Our beloved organization was formed over 20 years ago, back when our founder was still leading co-ed tours. Every now and then, she was treated with all-women groups, but that wasn’t the norm then.
One day in 1996, while guiding tours through the beautiful Sedona desert, our founder made an intriguing observation. She noticed that the all-women groups behaved differently than the co-ed groups.
Rather than just politely listening to the guide like the co-ed groups, the all-women groups were deeply invested in the tour and asked fantastic questions. They appreciated, honored, and respected the native connection to the land.
Even the quieter women were speaking up more confidently! It turns out, they had so many valuable things to say — things they were holding back when they were in the presence of men.
And the women — who started the tour as complete strangers — were able to form lasting bonds over the course of the tour. They would even arrange lunches to continue their conversations after the tour was over.
So, surrounded by the staggering red rocks of Sedona, our founder made an important connection…
Something extraordinary happens when women travel together.
And leading women’s adventure travels became a permanent focus of Canyon Calling from that point forward. We haven’t looked back since!