While the Alps are our most common summer destination sometimes it is nice to go on an adventure a little bit closer to home. Through our sister company, Rubicon Outdoors we’re proud to offer the same curated travel experiences that you’re used to in the European Alps in some of our favorite North American destinations. These tours will allow you to explore a range of environments and areas on both coasts with a great selection of tours in our own backyard here in the Southwest. Our local experts have put together tours that allow you to explore some quieter hikes and experience the best of what each location has to offer with the same style and flexibility that you’re used to with Alpinehikers.
The Colorado Rockies are famous for their jagged peaks with 58 of them towering above 14,000 feet and thousands of other smaller peaks in between. Our 8 day, 7 night village based hiking tour highlights a few of the best stops in the state with daily hiking recommendations and an iconic through hike in one of the most famously photographed mountain ranges, the Maroon Bells.
Our Best of the Colorado Rockies trip begins with three nights in the historic mining town of Crested Butte with daily picturesque hikes leading to secluded lakes or mountain peaks with incredible views and rainbow colored wildflowers along the way. Crested Butte is a small town with numerous local bed and breakfast accommodations or small mountain inns. We’ll arrange your stay at one of our favorites.
After three days of exploring the best of this quiet remote mountain town, you’ll drive (or hike) to a “little town called Aspen”. Here your continue with three additional days of iconic mountain exploration based from a glamorous hotel downtown. Complimentary hearty breakfasts are included throughout your tour with the exception of your last morning in Boulder and we’ll include a list of our favorite lunch pickup spots and dinner recommendations each evening.
A New England summer would not be complete without exploring the rocky coast of the North Atlantic, or the rugged peaks of the White Mountains. The New England Sea to Summit Dayhike Adventure combo tour sends you from sea to summit with opportunities for adventure at every turn. Set out for a paddle by kayak or SUP, enjoy a swim at the beach, and treat yourself to a sunset sail aboard an authentic traditional fishing schooner before heading north for 4 days of hiking in the White Mountains.
Accommodations range from luxury hotels to cozy inns. Located north of Boston on Cape Ann, Gloucester is America’s oldest continuous seaport. Although it was fished for centuries by many cultures before being settled by Europeans in 1623, one of the earliest well-known records of the area is Samuel de Champlain’s 1606 account. The chart he created refers to Gloucester as “le beau port” or beautiful harbor, and once you arrive it’s immediately easy to understand why. After a short drive from Boston, you’ll spend your first two nights here in beachfront luxury.
Home to 48 peaks over 4,000 feet, the White Mountains of New Hampshire are one of the greatest outdoor playgrounds in the northeast. With so many trails to choose from, there’s something for everyone. We’ve picked out some of our favorites for you. Tackle the challenging summit of Mount Washington–the highest peak east of the Mississippi–or explore the areas near Franconia and Crawford Notches. North Conway and Franconia, New Hampshire bookend all of it, and you’ll spend two nights each here as a base for your mountain adventures.
If you haven’t been to Northern California before, you’re going to wonder what took you so long. Our Lake Tahoe Adventure brings you to this unique emerald blue refuge with an average depth of 1600 ft, it is the 2nd deepest lake in North America and certainly one of the prettiest.
Lake Tahoe sits high in the Sierras at 6225 ft, surrounded by a ring of impressive mountains, numerous meadows and endless pine trees. A paradise for hikers, the region is also a multi-sport dream. The mountains are threaded with trails along streams, to higher alpine lakes or to panoramic peaks for 360 degree views. Relax with a beach day on one of the sunny lake shores. Rent a bike and try out one of the world-class mountain biking trails or spend a leisurely day along a lakeside trail. Rent paddleboards for a day on the water, or treat yourself to a sailboat cruise along the lake. A week is not enough to experience it all.
Straddling California and Nevada, it is easily accessible from both Sacramento (2 hrs) and Reno (30 minutes). Fly in, rent a car, and you will be breathing the fresh woodsy air high in the mountains. We like to start in the delightful little town of Truckee. Just off the lake, Truckee has great restaurants and shops and a fun bohemian vibe. Our home here is the gorgeous Cedar House Lodge, a true hiker’s home base, where Jeff and Patty Baird are your eager, friendly hosts. They will greet you with a welcome dinner and answers to any questions you have about the area.
Truckee is not on the lake, but everything is close, and each day you’ll have a variety of great hikes to choose from. After 3 beautiful days and nights in Truckee, you’ll transfer down to South Lake Tahoe, where you stay at the Landing, an exquisite lakeside hotel that is close to numerous great hikes on this side of the lake.
Options abound. If you’d like a longer or shorter stay, we can arrange that. You can also stay all 6 nights in Truckee as an affordable, welcoming homebase for the whole region.
The desert Southwest is much more than sand, saguaros and dry heat. Many people are surprised by what they find upon first arrival in Northern Arizona set between about 5000 to 8000 feet above sea level, this part of the state is much cooler throughout the year compared to its southern counterpart and includes an immensely varied landscape. Northern Arizona not only home to the Grand Canyon but also a diverse landscape of pinyon-juniper and ponderosa forests, chaparral, and riparian creeks that are all scattered across mountains and canyons making for a new scene everywhere you look. Flagstaff is home to Arizona’s highest peak often seen towering in the distance at over 12,000 feet and is snow-capped much of the year.
Southern Utah is perhaps the greatest place in the world to get up close and personal with some of the most enchanting and mystifying geology on Earth. Twisting canyons, natural arches, spires, and hoodoos seem to appear from nowhere, the formation of which takes some serious mental gymnastics to comprehend. Catch a sunset glowing off these red rock cliffs and you just may never see the world the same way. Our lodge-based Southern Utah Highlights tours offer the best of Utah, visiting Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
We love to spend most our free time out adventuring outdoors, and there’s a good reason we’ve chosen to live here. We invite you to come see what it’s all about!
Discover the magic of the Canadian Rockies! Huge limestone peaks, turquoise lakes, wild animals, and abundant trails. After arriving in the friendly Calgary airport and renting a car, it is just over an hour to the small town of Canmore in the Canadian Rockies, and then a short drive further to Banff National Park.
You’ll spend 3 nights in Banff exploring mountain valleys and glacier-fed rivers while relaxing in a comfortable hotel each night. The hiking options are nearly endless… Harvey Pass with it’s stunning views, iconic Lake Louise and the Plain of the Six Glaciers, Moraine Lake and Valley of the Ten Peaks… you will not lack for options.
It might be hard to leave, but there’s more to see, so after 3 nights it’s time to move along. The drive to Jasper National Park along the Icefields parkway may be one of the best drives in the world, winding along the Continental Divide with unfair views at every turn. Nearby Yoho Park (named, appropriately, after a Cree expression of awe and wonder) is a notable stop with many hiking options. The drive terminates at our favorite Rockies town, Jasper.
Jasper began its life as a fur trading post in the early 1800’s and has retained a healthy low-key charm. It is a great jumping off point for hikes to Maligne Lake, taking the gondola up Whistler’s Peak and for hikes near the colossal Mount Robson, the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies. After 3 nights here, relive your route along the Icefields parkway back to Calgary and flight home.
Your days will start with breakfast at your hotel giving you a hearty start to a full day. Then you’ll be out on the trail, exploring the wonderful trails of Banff and Jasper. Our hike descriptions will give you plenty of options for long days and shorter jaunts. Later, explore the many great restaurants in each location, while you plan for the next days’ adventure!