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 which is now Bears Ears National Monument .

Vaughn & Marcia Hadenfeldt

Read more about Vaughn’s background on the guide bio page.

Far Out Expeditions is widely respected as the premier source for backcountry expertise in Southeastern Utah.  In fact, Far Out was named as one of the “BEST ADVENTURE TRAVEL COMPANIES ON EARTH” in 2009, by National Geographic Adventure Magazine.

Reputation of Expertise (click to open)

Here are some other places FOE has received recognition for its in-depth knowledge of the Bluff/Cedar Mesa area:


  • Popular Mechanics
  • National Geographic
  • National Geographic Adventure
  • Trek (France)
  • Smithsonian
  • Men’s Journal
  • Sports Afield
  • Backpacker
  • Conde Nast Traveler
  • Royal Society Geographical


  • In Search of the Old Ones (David Roberts)
  • Cowboys and Cave Dwellers (Williamson & Blackburn)
  • Four Against the Arctic (David Roberts)
  • Sandstone Spine: Seeking the Anasazi on the First Traverse of the Comb Ridge (David Roberts)
  • Finding Everett Ruess (David Roberts)
  • Cliff Dwellers Speak (Beth & Bill Sagstetter)
  • 1,000 Places to See Before You Die


  • Digging for the Truth (History Channel)
  • Secret Worlds with Michael Arbuthnot (Travel Channel)
  • Fox/Searchlight trailer for “127 Hours”
  • KSL OUTDOORS with Adam Eakle (Watch video now)

Affiliation and employment with archaeology projects and businesses:

  • BLM/Earthwatch Rock Art Documentation Project
  • Presenter 2005 Society of American Archaeologists Conference
  • University of Colorado Archaeological Field School
  • Wetherill Grand Gulch Project
  • Presenter 2004 Pecos Conference
  • Field assistant: Abajo Archaeology

David Roberts
David Roberts Author, <em><strong>In Search of the Old Ones</strong></em>
Nuances of canyonscape, vestigial Anasazi ruins, all-but-vanished panels of prehistoric rock art, mountain lion tracks, inscriptions scratched by cowboys with bullet lead on sandstone walls a century ago–all these prodigies of the outback Vaughn manages to discover in places where I would have passed them blithely and ignorantly by.”