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A commercially licensed user with the National Park Service, Hidden Canyon Kayak is a small adventure travel company that has run successful kayaking trips on Lake Powell for more than 15 years. We keep group sizes manageable and enjoy low client-to-guide numbers, guaranteeing you levels of personal attention and trip flexibility that are unusual in the industry.

But where our edge really shows is on the water: our paddling equipment, camping gear, and menu are superlative, and our guiding team has paddled more miles on the lake (and elsewhere) than any other operator.

 

Dave Panu

Dave Panu

He has been exploring Lake Powell and its surroundings since 1980. A New England transplant, Dave is tireless in his search for undiscovered places. As a former food and beverage manager at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and Wahweap Marina on Lake Powell, his culinary talents are unequaled. An effortless kayaker, Dave has paddled Mexico, The Bahamas, the islands of Hawaii, and more than 100 Lake Powell trips. Dave is a Coast Guard Captain, 20 year Grand Canyon boatman, and a 10-year kayak guide on Lake Powell.

Clint Spahn

Clint Spahn

He grew up on the waters of Lake Powell and the Grand Canyon. He took his first river trip in the Grand Canyon when he was seven years old and spent many weeks and weekends growing up in Page Arizona on the beautiful shores of Lake Powell. He has a Coast Guard Captain’s license and Wilderness First Responder certification. Clint’s upbeat attitude and well-rounded knowledge of the area make him an essential part of the Hidden Canyon Kayak team.

Craig Little

Craig Little

A 25 year love affair with the outdoors brought Craig to Hidden Canyon Kayak. An avid backpacker for over 20 years he has explored many remote reaches of Arizona and beyond. Craig is a Coast Guard Captain, Wilderness First Responder and has worked as a guide on over 80 Grand Canyon river trips. His enthusiasm to show new people the places he loves is apparent to friends new and old.

Joe Sams

Joe Sams

He grew up with salt water in his veins, splitting his formative years between the Atlantic Ocean of the New Jersey Shore and the Gulf Coast of Florida. After moving out West he developed a deep connection with the muddy waters of the Colorado River. He has been a guide in the Black, Grand, and Glen Canyons since 2001. He holds a 100 ton Coast Guard Master License.

Kris Sams-Kenney

Kris Sams-Kenney

While off getting her Wildlife Biology degree in Florida, she developed an interest in paddling the rivers and estuaries of the Sunshine State. After school she moved way out west to work protecting and conserving the environments of our National Parks. She has a Wilderness First Responder certification and 50 ton captains license. For 14 years she has been a professional guide in the Black and Glen Canyons of the Colorado River.

Nick Messing

Nick Messing

Nick is an avid outdoorsman and jack of all trades with a love affair for adventure which started while in college. Born and raised in Tucson, living in Arizona has lead him to explore many of the off trail and uncommon places all over the southwest. A small business owner, former EMT, Sheriff’s Deputy, and NFL Stuntman; Guiding kayak trips is right up his alley.

Jiho Sohn

Jiho Sohn

He first came to Lake Powell in the summer of 2011. As he was about to rent a houseboat he found Hidden Canyon Kayak at the last minute. Him and his friends turned down the houseboat and decided try something different–lets kayak Lake Powell! Who would have guessed the multi-day trip would be a life-changer for all them. With over 13 years in the web development business he uses PHP, CSS, Javascript, SEO, and social media as his main arsenal to spread the awesomeness he experienced with Hidden Canyon Kayak on the “interwebz”. Visit his website at www.JihoNation.com.

Gary Ladd

Gary Ladd

He first ran the Colorado River through Grand Canyon in 1970. In 1975, he began his land and water explorations of the Lake Powell area. Gary has logged thousands of miles on over 100 backpacking trips in the region. However, he is best known for his photography. Gary is published in at least 80 issues of Arizona Highways. With 12 book titles to his credit on topics ranging from Lake Powell and Rainbow Bridge to the geology of the Colorado Plateau, Gary’s images illustrate his authoring prowess. He continues to lead Arizona Highways and Road Scholar photography workshops. He lives in Page, Arizona and appreciates the opportunity to discuss geology and “big picture” astronomy with visitors to the area.

Brendyce Budd

Brendyce Budd

Born on Catalina Island off the coast of California. She grew up on the waters of Lake Powell in Page, Arizona. Brendyce attended Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia, on a volleyball scholarship. She guides river trips on the Colorado River in Glen Canyon NRA and Grand Canyon NP. She is a certified CPR and First Aid responder. Her smile is contagious.

Rob Callaway

Rob Callaway

Rob just happens to be lucky enough to be married to Amy, thereby enjoying an adventurous lifestyle as well. He started working for Diamond River Adventures in 1996 and has been enamored of the Page/Lake Powell area every since. An avid sailor and whitewater enthusiast, he has also spent numerous days exploring the Sea of Cortez by kayak as well as the Kachemak Bay in Alaska. He enjoys the peace and tranquility easily found by exploring by kayak the numerous canyons of Lake Powell. He has a USCG 50 Ton Masters with a Sail Endorsement. The spring finds him in the Caribbean leading sailing charters and likewise leading sailing charters in the fall in the Mediterranean. Rob is always eager to take on adventures and share his many stories and love of the water with you.

Amy Callaway

Amy Callaway

She leads a lifestyle that you might read about in magazines. Ever looking for thrills and adventures, she splits her time between home bases in Page, Arizona and Breckenridge, Colorado. An avid white-water enthusiast, she has kayaked numerous waters in Central America and the Southwest United States. She has spent eight years working for Diamond River Adventures rafting the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. The opportunity to continue to work with Hidden Canyon Kayak is an opportunity that shouldn’t be missed. She has a USCG 50 ton Masters with Sail Endorsement and is current with her Wilderness First Responder.