“Bad Adventures?”

Yes, Bad Adventures!!

Our name is always a topic of conversation! It’s tongue-in-cheek, impossible to forget, and causes people to do dramatic double-takes.

To be 100% clear: our trips aren’t bad. In fact, we work hard to make them quite good! Check out our reviews. Or, better yet, join an adventure and see for yourself!

Curated Destinations. Adventures of a Lifetime.

We're based in beautiful Colorado, USA and lead adventures in Colorado, Utah, Texas, Florida, and Pennsylvania. We kayak, backpack, and hike in locations that combine incredible views with unique, off-the-beaten-path adventures.

Learn Skills to Explore Your 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 & Personal

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.

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 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.

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. Go bad!

Register today for your next trip-of-a-lifetime!

Our Amazing Guides & Team

We're experienced, personable, and always professional. We're also a lot fun!

Headshot of Melanie B. from the Bad Adventures team.

Melanie B.

Trip Assistant

Melanie is trained as an engineer, but her true passions lie in the world of conservation and outdoor recreation. She’s an avid surfer and backpacker who has thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail. Melanie loves sharing adventures and cooking the world’s most mouth-watering trail cuisine.

Headshot of Natalie B. from the Bad Adventures team.

Natalie B.

Trip Assistant

Natalie is an accomplished world traveler who loves long-distance thru-hiking. When not working toward a career as an anesthesiologist assistant, you’ll find her exploring Colorado’s trails and summits. Natalie is passionate about helping adventurers expand their comfort zones.

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Katie Klein

Adventure Coordinator & Guide

Katie loves paddling, backpacking, skiing, and canyoneering. She’s always game for a good mountain scramble! While originally from Ohio, Katie loves sharing western adventures with others. She's a Wilderness First Responder.

Headshot of Sarah K. from the Bad Adventures team.

Sarah K.

Logistics Coordinator & Guide

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.

Headshot of Chris Nadovich from the Bad Adventures team.

Chris Nadovich


When not winter backpacking in the Catskills or paddling Pennsylvania rivers, you’ll find Chris on a bicycle. Among other two-wheeled achievements, he's biked across the USA and is a leader in the world of long-distance endurance cycling. Chris is a passionate outdoor educator who recently retired as professor of electrical engineering. He’s a Wilderness First Responder.

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Raina M.

Jr. Guide

Raina thrives on exploring new cultures and finding ways to meaninfully connect and help others. She's an avid world traveler and a Wilderness First Responder.

Headshot of Ross M. from the Bad Adventures team.

Ross M.

Trip Assistant

Ross loves trail running, skiing, cycling, and adventure racing. When not facilitating adventures or cooking the world's tastiest bacon, he works as a mechanical engineer. Ross is the mastermind behind the custom trailers and equipment that let us operate our special breed of trips.

Headshot of Matt Stan from the Bad Adventures team.

Matt Stan

Founder & Guide

Matt is the founder of Bad Adventures. Over the past 15 years, he has led thousands of 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.

Don't let the pun fool you. These are FANTASTIC ADVENTURES. The guides are some of nicest people you will ever meet. My trips with them are impeccably planned with maximum safety, but also maximum fun. Rest assured that your precious vacation time will be pleasant and enjoyable. Let them give you a fantastic trip and a lasting memory. (Emphasis added.)

Steve H. from Reading, PA
after a trip in June, 2019

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