tour company of this kind to operate in Southern Utah and still the #1 ATV tour company in Southern Utah. After Jim’s passing, the company was sold to our current owners, who are from northern Utah, and they are very familiar with the rental and tour business. Our company is fully staffed from the general manager to the shop person, with people who have lived and worked within our local community for years. We have grown leaps and bounds in the last year and have had a banner year to date giving adventures and making memories for our guests. We don’t just give a tour, we provide adventure tours.

How long are your adventure tours?

  • We have several different options for tour length.

  • We have a short teaser tour that is 3 hours long. This is great for people short on time.

  • A well rounded and very popular half day adventure that is 3 ½ to 4 hours in length.

  • And lastly, we have our full day tour that is typically 5 to 5 ½ hours.

What times are your adventure tours?

  • Tour departure times vary depending on the time of year and the tour you select. We have tours that leave earlier and go out later in the summer and the reverse for winter. We will do the best to find a departure time that suits your needs.

Where do we meet you?

  • We have the pleasure of being able to stage our adventure tours directly out of Sand Hollow State Park. With ATV & Jeep Adventure tours when you get on your ATV you’re on the dirt ready to play, there is no riding on the road to get to the trail to start you tour.

How old must you be to come on tour?

  • We say that there is not minimum or maximum age to have an adventure. If you have a smaller child that typically uses a car seat in your car, then you will need to bring it along for the ride. Your child must be property restrained in the car seat when the machine is running. Children under 7 years old must ride in a UTV side by side, not an ATV. There is no age limit to have a great time with us. We recently had a fantastic 92-year-old woman have the time of her life on an adventure with us!

How old must you be to drive a machine?

  • To be the driver of an ATV you must be 16 years old. Those under 18 years old also need a valid Drivers License.

  • To be the driver of a UTV side by side you do have to be 21 years old, no exceptions.

  • To be a driver and have a passenger on a 2-Up, 2-person ATV, you must be 18 years old.

Can we wear shorts and flip flops on our adventure tours?

  • No. For safety reasons you are required to wear long pants and closed toe protective footwear such as sneakers or boots. We cannot allow flip flops or sandals to be worn on any of our tours.

Do we need to bring our own water?

  • No. You are welcome to bring your own water bottle but our guides will be equipped with a cooler full of ice cold water and snacks for everyone.

Are there restrooms available during the tour?

  • No, the only restrooms are located where you begin the tour and our guides always remind everyone to visit the restroom before your tour begins.

  • Even while on tour, our guides are prepared for all situations so just let them know you need to use the restroom and they will advise you as to what to do.

What if the weather is bad and it is raining or looks like rain?

  • We ask that you still meet your guide 30 minutes before your tour time at the staging location at Sand Hollow State Park. You and your guide will decide if you want to go on your tour and if our guide feels it is safe. Our rain storms typically are very short and do not stick around for long. Our guides do carry rain gear with them just in case. Plus, it’s a blast to ride in the rain!

Can pregnant women go on our adventure tours?

  • No. Since it can be a bumpy ride at times we do not want to risk the safety and well-being of any pregnant woman or her child.

What happens if someone gets hurt?

  • We require all our guides to be fully trained in CPR and First Aid and carry first kits. Each guide carries a cell phone with them at all times.  Our tours are always within cell phone range where a guide could call for help if they feel they cannot render adequate first aid.

Does everyone have to wear a helmet?

  • Yes. Safety is our first concern and we do provide DOT approved helmets for each guest. The guides will typically tell you if the key to the machine is in the off position then you can take off your helmet. We require helmets to be worn by everyone whenever they’re machines are running.

The most frequently asked question is…………..

Do we need to tip our guide?

  • Our guides work very hard to make sure everyone is safe and has an exceptional time. We do not require a gratuity but your guide will always appreciate the thoughtfulness of a guest expressing their appreciation for the hard work they do. Tip income goes a long way toward making guiding a viable career option.

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 Tuacahn Amphitheatre is a popular attraction for tourists and locals in Southern Utah. With spectacular views, nestled between 1500-foot red rock cliffs, with shows and entertainment you will never forget.  During the summer months they feature Utah’s finest actors, in some of Broadway’s greatest productions.  This unique outdoor theater is enhanced by Southern Utah’s famous red rock and natural desert scenery, which makes every show unique. Every year thousands of people from all over the world come to experience the beauty, performances, actors, and atmosphere that only Tuacahn offers.


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PETER PAN

Everybody can experience magical childhood memories, and dream a little when they watch J.M. Barrie’s famous story Peter Pan.  They bring the story to life right before your eyes in the red rock canyon with Pixie dust, pirates and Neverland.  They brought this show back after ten years, and the stadium was packed with anticipation from opening night on. They bring the story to life with majestic views, and the panoramic background is sure to leave you stunned.  You will witness Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, and the Children flying over the stage just like in the classic version we all remember and love.  Peter Pan will run through mid -October 2016. 

 

HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME

Tuacahn will take you back in time to the 15th century in Paris.  Based on the novel and traditional songs from the Disney feature, as well as new songs, you will love this performance.  This story has a message that will touch the heart of all ages, and is about being a true hero.  They put a new twist on the show, but you will still see Victor Hugo’s original message of honor, love and betrayal.  Don’t miss the Hunchback of Notre Dame beginning in August 2016.

 

TARZAN

As the cool fall weather arrives, and Halloween is all around us, come experience the best show for the season, Odyssey Dance Theatre’s Thriller.  For many locals, this is a tradition during the Halloween season.  From the amazing costumes, dancing, comedy, and of course scenery, this show is truly something the family will never forget.  You will experience it all; skeletons, Frankenstein, werewolves, and mummies.  You can bring a warm blanket, snuggle up, and they have warm delicious hot chocolate available.  Thriller starts October 21-29, so get ready for crisp fall weather, laughs and spooky scares.

 

 

THRILLER

As the cool fall weather arrives, and Halloween is all around us, come experience the best show for the season, Odyssey Dance Theatre’s Thriller.  For many locals, this is a tradition during the Halloween season.  From the amazing costumes, dancing, comedy, and of course scenery, this show is truly something the family will never forget.  You will experience it all; skeletons, Frankenstein, werewolves, and mummies.  You can bring a warm blanket, snuggle up, and they have warm delicious hot chocolate available.  Thriller starts October 21-29, so get ready for crisp fall weather, laughs and spooky scares.

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CHRISTMAS IN THE CANYON

Tuacahn’s Christmas in The Canyon is November 27th through December 21st.  There is no better way to get into the best season of the year, then experiencing this magical presence of lights and festivities.  You can also enjoy Christmas items and Holiday gifts located at the Tuacahn Gift Gallery.  They offer delicious Holiday treats, hot chocolate and Christmas music.  They present a popular live Nativity which is a family favorite tradition.  You can take the kids to see Santa Claus, and ride a Holiday train.   This is an event that the entire family will cherish, and there is no better way to feel the Holiday magic then experiencing it at Tuacahn.

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The Zion Canyon Overlook trail at Zion National Park is a fairly easy hike that will reward you with panoramic views of the canyon that will leave you breathless. The entire hike was only a little bit more than a mile round trip and only takes about 40 minutes. If you are looking for a short hike, are pressed for time or have the kids or grandparent with you, then this is the hike for you.

The trail is well marked and is hiker friendly, can accommodate most people but is not handicapped accessible. The very beginning is the hardest part of the trail and it can seem a bit steep for some people. Once you get past the initial bit of climbing, nothing serious just a bit steep, then the rest of the hike is fairly level with small up and downs as you make your way out to the overlook. Since it is only about ½ a mile to the overlook most people can make the hike in about 20 minutes or so. You will want to take you time to enjoy the mesas and red rock formation you will see along the way to the overlook as well as the gorgeous views.

The Zion overlook trail not only offers view of the canyon and pine creek below but if you look toward the tunnel then you will also notice where the windows were carved into the rock as part of Zion tunnel during construction.

All in all, this is a great short hike that everyone should take the 40 minutes to enjoy. Take the kids and grandparents as this hike is sure to please the entire family, and the views will not disappoint anyone.

If you are going to Zion National Park, then this is a great short hike to plan on taking  before or after going on an ATV/UTV tour with ATV & Jeep Adventure tours!

West Temple, Altar of Sacrifice, and Sundial at sunrise, Zion National Park, near Springdale, Utah, cottonwood Trees in Fall Foliage, near st. George, Ut