New Trip! Canyons of Utah: Grand Staircase-Escalante

Our tour offerings in the American Southwest grow by one today as we announce a new hiker photo tour to another southern Utah location, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Backcountry Journeys has developed an exciting lodge-based, hiker photo tour of this magnificent hidden gem of Utah’s canyon country. 


Escalante is a “diamond-in-the-rough” type of place – perfect for photographers and explorers alike – who are looking for sights equal in amazement to the more acclaimed National Parks but without crowds. 

The National Monument, dedicated as recently as 1996, protects 1.7 million acres of rocky moon-like landscape. Erosion of the ancient sedimentary rock here has revealed deep canyons and an array of shaped rock and colorful mudstone, shale, sandstone and limestone layers that are truly hard to believe exist. 

Join Backcountry Journeys as we’ll hike to the must-see highlights of this high desert and carved canyon landscape. Here we’ll find, and photograph, haunting rock formations, deep and narrow slot canyons, and creeks and arches under glorious high desert skies. The photography opportunities in the monument are all reached via day hikes – the hiking is beautiful but rugged so be prepared. We have departures in both the Spring & Fall starting in 2020 and you can book this trip in conjunction with our Zion & Bryce hiker trip or our Arches & Canyonlands hiker trip for a longer stay in “Canyon Country”. 

Canyons of Utah: Grand Staircase-Escalante

Lodge based / Hiker Photo Trip

6 Days / from $3495

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Kenton Krueger








Kenton Krueger grew up and spent the first 33 years of his life in the corn country of Omaha, Nebraska. After studying aviation at the University of Nebraska Omaha’s Aviation Institute, he “conned” his way into the newsroom at the award-winning Omaha World-Herald where for 3+ years he wrote and photographed news articles on a variety of topics such as community events, travel and even mixed martial arts for the sports department. Yet something was missing. While on backpacking trips to Grand Teton and Grand Canyon National Parks in the mid-2000’s he was quick to realize that the wild lands of the western United States stoked a fire in his heart as nothing else could. This realization led to a relocation to Flagstaff, Arizona, and he hasn’t looked back. He has spent the past several years guiding backpackers, hikers and photographers into the wild places of the American West such as Havasu Falls, Grand Canyon, and Yellowstone National Parks as well as in the Grand Staircase Escalante in southern Utah. In addition to backpacking and camping, his adventures include rock climbing, exploring the slot canyons of southern Utah, mountain biking, and bagging 14ers in Colorado’s San Juan Mountain Mountain Range. Kenton is a trail runner, a former pilot, newspaper photographer, and writer. Kenton looks forward to utilizing his years of guiding experience, combined with his passion and experience behind the lens to provide memorable and unforgettable experiences at the wild places we will visit together.