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Get to know AOA

AOA has come a long way over the last 20 years. In 1997 we were proud of our three guides and operations throughout Arizona, now Arizona Outback Adventures has grown to over 100 staff and guides offering hiking, backpacking, and cycling trips across the American West.

With a degree in biology from Arizona State University and a few years of guiding experience under his belt, Seth Heald realized he wanted to make a career in exploring and sharing the outdoors with others. The learning curve is steep in every business, but Seth was determined to create a guide company where customer service is top priority and outdoor guides can build a career out of their love of adventure. Through much trial-and-error, persistence, humor, and with deep passion for the outdoors, AOA has grown in many ways, yet still the people, guides, staff and trip guests, are the heart and soul of AOA.