Experience adventurous exploration of the archaeological, natural and cultural histories of southeastern Utah with a world-renowned guide.

About FOE

Your hosts, Vaughn and Marcia Hadenfeldt provide a level of knowledge and service that creates an unforgettable southwest experience. Whether staying in the Far Out bunkhouse or traveling the back country with Vaughn, you’ll find that exploring with FOE makes for a memorable adventure.  Fully licensed, permitted and insured, FOE trips are led by Vaughn, who has spent over 30 years exploring and guiding in the region particularly across the Cedar Mesa – Grand Gulch plateau.

Backcountry Tours

Far Out Expeditions offers adventures customized specifically for the individual or group. Vaughn’s passion for archaeological sites, especially rock art, is what distinguishes him as a Cedar Mesa guide. Whether you’re looking for a day trip as close by as Comb Ridge or a multi-day backpacking expedition in Grand Gulch, we’ll take you as far out as you want to go.


Far Out Expeditions has restored the historic home of famous local guide Zeke Johnson – who later became the first Superintendant of Natural Bridges National Monument – into the perfect home-away-from-home. It is the ideal place to stay for individuals, families, school groups or anyone who wants to feel at home in Bluff. For prices, please visit the rates page.

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I don’t know how we missed posting this, but this article made it coast-to-coast when the NY Times picked it up.

8 likes, 3 comments2 weeks ago

This is how Vaughn kicked-off the season. Actually, this is how he starts every season…letting the Fountain Valley class test his knowledge and his stamina for five days. He had fun and hopes the memories are carrying them through those days in the classroom now.

11 likes, 3 comments3 months ago

Vaughn’s had many fun trips, and so far the water has been plentiful in the canyons. Here’s the class from CMC before they got blown out of the Narrows a day early to take class at the FOE Bunkhouse.

12 likes, 1 comments3 months ago

John Rasmus
John Rasmus National Geographic Adventure Magazine, Editor in Chief
. . . on your first trip at least, see Vaughn Hadenfeldt who operates Far Out Expeditions back in Bluff. Definitely see Vaughn….”