Book a travel experience with Indigenous tour guides

As a child, I spent summers and weekends in Monument Valley, between Arizona and Utah. Memories etched in my head of eating fresh Navajo mutton stew while listening to the stories of my elders, of splitting mugwort until the oils spill onto my hands, of playing with damp vermilion earth at the same time. outside during a thunderstorm and watch the star wall at dusk, without light pollution.

It’s no surprise that we are drawn to living landscapes, ecological wonders, and fields teeming with wildlife, or understand our relationship to the natural world through interaction. It makes sense that many travelers flock to national parks and monuments. A recommendation? The next time you’re planning a trip to the great outdoors, make it a Native-led excursion.

With indigenous tourism, you are guided through the wilderness by tribes who know the land best, with centuries of knowledge passed down. Going with native guides also offers a chance to direct your dollars to a community long exploited for their homelands. Additionally, hearing the stories and traditions of these places also offers a chance to connect with tribal communities and instill a duty to protect the fragile environment of our world.

Here are some of the Indigenous led adventures across the United States where you will surely be more engaged than ever with your surroundings.

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