Our Dreamland Guides

William James, Kanab Tour Guide/Manager

Sunny Stroeer

Desert Guide / Co-Owner

Sunny’s love for the desert began when she was a kid, and it has only grown since. In addition to managing Dreamland Safari Tour together with her husband Paul, Sunny is also a professional endurance athlete as well as a prolific adventurer and accomplished outdoor photographer.  Sunny holds speed records across the great ranges of the world; her images have been published in National Geographic, Outside Magazine, Forbes, and many others. Originally from Germany, Sunny spent formative years on the East Coast where she obtained two degrees from Harvard University and worked in strategy consulting before turning her back on the corporate world in order to pursue her true passion: outdoor adventure.  She loves sharing her favorite places with guests, and is always up for a big day in the backcountry. Sunny is a certified Wilderness First Responder.

William James, Kanab Tour Guide/Manager

Paul Gagner

Desert Guide / Co-Owner

Paul has spent more than four decades exploring, adventuring, and putting up first ascents on rock across the US and internationally. While Paul’s first outdoor love was Yosemite, he is proud to call the Utah desert ‘home’ and is excited to be managing Dreamland Safari Tours together with his wife Sunny.  Beyond his adventurous outdoor pursuits, Paul brings long years of outdoor industry executive management experience to Dreamland Safari Tours.  Prior to moving to Kanab, Paul led the outdoor division of Nite Ize after serving as president of Sierra Designs for several years. Back in the 1980s Paul spent seven seasons as a climbing ranger in Grand Teton National Park, where he participated in upwards of 200 rescues and was among the first National Park Service employees to be certified for helicopter-rappel rescues.   Paul’s ‘can-do’ attitude and unshakeable calm make him a favorite of guests and guides alike. Paul is a certified Wilderness First Responder.

Bret Benge, Kanab Tour Guide/Back of the House Manager

Bret Benge

Desert Guide

Bret has spent more than 20 years hiking the trails, driving the backroads and fishing the rivers of the Colorado Plateau. His love of exploration has given him a knowledge of the the mountains and deserts of the Western United States and Central and South America. After a few years living in Mexico, Bret has returned to Southern Utah, where his heart resides and is now managing and guiding for Dreamland Safari Tours. Bret is a certified Wilderness First Responder.

“I have never met a dirt road I didn’t love.”

Orion Bradburn, Kanab Adventure Guide

Orion Bradburn

Kanab Adventure Guide

Orion was born in the mountains of western North Carolina and grew up with a love of the outdoors. After studying forestry he became passionate about the trees, creeks, and trails all around him. Orion became enchanted with the west after a family trip and always wanted to return to the wonder and mystery of the Utah deserts. He has lived in Kanab for 5 years and worked previously in the Grand Staircase National Monument with troubled teens teaching, hiking, and camping for a total of over 250 nights. This experience gave him a unique and very personal connection with the desert land. He has been guiding for Dreamland since May 2017, and has never been more excited to be part of this amazing place. Orion is a certified Wilderness First Responder.

“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.” – Edward Abbey

Andrea Jasper, Kanab Tour Guide

Andrea Jasper

Kanab Adventure Guide

Andrea grew up with a passion for the outdoors. As a child her parents could hardly get her to come inside for dinner, and frankly, not much has changed. Andrea has spent most of her adult life in Hawaii, and first visited Kanab in 2006 to do a Grand Canyon rim-to-rim hike. After several subsequent trips to Utah, Andrea and her husband moved permanently. Andrea is energetic and fun and also loves sharing the story of Utah’s incredible landscapes, wildlife and history. She has a journalism degree and newspaper experience, which has taught her how to gather and interpret information to make it interesting and relevant. Andrea is a certified Wilderness First Responder.

Brent Kinley, Kanab Tour Guide

Brent Kinley

Kanab Adventure Guide & Director of Guide Training

Brent came to Southern Utah with an explorer’s heart. After completing the Appalachian Trail in 2011, he completed the Pacific Crest Trail in 2013. In 2014 he hiked across the Continental Divide. Since arriving in Utah he has continued his pursuits into the wild. Brent continues to cover ground experiencing the endless lands of the southwest. In addition to guiding, Brent also runs point on Dreamland’s guide training program.

“It has been incredible realizing that my job is a love that I get to share. There is a level of awe that never goes away out here. We go to some true gems.”

Josh Jones, Kanab Tour Guide

Phil Clark

Kanab Tour Guide

Phil, a native of New Mexico, is a desert rat with a passion for the canyons and rock formations of southern Utah and northern Arizona. Having hiked to the Wave many times before it had a name, he is an “old timer who hasn’t been here the whole time”. A career in civil engineering with the National Park Service, with projects in 56 units of the National Park system landed him at Glen Canyon NRA and Lake Powell. He and his wife are retired in the Kanab/Page area, surrounded by beloved rock formations and canyons. Having photographed, hiked, backpacked, camped, rafted, kayaked and geocached in the United States, France and Morocco, Phil prefers to be outdoors and let his eyes and spirit guide him across the landscape. Fluent in French and Spanish, he enjoys sharing his experience, knowledge and love for the desert with Dreamland Safari Tours guests.

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” –Albert Einstein

Baylie Nelson, Kanab Tour Guide

Baylie Nelson

Kanab Tour Guide

Baylie was born and raised in Northern Utah camping and hiking regularly. She took her first trip to Kanab, Utah when she was nine and has been determined to live in southern Utah ever since. In the meantime while living up north, she worked for the Boy Scouts of America for three years. Finally she made the move and started backpacking for weeks at a time in the Grand Staircase area and began guiding for Dreamland at the beginning of 2019. Her passion for the outdoors continues to grow showing people around the part of the world she loves the most. After giving birth to a beautiful baby girl in the spring of 2020, she is just easing back into guiding; you’ll also sometimes find her answering the phone if you call the Dreamland Office!

William James, Kanab Tour Guide/Manager

Shawn Turner

Desert Guide 

Shawn Turner is a Floridian who loved taking friends and family out to enjoy the wild lands. He served in the military as a helicopter mechanic, and during this time met his incredible wife Christiane.  Shawn has traveled the world, with some favorites being Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas. He speaks fluent German. Shawn moved with his family to Utah roughly 20 years ago, and his love for the outdoors followed him here. Shawn is a rock hound, bird watcher, and flash flood chaser, and an avid adventurer with many years of experience in our incredible backyard.

William James, Kanab Tour Guide/Manager

Alex Sloan

Kanab Tour Guide

Originally living in Washington State, Alex was raised wandering the Pacific North West and exposed to the outdoors from an early age. Moving to Northern Utah as a pre-teen, Alex accessed the Wasatch Range to hike, rock climb, ATV, and camp. After completing high school Alex made the decision to hike 900 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail in Southern California, learning about the healing offerings of the wilderness. Alex’s passion continues today to help people find the same healing he does in the outdoors. After just completing a year of being a field instructor in the Grand Staircase National Monument with troubled teens, Alex joined the Dreamland Safari Tours team in the summer of 2020 and is excited to share the Wonders of the West with everyone.

William James, Kanab Tour Guide/Manager

Maddi Nelson

Kanab Tour Guide 

Maddi is a Utah native.  She grew up spending most of her time in the Wasatch and Uinta Mountains, always sharing her adventures with family and friends.  Kanab, too, has been on the list of Maddi’s favorite places to explore since she was young,  and her love and curiosity for our backyard has only increased throughout the years.  Maddi finally decided to make the move and spend all of her time exploring southern Utah.  She is excited to guide and share her passion of the outdoors and this amazing place with you!

 

“Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty.” -John Ruskin
William James, Kanab Tour Guide/Manager

Brenda Battista

Front Office 

Brenda is one of our office assistants here at Dreamland Safari tours, where she loves answering the phones and helping out guests book the adventure of their dreams.

Brenda is originally from Toronto, Canada, and has a passion for exploring the outdoors. When she is not answering the phones she can be found on one of the local trail.

William James, Kanab Tour Guide/Manager

Dasher

Desert Rover

Dasher is a young Siberian husky mix who came to Dreamland as a rescue from Best Friends. She loves people, exploring the desert, and road trips – but most of all she loves snuggles.

Dasher often hangs out at the Dreamland Office and, upon request, may be able to join you for a day of adventuring if you book one of Dreamland’s private tours. 

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