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We can hardly believe it’s already September! With Labor Day behind us, the summer season is officially coming to a close - but there’s still plenty of time for adventures in 2022. We here at Dreamland Safari Tours are looking forward to cooler days ahead as the remains of the monsoon storms gradually give way to gentle fall breezes.  September and October are prime hiking months for the Dreamland crew, and our calendar is already filling up as new adventurers and old hands alike start heading our way in full force.  We’ve got a great lineup planned for our diehard Dreamland fans this time around, and whether you’re joining us for a few hours or a few days, we can’t wait to introduce you to our latest happenings.
What’re the best ways to experience life out West?  It all depends on what you want to see. You’ve heard us wax poetic about the one-of-a-kind Wave and the stunning South Coyote Buttes, the wild depths of Buckskin Gulch, the incomparable variety of the Ultimate Kanab adventure, the dizzying heights of Toroweap in the Grand Canyon, and all the sights in between. While our standard tours already offer a fantastic lineup for folks looking to break free of the usual national park attractions, our Dreamland guides also boast an encyclopedic knowledge of all the paths less traveled, and they’ll happily venture just about anywhere to seek out the ultimate epic desert experiences for our guests.  Feeling especially adventuresome?  Why not try one of our Guide’s Choice tours and revel in the desert’s most secret places?  In addition to mixing and matching the very best destinations of our standard lineups, our guides can easily enhance your tour experience by showing you the lesser-known gems that very few travelers ever get to see.  
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"So, um, what time is it, exactly?" From our tour listings above, you may be able to tell that we skip merrily back and forth across the Utah/Arizona border, and if you’ve done any traveling at all between these two states during the warmer months, you’ve probably been forced to ask yourself a few existential questions about the elusive nature of Time.  That’s all thanks to the ever-present practice that everyone loves to hate: Daylight Saving Time.  Or more accurately, the fact that most of the country observes it… but most of Arizona doesn’t.  From the second Sunday in March through the first Sunday in November, Arizona time is one hour earlier than Utah time.  (That is, unless you’re traveling within the boundaries of the Navajo Nation, which unlike the rest of Arizona, does observe Daylight Saving Time.) Confused? Don’t worry, you’re in good company. It bemuses and befuddles us every single year, but the bottom line is this:  If you’re staying in Arizona but are planning a tour with Dreamland in the spring, summer, or fall, please be sure to contact us to double-check any time-related queries. (And although we run tours year-round in both southern Utah and northern Arizona, our tour start times will always be listed in “Utah time.”)  
There is nothing more spectacular than a bird’s-eye view of the Seussian rock formations that dominate the desert landscape, and a no more tantalizing way to vicariously take to the skies than on the “wings” of a hobby drone.  Many photographers are adding stunning aerial shots to their repertoires, and with a solid array of photo-oriented tours, Dreamland is well equipped to help amateur enthusiasts and professionals alike to achieve their latest artistic goals.  That said, deploying drones responsibly on public lands can be a complex issue, and it’s always best to research the laws that govern your specific area of interest before taking flight.  For instance, although many areas managed by the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) allow drones, designated Wilderness Areas like the famous Wave and South Coyote Buttes strictly prohibit any drone use… or indeed, any mechanized equipment at all.  In other nearby areas, like the incomparable sandstone curves of White Pocket, drone use is permitted over the rock formation itself, but not in the desert beyond.  And even when drones are allowed, it’s always important to be respectful of both fellow adventurers and the wildlife they seek to enjoy by following some basic etiquette tips to ensure a positive experience for everyone.
And speaking of choosing and using the best vehicles and equipment…
The Case for Choosing Suburbans Over ATVs. There are so many ways to tour the desert scenery these days, and every tour company offers something a little bit different.  UTVs and ATVs have become popular throughout the desert Southwest, and while they can provide adventurers with an exciting off-road ride, there are several reasons why we prefer to find other ways to experience the desert in its purest form. The most important reason, as you may imagine, is environmental. Of all the various off-road vehicles available to the public today, ATVs and UTVs are notorious for having the potential to cause extensive damage. During wet weather, trail damage from fast-paced, wheel-spinning vehicles has the unfortunate side effect of carving perilously deep ruts into existing roads, which may then force other traffic to detour around the disturbed areas and cause further damage to the surrounding wilderness. When it comes to Dreamland tours, we steer clear of ATVs and prefer to stick with our trusty Chevy Suburbans. Why? Although larger and heavier, Suburbans have a far less collective impact on the same roads and trails frequented by ATVs, and they also have the added benefits of providing a smoother, more comfortable, and fully air-conditioned ride for our guests. To see a full rundown on the advantages of our chosen tour vehicle, check out our latest blog post by Dreamland guide Andrea Jasper.
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Parting words. 
Whether you’re still in the planning stages of your next desert adventure or are already looking back fondly through your pics of your most recent hike, remember to check out our exclusive line of souvenirs.  From one-of-a-kind Wave tee-shirt designs to high-quality hiking equipment and our newly minted 2023 calendars, the Dreamland shop has it all, and we’re happy to ship items right to your doorstep.
Thanks for reading, and we hope you’ll come back and join us on another adventure this season!
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