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Why We Rock

We offer unique experiences when it comes to Grand Canyon hiking. We also offer adventures unlike any other when it comes to backpacking Yosemite or Olympic National Parks. Just Roughin' hikes are a one of a kind experience to have with a group of knowledgeable hikers. "He's a lunatic. I'm telling you, we're going into the wilderness being led by a lunatic." - Mitch Robbins

Why Choose Just Roughin' It?

  • We are just plain awesome!  We are not some stuffy tour company having you pose for an awkward family photo outside a tour van.  We have fun and are edgy.
  • You are our guest, not our client.
  • We are sought after as industry experts - appearing on Discovery Channel's Nik Wallenda Skywalk of Grand Canyon and ABC's Born to Explore.  We do not pay for our publicity, we earn it!
  • Speaking of press, we get quite a bit. One of our Grand Canyon hikes was listed in US News and World Reports Workout Vacations; check it out on our Newsroom page. We have also had write ups in National Geographic and, as well as regional papers such as the Albuquerque Journal and Calgary Herald.
  • We are the best value out there! Other companies offer discounts but they don't provide all the gear or the service we do.  We supply ALL the gear, transportation from Phoenix (aka Scottsdale), orientation online versus an in person meeting and cover logistics that you shouldn't have to waste precious time dealing with. We save you time and money. And all of your time is very valuable!
  • We are an A+ rated business with the Better Business Bureau, and top rated business on Trip Advisor with an Award of Excellence each year since 2011.
  • Medically certified and qualified guides in all locations we offer.
  • If you are looking into a Grand Canyon or other Arizona hiking or backpacking trip, we can pick you up from Phoenix (aka Scottsdale) instead of you having to rent a car or find transportation to Flagstaff or the Grand Canyon. We can also pick up in Flagstaff or meet you at the Grand Canyon if you so choose.
  • We also provide roundtrip transportation for all Yosemite trips from Fresno, CA for a hassle free drive to the park - no more struggling to find parking or driving through the Valley at 1 mph!  We can still meet you at the park if that is of your liking.
  • We believe in giving back to the community!  We are proud supporters of the Grand Canyon Association, helping fund their virtual learning and Kid's at the Canyon programs.  We also promote Donor's Choose, helping fund environmental class projects in various classrooms nationwide.
  • Find out about our trips from past guests straight from them via Facebook, GoogleTrip Advisor or our website (yes, those are real reviews from real guests - no offers, discounts or monies exchanged hands).
  • We can complete the orientation online through our blog and there is always a Just Roughin' It representative to assist you. No need to meet the day before.
  • Speaking of the blog - we have a real cool one with a lot of stuff about everything Arizona, Olympic, Grand Canyon, Yosemite, outdoors, backpacking, fitness or just whatever crosses our minds and feel the need to blog about!
  • While the other guide companies offer softer adventures; such as mule assist, lodge-based or driving tours, we offer only those that require extra effort to make sure it is a trip of a lifetime - by foot, kayak or packraft. No, our trips may not be for everyone, but you will be a member of an elite group.  Maybe your only chance to be a member of the 1%!
  • Our food is fantastic - a chef from a local organic restaurant helped develop our menu. Any company can do a pasta dish. We have dishes like no other West coast, Southwest or Arizona adventure tour company since the menu is custom made for us.
  • The office staff also hikes and guides so you are getting information from people who know the area.
  • Your trip is set up by Just Roughin' It, not your guide. This means everyone has a consistent trip regardless of who the guide is. Other companies have their independent contractors set up the trips and guide; therefore, the gear, menu and details are only as good as their guide.
  • We are a company that is owned by business people that love to hike and guide, not guides trying to run a business because they want to get paid to hike. It is this business and real world experience that helps us best understand and serve our guests.
  • We outfit each guest with $800-$1,000 worth of gear. We use the best gear on the market.  Our typical pack weight including food, water and your gear is 25 - 40lbs depending on the length and type of trip.
  • Time permitting; our guides take you to places that you will not find in any guide book.
  • We have an adjunct professor for Exercise Science on staff with 12 years experience of training individuals for endurance sports and all levels of fitness, who can answer any questions you may have about preparing for your trip.
  • 10% off all future backpacking trips you take with Just Roughin' It!
  • And, we just have fun - this is your tour!