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Get To Know Our Guides: Sarah


Sarah Williams Haderlie was born the youngest of 4 girls to Ross and Cindy Williams. She grew up in southern Utah and had the luxury of having parents that took her adventuring in the outdoors from an early age. Sarah went to Cedar High School, swimming on the high school swim team and playing water polo all four years. Upon graduating high school, Sarah moved to California to continue playing water polo for a year in college. After a year she moved back to Utah to complete her education at Southern Utah University. In 2011 she graduated with a Bachelors of Science majoring in Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management. 

In the last 7 years Sarah has worked a variety of outdoor jobs including Wild Land Fire Fighting, wilderness therapy programs for youth and adults, and high adventure back country guiding. Her passions include her family, rock climbing and canyoneering with her husband and anything having to do with water including boating, wake boarding and water skiing. Sarah loves southern Utah and the National Parks in this beautiful area and she loves the opportunity she has to share her home stomping grounds as well as her knowledge and passion for the outdoors with others through Southwest Adventure Tours.ImageImage

Monument Valley

Monument Valley is a breathtaking area of the Colorado Plateau that has breathtaking sandstone buttes and mesas. It was made famous by all of the Westerns filmed there since the 1930’s. When people think of the West in America – Monument Valley is what they think of.  When you’re there its hard to imagine the formations were created by erosion of the Rocky Mountains being deposited into sandstone.

To visit Monument Valley, you pay an entrance fee and you can drive along a dirt road. There are areas of the valley that you can only access by being on a tour. Make sure to stop by the visitors center and try some of the prickly pear 

Here are some photos from some of our tours in the beautiful Monument Valley:Image 

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Who wants to visit Monument Valley?


National Park Week Kick Off!!

National Park Week!!

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National Park Week Kickoff

Happy National Park Week!

It’s here! What we’ve been waiting for all year! Tomorrow officially kicks off National Park Week- April 19-27! Each spring, National Park Service and National Park Foundation come together to celebrate the history of over 400 national parks in America! Whether your a hiker, camper, animal lover, or photographer, our Nation’s parks are for just everyone!

To kick off opening weekend, there will be free admission to ALL parks Nation-wide! To find a park near you, visit! Stay tuned for more posts featuring National Park Week!

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Weekend Getaway Photo Contest!

Wanting to get away? Now you can! Simply post your best adventure travel photo on our Facebook page and if your photo gets the most likes you will win a 2 night stay at any Hilton or Best Western property anywhere in the world! (Max value $400!!)

Click here to post: Weekend Getaway Photo Contest
There are also BONUS ways to get likes:

-Liking Us on Facebook (1 Like)
-Following Us on Twitter (@SWATours) (5 Likes)
-Following Our Blog @ (5 likes)
-Getting Your Friends to Like Our Facebook Page (10 Bonus Likes PER PERSON! – Get your friends to mention our your photo’s comments that they liked the page)

The contest runs until FEBRUARY 28th, 2014. Hotel stay must be booked by Dec 31st, 2014 for travel up to May 31st, 2015. Prize is hotel stay only, max $400 total value and does not include transportation, meals or any other expenditures. Limit ONE photo entry per person!


Weekend Getaway Photo Contest

Weekend Getaway Photo Contest

Montezuma Castle in Arizona

A great spot to add to your self-drive itineraries!

The Travel Gal's Exploration Vacation

I’ll admit it: I didn’t want to stop here because the name put me off. Montezuma Castle sounds like something a carnival tout came up with in the 1920s. I love ancient ruins and try to be respectful of the spiritual power that seems to reside in these ancient places. The name seemed tacky and disrespectful, and I was afraid that would permeate the site.

I didn’t realize that Montezuma Castle was one the original four national monuments created by President Theodore Roosevelt in celebration of the passage of the Antiquities Act in 1906. Despite the cheesy name, the site obviously has been seen as important for some time!

The “castle” (an ancient cliff dwelling) is located high in a canyon with lumpy white walls that appear to be made of meringue that was left out until it became dry and crumbly.

Montezuma Castle 2 DSC_4109 ArizonaMontezuma Castle 4 DSC_4116 ArizonaMontezuma Castle 6 DSC_4132 ArizonaMontezuma Castle 16 DSC_4136Abandoned about 600 years ago, this well-preserved cliff…

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