Ron Adkison (deceased), an avid hiker and backpacker, began his outdoor explorations at age six. Since then he has logged more than 12,000 trail miles in ten western states. He has walked every trail in this guide, most of them multiple times, to provide precise, firsthand information about the trails, as well as features of ecological and historical interest. Ron shared his love for the backcountry in this, one of his sixteen guidebooks covering wild country in the American West. For three years, JD Tanner and Emily Ressler were among an elite group of Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers. During this time they traveled more than 300,000 miles to lead hundreds of Leave No Trace workshops and trainings across the United States for professional guides, college students, land managers, partners, etc. for the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics organization. Both continue to travel to wild and wonderful corners of the United States, bringing with them their experience, understanding, and outdoor ethics to some of our more popular FalconGuides such as Hiking and Best Easy Day Hikes Grand Staircase-Escalante.