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.
Kirk’s been guiding in the western U.S. for almost a decade. As a 40-year veteran in television production, Kirk has traveled through Central America, The Caribbean, and Canada; lived in Miami, New York, Atlanta, and Los Angeles; and then chose Saint George, Utah as his permanent home in 2004.
Kirk transitioned from TV production by writing for the tourism industry, thus learning a great deal about the area through his research. Leading live tours was a natural next step.
“Kirk” radiates a love for the rich history of Utah and the artistry of Southwestern topography. He likes to meet all kinds of people and finds joy in sharing information about these beautiful sites with them. Seeing tour guests enjoy the scenery renews a fresh sense of discovery within Kirk himself which is a testament to the grandeur of the Southwest.
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.
Carol has spent many years traveling in the Southwest by motor coach. As she traveled she would often set up a base camp and then take her jeep out to explore the areas in more depth.
After spending 15 years traveling in the western states she decided to become a tour guide and graduated from the ITMI school of tour directing. She began leading tours in the Pacific Northwest and eventually throughout the Western United States. Carol has traveled extensively to the National Parks and abroad. She has a wealth of knowledge taken from history and personal experience. Her energy is infectious and you will surely enjoy your time with her!