Scott McDaniel

National Parks Tour Guide

Guiding since:


At REI since:



Phoenix, AZ

What type of tours do you usually guide?

Primarily tours in Yosemite National Park

Hobbies/fun facts:

I enjoy climbing, backpacking, and hiking, and can most likely be found on the side of a cliff or mountain somewhere when not working.

What do you love most about guiding/working in adventure travel?

I love being able to share not only the immediate experience of a trip or outing, but the history and minor details of a given area that one might not observe upon first glance. Seeing eyes light up with wonder and appreciation is second to none, to me!

Share a memorable moment from your job:

Many times, we place perceived boundaries on our experiences, based on expectations and assumptions. Helping others to see that these boundaries often exist solely in our own minds, and then helping them to (safely) push past these boundaries, is endlessly rewarding and always memorable.