About Desert DAWN

Life at a Smaller Scale

HIking with Classic Trail Camping Gear

Hiking the Escalante River with Traditional Woodcraft Camping Gear.

Desert Dawn is committed to teaching skills that are closely in balance with the ways of nature.  Desert Dawn’s Backcountry Excursions, Day Tours and Woodcraft Camping Courses focus on bringing life back to a smaller scale, allowing us to directly see the impact of our actions and cultivating a sense of ownership for these actions.


Discovering Self through Discovering Nature


Quiet time in the desert has for millennia been a means of self-discovery.

Desert DAWN teaches in a way that guides students to discover nature through direct participation using just a few basic technologies.   Students come to know and understand nature; they learn of the many ways in which nature can provide for one’s comfort; and they become empowered to do more with less in nature.   The goal is to teach skills that allow you to be at home in nature instead of being merely a visitor in nature.

Traditional Woodcraft Camping Technologies

Canvas has long been used to create a home away from home.

Canvas has long been used to create a home away from home.

The technologies we use resemble those of the classic woodcraft camping era, the early 1900’s.  Our woodcraft camping program is about enjoying and exploring nature.   At base camps we use canvas tents and cook over open fires using dutch ovens.  When camping on the trail we replace a backpack laden with gear with a some basic gear, woodcraft skills and a head full of knowledge about nature.  Woodcraft camping courses are available in two formats: traveling courses known as Trail Crafter Courses; and base camp courses known as Camp Crafter Courses.


Learn more…What is Woodcraft Camping?

Come home to nature, it welcomes you.

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 

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