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Guides Training Seminar


Guides Training Seminar:

The GTS, as we call it, is the “Big Kahuna” of guide training.  We offer both a land session (open to the public) and a river session (for working guides and trainees).  The primary focus is to hone interpretive training in the cultural, natural, and human history of Grand Canyon plus relevant resource management issues.  The GTS river trip also incorporates a mentorship component for the intangibles of guiding.


The GTS makes learning fun.  We swear!  For the GTS land session imagine this – roughly two hundred guides, amazing speakers, a hands-on workshop, raffle, party, band, great food, Marble Canyon in spring.  How great is that!  And for the GTS river session – imagine an intimate trip with guides from multiple companies, a motor rig, oar boats, maybe a paddle raft or a dory, great speakers, fantastic hikes, stewardship projects.  Now that is painless learning at its best, not to mention you get to hang out with friends, old and new.  The GTS combines both education and community-building into an amazing and not-to-be-missed experience.  Please join us!


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The prices below pertain to non-sponsored participants. DO NOT SIGN UP for the GTS river trip unless you meet the freelance reqirements listed below AND have been pre-approved to go by Lynn Hamilton at GCRG.



If you are sponsored by your outfitter for either the GTS land or river sessions, please contact gcrg@infomagic.net and let us know. We will bill your outfitter.


GTS land session

April 1-2, 2017 at Hatch River Expeditions warehouse, Marble Canyon, AZ

This year's theme will be Professional Guiding as a Lifelong Career: Taking Care of Ourselves, Each Other, and the Place We Love over the Long Haul. Lots of fascinating talks, practical knowledge, the Whale Foundation Health Fair, and more! Come and join us!


Bring: a small camp chair, a mug, dress warmly and in layers, and plan on joining us for the weekend! We’ll have dinner and a fun film on Friday, March 31st for anyone who arrives early.


Download the GTS Land Agenda


GTS river trip

Date/location for Upper portion: April 3-9 (Lees to Phantom Ranch)

Date/location for Lower portion: April 9 - 19 (Phantom to Pearce Ferry)


Requirement: ALL GTS RIVER TRIP PARTICIPANTS MUST BE CURRENT MEMBERS OF GCRG. NO EXCEPTIONS. If you want to go, you need to support our organization so we can continue to bring events of this caliber to guides like you.


Other things to know: As always, first preference will be given to guides sponsored by their outfitter. If we have any room left over (and that’s a big “if”), then we may open the remaining spaces to freelance guides who have work on the river in 2017.


Freelance requirements are:

1) must have work on the river in 2017.

2) must have all your medical requirements and other guide certifications fulfilled as specified by Grand Canyon National Park, OR,

3) you must be a licensed guide on another river, actively working towards becoming a guide in Grand Canyon.

4) If you’re not sponsored, you would need to send us a letter with your background or resume, tell us who you are, how you meet these requirements, and why you should go. This will help us in our selection process. We will hold your check until we have made our decision. Not everyone who signs up gets to go.


Click here download the freelance application


Click here to view the GTS Library