Desert DAWN

A Traditional Woodcraft Camping School

Dawn in the Desert is always spectacular

The desert bestows many amazing vistas to enjoy the dawn. This one overlooks the Escalante River.

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 Trips


The Escalante River creates the backdrop for a relaxing summer day hike.

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.


Multi-Day Trips


Friends enjoy a moment of serenity on an Overnight Excursion.

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

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Florence Merriam Bailey in camp near Queens New Mexico, 1901.  Photo by Vernon Bailey.  Photo courtesy of Vernon Bailey Papers, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.

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.


Traditional Woodcraft Camping Courses

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Simple gear and traditional woodcraft camping skills are the key ingredients for a “Less is More” approach to trail travel. Photo by Paul Bojan

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.

Explore More:

Woodcraft Camping Courses               Custom Excursions                Family Excursions               Day Hikes
What is Woodcraft Camping?              Woodcraft Skills – Our Core Curriculum
Vision and Mission        Contact Us          Staff Stories

4 Responses to Desert DAWN

  1. harold wulff says:

    I have been on many foreign and domestic adventures, and I am always yearning for a new one.

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  3. I and my two son’s were treated to an amazing adventure with Jeff in the Escalante wilderness. When I called Jeff about wanting something more than an excursion I never dreamed we could experience so much, learn so much or appreciate so much on a what one would think of as a simple backpacking trip. It will always be a time we will never forget. Thank you Jeff for everything you shared and for sharing yourself most of all.
    I hope we cross paths again, Marc

  4. Ernst and Susan Taeger says:

    My wife and I celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary in Boulder, Utah, and were treated to two days of break-taking hiking trips during which Jeff led us to places we never imagined going to by ourselves. HIs expertise and knowledge of the area were simply amazing. Not only did we leave with a new appreciation of the beauty of the area, we left having gained a new friend. Thank you for an exceptional time with you! Until we meet again!

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