A Traditional Woodcraft Camping School
Dawn in the desert embodies the renewed spirit and energy that we receive from a new perspective. This happens everyday that one wakes up in the desert. The dawn is always invigorating with excitement for the new day.
Desert DAWN guides and instructors reveal the landscape treasures of South Central Utah’s riparian canyons, high desert and forested mountains. Our guided tours are rooted in the natural and cultural history of the area while our outdoor skills excursions include traditional woodcraft skills.
Day Trips and Multi-day Trips are available.
Personalized Experiences with Local Guides
Each adventure is individually designed, taking into account your skills, abilities and interest. We combine your needs with our skills and comprehensive knowledge of the land to create your personalized multi-day excursion or day tour. Our guides live locally in Boulder, Utah and have guided and taught extensively from the adjacent lands.
Day Hikes, Driving Tours & Woodcraft Skills Day Camps
Explore the marvels of the canyons and mountains by day and enjoy the distinctive hospitality of Boulder, Utah by night. Chose from Riparian Canyon Hikes, Slickrock Hikes, Rim-to-River Hikes, Boulder Mountain Hikes, Driving Tours or Woodcraft Skills Day Camps.
Back Country Excursions, Family Excursions, Overnight Excursions, Organization Retreats
Enjoy a unique experience with friends, family or colleagues and explore nature according to your own schedule and interest for education, vacation or retreat. Excursion durations of overnight to multiple weeks.
Free Your Mind Take a step away from the phones, the computers, the tablets and into nature’s solitude. Since the early days of civilization, humans have retreated to nature for the grounding affect of nature’s solitude. Read more about why people come to Desert DAWN.
New for 2018 Vintage Birding Course
The Vintage Birding Course is a journey back to the Golden Days of the naturalist. During the 1800’s many naturalist were held in high esteem. The likes of Charles Darwin and John Audubon made significant advances in the understanding of nature. By the end of the 1800’s people were flocking to the woods, the forest or the deserts as respite from city life and to explore nature in the ways of the naturalist. We are recreating these experiences with the Vintage Birding Course. Read More.
Trail Craft and Camp Craft Courses
Discover the wonders of nature using traditional woodcraft camping skills: Rope Craft, Knife Craft, Fire Craft, Shelter Craft, Pack Craft, Camp Craft and Trail Craft. Base camp or trail travel course formats allow you to chose your level of adventure.
Quality Instead of Quantity
We consciously do not create a large web presence for two key reasons. Primarily, we are more excited about hiking in nature and exploring new areas or developing and improving skills than we are about sitting on a device and writing about doing these things. Secondly, our business model is not about growth and expansion and becoming the biggest and grandest outdoor company. Our business model is about providing simple individualized experiences that have the potential to be transformative for our clients. Our business model can only succeed if we are not overwhelmed with business, which would direct our attention to managing a business rather than managing your experience in nature. So, Facebook, not active. Twitter, nope. Smart Phone nope. Blogging rarely. Those who have found us have either been directed to us by others or have patiently looked for the right group of guides that can provide a uniquely individualized experience.
Staying outdoors, staying small and staying simple; it works for us and it works for you.
“Come home to nature, it welcomes you.”
Join us for an instructive exploration of the spectacular riparian canyon and desert slickrock environments of Escalante River canyon system within the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the forest and mountain environments of Boulder Mountain within the Dixie National Forest, all of which surrounds the cozy little town of Boulder, Utah in South Central Utah.