About Adventure HQ

At Grand Canyon Headquarters, we understand that every individual has different expectations when it comes to outdoor exploration. Our expert team will work with you to plan your perfect Grand Canyon adventure. After booking any of our packages, our knowledgeable staff will be in contact to ask questions about what you would like to see and do and will expertly craft an itinerary just for you.

Memories for a lifetime

Our deeply experienced guides work with you to tailor every moment of your experience. Optimized for your experience level, intentions, and group size no two hikes are ever the same with Adventure HQ.

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Adventure & Experience

Our guides have decades of experience exploring the region. Exploring the region with extensive knowledge of how the weather of the day impacts each possible adventure.

Whether a casual walking experience, intensive technical hiking, or an adventure optimized for photography is what you seek our private tailored experiences have you and your guests covered.

Safety First

Our guides are fully permitted for your safety and to provide the best possible experience while exploring the majesty  of the Grand Canyon and the surrounding region.

Tying a Knot

Meet some of our awesome guides!

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Haley Johnson

Haley Johnson is a Certified Interpetive Guide and Wilderness First Responder.

 

She grew up here in Arizona, the Grand Canyon State and began hiking around age ten with her mom, dad and sister. She has lived at Grand Canyon since 2012 and spent most of the time working as a hiking, backpacking, bicycling and jeep tour guide. She has also been an Interpetive Ranger for the National Park Service in other parks and wishes to help others to under and love these beautiful spaces.

Her passion for the Southwest, and Grand Canyon specifically, is obvious and contagious when she speaks of the rich cultural and pioneer history of the region. She is a fierce protector of the land and history and her motto is "If I can teach one person one new thing each tour than I have done my job. If that person becomes a protector, a steward of the land, than I have done my job well!"

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Lisa Kearsley

Lisa came to love the Grand Canyon while spending her childhood summers on the North Rim as her father studied Kaibab squirrels. She moved to Arizona in the 1980s to earn a master’s degree in biology at Northern Arizona University and, like many who have come to Arizona, she never left. 

She has worked for the National Park Service at Grand Canyon as an interpretive park ranger and as a researcher, studying the effects of Glen Canyon Dam on the river, and she wrote and published a river guide book, the San Juan River Guide.

 

She eventually found that introducing people to the Southwest is her true calling, and she now focuses on helping people experience the Grand Canyon through trips on the canyon’s rims and on hikes into the canyon.

She also is a natural science illustrator, working with pen and ink and watercolor.

Chris Zielinski

Chris grew up playing in the woods of New England. As a youngster he hiked every mountain and ran every river he could. After completing his college education he moved to Arizona to pursue a graduate degree. In the deserts and canyons of the Southwest he continued to explore every chance he could. Chris has gained a deep sense of place and love for the southwest, from the high plateaus to the deepest canyons. He has worked as a guide, instructor, and teacher for many years and gets great joy out of sharing his love of nature with others.

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Sherri O'Neill

Sherri grew up in Connecticut backpacking the Appalachian trail, but when she began backpacking in Grand Canyon in the early 1990s, she knew she wanted to live and work there. She lived at Grand Canyon for nearly a decade, and in that time worked for the National Park Service as an Interpretive Ranger and also as a Backcountry Ranger; both positions allowing her to pursue her passion for the canyon and its trails.

 

In her time at Grand Canyon, Sherri has hiked thousands of miles and led ranger programs and tours on archaeology, ethnobotany, and geology. Sherri's additional canyon experience includes rafting the Colorado River during science research projects, and studying anthropology and archaeology at Northern Arizona University. Besides leading canyon trips, Sherri is a silversmith and a certified yoga teacher. She is a Certified Interpretive Guide and a Wilderness First Responder.