The camping forecast changed 20 degrees colder but Mike was ready! We all slept in the canyon comfortably with chilly temperatures and 54 mile an hour gale winds on the first night at the bottom of the canyon and we woke up to hot coffee in the morning. He thought of everything. The time spent with my family is time I will truly treasure. This was a bucket list for our family and with fond memories and tremendous gratitude we will check it off our list. Thank you Mike for everything! I highly recommend Mike as a guide! Five star on all aspects!
Donna St. John
Our guide Mike was very knowledgable regarding the history of the canyon, its geology, and many of the plants and trees we saw along the way. He was also very professional taking the time to talk of trail safety, hydration, sun protection, etc before we left. We were not hurried, and we stopped frequently to take pictures and just look at the amazing views including the river and distant mountains not seen elsewhere. We spent about three hours in all and it was memorable. If you are planning on hiking the trails of the Canyon with a guide, you will enjoy your experience with Mike.
Jack L. McCardle
Mike is very interested in finding the right part of the canyon for you — what you want to see, your skill level, your interests, etc. He seemed very passionate about the environment so you can also feel good about having a tour guide who isn’t going to exploit or harm the location. Mike has a science background and has done lots of primary research into the canyon which he is excited to share, but this won’t be a boring slog — he’s equally comfortable with chemistry and geology as he is music or pop culture. I can’t recommend him highly enough whether you want a scientific and historical view of this environmental wonder or you just want a fun day of hiking with a cool guy.
The rocks take a lot of study to understand and integrate into a vision of what happened here. Mike seems to see this vision, and therefore he can give it to others. I was fascinated when he talked about the lizard tracks that he found along the trailside on a rock: “When these tracks were made, the lizard was travelling downhill: otherwise, the sand would have backfilled the track.” I like that it isn’t marked with a sign. This is the sort of place that you can’t interpret without help — a person to tell you the stories that you want to hear.