1. Guides know the lay of the land.
If you’re relying on Google, Instagram, or other apps to find the best trails or spots in an area, you aren’t alone. Social media funnels tens of thousands of people to photogenic lakes, trails, and vistas, and in turn, increasing crowds practically everywhere that’s been geotagged (National parks visitor numbers have increased 26 percent over the last decade, according to the Associated Press).
Every outdoor mecca has its superlative singletrack, but it also hides hundreds of miles of lesser-known trails, remote lakes, and “secret” campsites. The best way to utilize these networks? Book an Adventure with a guide. You’ll eliminate hours spent researching, planning, and navigating and have a better chance at ditching the crowds.
2. Guides can offer activity expertise and local etiquette tips.
With activities like skiing and biking, the learning process never ends. Under the tutelage of experienced guides, you’ll pick up tips and good habits through osmosis. Guides know what equipment to bring and how to use it. They can suggest everything from what outerwear to pack to how much water and food to bring. When visiting a new locale, riding, hiking or skiing with a guide helps you learn local etiquette, avoid faux-pas, and feel comfortable out of your element.
3. Guides can personalize the day and activity for you and your needs.
Guides’ familiarity with a wide range of trails means they can match a route or itinerary with you or your group’s ability level. A guide not only knows the trails but how to link them together, which direction to bike, hike, or run them and when to access the trails (considering time of day and weather conditions) to enhance your experience and fit within your schedule.
4. Guides can help you plan to maximize efficiency.
Time seems more valuable than ever these days, so why not spend your time enjoying an activity rather than zooming in to the pixelated screenshot of some directions you found online. Whether you have a half-day in Boulder to go for a road ride before grabbing an Uber to DIA, or your friends need an active day of hiking during a bachelorette trip, exploring with a guide can help you to make the most of your limited time and take you to the right spot with the best conditions. When you book an Adventure you’re tapping into an entire community of knowledge, which can help you from ending up on a trail obstructed with fallen trees or too much mud from a recent storm.
5. Guides help you join the community.
When you adventure with expert area guides, you join the community. Guides know more than just great trails. They know which coffee shop roasts their own beans, which locally owned brewery visitors usually miss, and who serves the best local food. You’ll be keeping your dollars in the local community and making a positive impact. They often share stories about interesting history and culture. This usually results in a better appreciation for the area you’re visiting.
It’s your turn, go see what’s really out there.