Talking Rocks Outdoor Company
Geology Tours and Trailhead Shuttle Service

Tours: Talking Rocks began as week-long camping tours exploring geology in southern Utah, northern Arizona, and southern Nevada. We slept in tents or under the stars, studied geology and paleontology with Gerry Bryant of the Colorado Plateau Institute and occasionally other geologists and paleontologists. We ate incredibly delicious food prepared by Robert Johnston. We hiked to breathtaking overlooks and fascinating outcrops and enjoyed conversations around the campfire probing the great questions of beauty and justice, meaning and ethics, God and humanity, geology and theology. In 2024 we do not have any tours scheduled for the Southwest though we are considering a fall tour to Death Valley. We hope to arrange some single day or weekend tours in the Pacific Northwest. If you are interested, be sure to get on our email list.

Trailhead Shuttle service near Mt. Rainier.  Our office is in Enumclaw, WA, gateway to the north side of Mt. Rainier National Park, Crystal Mountain Ski Resort, and the surrounding wilderness areas. Our speciality is the trailheads in the South Cascades. The Norse Peak Wilderness, The William O. Douglas Wilderness, Goat Rocks, Mt. Adams, Mt. Rainier. However, we also assist people with trailhead transportation elsewhere in the Pacific Northwest. Whether you are looking for help shuttling your vehicle from the start to the finish of an outdoor adventure or need transportation to the wild places from Seatac airport or the train station in Seattle or Auburn, WA, or the bus stop in Enumclaw, we can help. Call or text: 253-350-1211.

Guide Service. When we are not in the Southwest we are at home on the farm in Enumclaw, WA, and are intimately familiar with the trails and wilderness areas mentioned above. If you need help planning a hiking/biking/backpacking trip in this area, give us a call.

The photos and commentary below are focused on our Southwest tours.

We explore geology


Point our eyes and hearts and cameras toward sunrises and sunsets

Savor grand vistas

Examine mysteries in outcrops

Share incredibly delicious meals

Hold long conversations around the campfire

Deepen friendships


Make new friends

 October 8-15, 2023 Colorado Plateau Tour