Meet Our Guides!
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Will has been exploring the Western United States for nearly 25 years. Originally from a small town in Alaska, backpacking trips to the SouthWest, during his college years, nurtured a love for the desert. After graduating from Utah State University Will had the opportunity to return to the areas he loved exploring. He has called St. George, UT home for the last 10 years.
Will‘s knowledge of the local geology and history of the surrounding areas combines with his time as a firefighter, and time spent in the Alaska Oil fields to provide a unique tour perspective that you won’t find anywhere else.
Although his number of extended backpacking trips have declined since college, he still takes every opportunity to find new and exciting places to experience both with his guests and his wife Jaime and their 3 children. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, camping, canyoneering, climbing and is attempting to enjoy mountain biking once again (currently it involves a lot of crashing).
Ron and Linda Helquist started Southern Utah Scenic Tours in 1998 and sold the company to Will and Jamie Warner. Ron is a native of Utah and has always enjoyed touring America’s National Parks especially in the West and Alaska.
Ron and our other excellent guides have been privileged to host hundreds of tour participants through the years and love introducing them to the beauty and wonder of our national and State parks. Many have become our friends and have returned to participate in the various tours that we offer.
Ron is semi-retired but still happily leads a number of tours annually and will hopefully continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
Bob got his start in tourism while working his way through college in Cedar City Utah. From night auditor at a Best Western to station manager at Skywest Airlines, travel became the passion that guided his path through school.
Bob has escorted motor coach tours as well as small group tours and has more than 20 years experience taking groups to the national parks and recreation areas of the west. He has been a frequent guide and consultant for Southern Utah Scenic Tours since the beginning. Bob continues to freelance as a tourism consultant, tour guide, and travel writer, and is a frequent guest on local TV and radio to share his knowledge and experience on places to visit and explore in the Mountain West. He currently cohosts Inside the Outdoors radio show on 97.5FM in Salt Lake City with Steve Brown on Saturday mornings and does a monthly “Family Friendly Adventures” segment on KSL TV Studio 5 in Salt Lake City.
Bob enjoys running, cycling, skiing, golfing, hiking; well pretty much anything thatkeeps him active and outdoors. He loves his home state of Utah and currently lives in St. George, Utah with his wife Susan.
Kevin Bulloch grew up on a cattle and sheep ranch near Cedar City, Utah, and spent much of his young life riding horseback in the mountains and hills of the area. His great-grandfather was with the original pioneer group that settled in Southern Utah. Through the years, the Bulloch livestock operation ranged from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon to Cedar Breaks National Monument, and from central Nevada to Utah’s highway 89. The land and the legacy are a major part of his heritage.
After receiving degrees from Southern Utah University and Brigham Young University, Kevin spent 35 years in the education field as a teacher, trainer and administrator. He and his wife NaNon (who often accompanies him on tour) now enjoy sharing the beauty and wonder of the area with visitors from around the world.
Brent Esplin grew up in Southern Utah and roamed the mountain trials his grandfather and father walked as they herded sheep for many years. He used to mountain bike, hunt, and fish in most of the areas you will visit on these tours. He worked as an instructor in higher education in the field of marriage and family relations for many years and retired in 2010 after teaching 38 years.
He and his wife Pauline (who usually travels with him) are the parents of five boys and 21 grandchildren. They have traveled extensively in the United States and around the world. They have visited 48 states, as well as, Canada, Israel, Egypt, Italy, and this summer they will visit Germany, France, and England.
Lorraine Stalians has lived in Las Vegas, NV since 2005, having moved from Louisiana. Born in California, she became an “Army Brat” at the age of two, when her father joined the US Army. She has lived in Germany 3 times, France, and 12 states in the U.S. Talk to her for a few minutes, and her sweet southern charm shows through. After spending most of her life owning and operating restaurants, she decided to become a tour guide, and received her certification from the International Tour Management Institute in San Francisco, CA. Lorraine has been organizing and leading tours for 8 years.
“I love meeting people from all over the world and having the opportunity to show them this beautiful country I live in.”
With multiple degrees from the University of Cincinnati, Tom served as a police officer in his native Ohio for twenty-six years. From the beginning he had a passion for discovery, history and photography (the latter discovered by accident while taking crime scene photography courses as a police officer) and the American Southwest became his go to for vacations. A lifelong love affair with the desert began and continues today. Retiring from law enforcement in early 2016 Tom and his wife Carol followed their dreams and moved west making St. George their new home. Drawing on extensive training in public speaking and a background in crime prevention and security, Tom expanded his knowledge of area history, geology and geography. To this he adds his passion for photography and the beauty of the American southwest and brings the whole package along for the ride on each and every tour. Tom is an avid photographer with works currently on display at the St. George Art Museum and a second exhibit to be opened in August of 2017 at a private gallery.