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Desert DAWN

Boulder, UT, USA
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About Desert DAWN
Desert DAWN Day Tours ~ Campfire Experiences ~ Multi-day Backcountry Adventures. We look forward to designing your next Boulder, Utah based adventure and to sharing with your group the treasures of the Escalante River Canyons and Boulder Mountain. Desert DAWN guides live in Boulder, Utah and have hiked, guided and taught extensively on these lands. Come Home to Nature, It Welcomes You.
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Michael M wrote a review Jun 2020
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We just got back from a 7 day trip exploring souther utah. Jeff lead our family of 5, including 3 girls from 5-13 years old, through a day hike outside of Escalante. The experience was absolutely a pinnacle of our week! Jeff is knowledgable and a great leader who gave us access to an amazing on tracked slot canyon. THANK YOU JEFF and Desert Dawn!!!! The Miller's
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Lstevenson wrote a review Nov 2019
Cincinnati, Ohio8 contributions6 helpful votes
My husband and I just returned from a day hike with Jeff, and it was one of the most amazing experiences we've ever had. Such beauty, solitude, and great company! I appreciated that Jeff took the time to meet with us the night before to make sure he was tailoring the day to our interests and abilities. He is very knowledgeable about the area, has great guide skills, and is a whole lot of fun to spend a day with! If you want a unique experience getting off the beaten track, I highly recommend Desert Dawn!
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from JeffS5211, Owner at Desert DAWN
Responded Dec 16, 2019
I am pleased you were able to experience fall hiking in the Escalante Canyons. The temperatures are cool and the low angle of the sun allows the colors of the slickrock to become extremely vibrant. I had a great day hiking with you and your husband and I loved going the extra mile to places that are rarely visited. Hopefully we will have an opportunity to hike together again. Happy Trails
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Debbie wrote a review Nov 2019
Saint Louis, Missouri10 contributions1 helpful vote
My adult daughter and I booked a three day backpacking trip with Desert Dawn in the Grand Escalante area. It was absolutely magnificent! Jeff was a great guide. He did a great job of finding beautiful slot canyons to take us through, which was something my daughter and I both wanted to see. My son and I had taken a slot canyon tour near Page, AZ and this was a totally different experience. My daughter and I were able to experience it with so much solitude and the slot canyon he took us to was absolutely beautiful. He was also a great person to hang out with for three days which is pretty important for an experience like this! And he even brought along coffee! And he really went above and beyond the call of duty. The night before, my daughter and I camped out at Lower Calf Creek Falls and it was already getting chilly by 6:00 when Jeff met up with us for a little pre-trip meeting. So he drove us back to his house to get us some firewood and gave us some blankets and a sleeping bag liner! I would definitely recommend Desert Dawn for backpacking in the Grand Escalante area, a place you definitely wouldn't want to get lost in.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from JeffS5211, Owner at Desert DAWN
Responded Dec 16, 2019
The Escalante Canyons constantly amaze, however the timing for your trip was spot on. The fall colors within the canyon were wonderfully golden. When you have a spectacular location with magical surroundings and enthusiastic hiking partners then the experience is bound to touch the soul. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your mother and daughter adventure. I look forward to sharing more of this country with you in the near future. Best wishes.
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Martinj911 wrote a review Sep 2019
Dallas, Texas86 contributions58 helpful votes
My husband and I have hiked all over the world, but the hike we did with Jeff was one of the best hikes we’ve done! Slick rock, narrows and water hiking all in the same day. We didn’t see another person until about 15 minutes before we ended the day. It was an awesome day! Jeff was excellent! Great conversation and knowledge. Would love to hike with him again!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from JeffS5211, Owner at Desert DAWN
Responded Sep 12, 2019
It was such a pleasure to hike with you and your husband in the Escalante Canyons. I was pleased that the weather cooperated to provide such a pleasant climate for the hike. A great day with beautiful scenery, spectacular weather and amazing company. Thank you for allowing me to share some of this landscape with you. Until next time, Jeff
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Anne R wrote a review Mar 2019
Lancaster, Pennsylvania8 contributions4 helpful votes
Take the path less travelled with Desert Dawn. My family and I got to spend an unforgettable day with Jeff hiking through some sweet slot canyons that shall remain nameless! Jeff was extremely professional and very generous with his knowledge. There's nothing better than learning about the Grand Staircase Escalante from someone who lives it everyday. And when our hike came to and end, not including a side trip to the Kiva coffeehouse for some delectables, Jeff and his partner Matt were kind enough to teach our son how to start a friction fire using just two sticks. If you find yourself in Boulder Utah, give Jeff a call (don't text!) - you'll remember it forever.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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Response from JeffS5211, Owner at Desert DAWN
Responded Mar 30, 2019
I had such a wonderful day with you and your family. Hiking this area is always spectacular and it was a bonus for Matt and I to be able to help your son make his first fire-by-friction. I look forward to sharing more time with your family in the Boulder area. Happy trails.
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