Why go bad?

All about Bad Adventures

Have you lost yourself on a trip? Have you found that elusive headspace of actually living in the moment? We run meaningful adventures to incredible destinations with amazing people. Come get lost.

Travelers on a Bad Adventures trip viewing a solar eclipse.

Curated Destinations. Adventures of a Lifetime.

We're based in beautiful Colorado, USA and lead adventures in the American West and around the world. We kayak, backpack, and hike in the places our guides love to travel.

Learn Skills to Explore the World

Love the idea of a kayak expedition or backpacking trip, but don't know where to start? Many of our adventures are beginner-friendly. You bring a base level of fitness and we'll bring the specialized skills instruction. Our guides love teaching.

We're Small & Scrappy

Prefer to travel with an international mega-corp? Better look elsewhere. We're proud to be a small operator. We get to know everyone who travels with us and we wouldn't have it any other way. Our goal isn't to maximize profits, it's to trick the rest of the world into letting us spend our lives leading adventures.

We're Experienced Outdoor Pros

Don't let the ironic name fool you. Operating fun adventures is serious business. Our guides have extensive training and years of experience. We carry proper safety gear, medical kits, and satellite phones in the backcountry.

Join a Group You'll Love

Our adventures seem to attract the most amazing people. Whether you're traveling solo (all our trips are solo-friendly), with a partner, or with friends - it's likely you'll enjoy your fellow travelers. Our trips seem to have a nearly 0% asshole factor.

Don't just sit there!

Life's too short to miss out on adventures. You'll look back and only regret the trips you didn't take. Register today for your next trip-of-a-lifetime!

Our Amazing Guides

Matt Stan

Matt is the founder of Bad Adventures. Over the past 15 years, he has led more than 2,000 people on kayaking, canoeing, hiking, and backpacking trips. Matt is a Wilderness First Responder and Leave No Trace Master Educator. He has AIARE 1 avalanche training.

Sarah K.

When not backpacking, kayaking, or mountain biking, you'll find Sarah curled up with a dystopian novel. She loves teaching outdoor skills and introducing people to the trails and rivers she guides. Sarah is a Wilderness First Responder and has AIARE 1 avalanche training.

Doug Chapman

Doug is originally from Southeast Pennsylvania but now calls Lucerne, Switzerland home. He leads our stunning Switzerland Hiking Sampler Trip. Doug brings contagious passion and boundless joy to each adventure he guides.

Ross M.

Ross guides special programs, including the incredible Schuylkill River Sojourn. He's an avid trail runner and adventure racer.

Bad Adventures hold permits to guide in some of the most spectacular adventure destinations on Earth, including Rocky Mountain National Park, Arches National Park, and Canyonlands National Park.

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