outdoors, adventure, Indigenous

‘Join Us Outside’ A Natives Outdoors and Navajo Tours USA Campaign

In partnership, Navajo Tours USA and Natives Outdoors are advocating for Indigenous people and communities to remind each other of who we are, who we were, and to return to the land through renewal and connection to the outdoors.

Natives Outdoors
Len Necefer, Founder & Owner at Natives Outdoors

Early 2017, Len Necefer, the founder of Natives Outdoors, started a campaign addressing the lack of representation of Indigenous people in the outdoor industry. The #nativesoutdoors hashtag has since gone viral throughout social media.

Natives Outdoors has expanded to providing advisory and consulting services to the outdoor industry on topics within the intersection of tribes, public lands, and outdoor recreation.

Natives Outdoors is working directly with tribal governments, community organizations, and individuals on increasing access to outdoor recreation and connecting resources and opportunities within the outdoor industry.

Navajo Tours USA resulted from the Native Entrepreneur In Residence Program sponsored by New Mexico Community Capital in Albuquerque. Navajo Tours USA nourishes adventure lifestyles through outdoor recreation and private tours in the Four Corners and eastern Navajo Nation region.

Navajo Tours USA
Kialo Winters, Founder & CEO at Navajo Tours USA

“I want to rebuild my worldview through the stories of my elders. Using this place-based knowledge allows Navajo Tours USA to share local Indigenous history with locals and our travel guests,” states Kialo Winters, founder of Navajo Tours USA.

In our Indigenous communities, there are stories and songs of our connection to the land and how we once lived. Our global communities and especially our local youth will learn from this.

Support this campaign by using the #nativesoutdoors hashtag on social media, and we will see you at the next trailhead.

Accommodations and Safety with Navajo Tours USA

Ambulatory Response Time

We are First Aid & CPR certified. Ambulance service is available within 20-60 minutes depending on location. Emergency ambulance helicopters cover our entire service area. Life threatening emergencies requiring transport will be transported to area hospitals in Albuquerque, Farmington, and Gallup via ambulance service or helicopter.

 

Physical Fitness

Levels of appropriateness for adults and children, are scored on a level difficulty 1-10. Example; A Level 1 is to sit in the van and take photos from there. A Level 5, minimum walking, hiking and climbing. A Level 10 is very strenuous physically and only for the very physically fit. Our tour guides will make sure you understand the arduousness of your tour.

 

Dietary Restrictions

Within reason, Navajo Tours USA will make dietary accommodations for travel guests. This information will be requested during your tour arrangement.

 

Special Medical Requirements

Golden Agers, special needs, physically challenged, and others will be accommodated within reason. We will make every effort to provide travel guests with full assistance and appropriate levels of adventure. A doctor’s release may be needed for certain activities. This information will be requested during your tour arrangement.

 

Keep Contact Information

Keep contact information in both print and digital formats in case friends or family want to reach you. List itinerary details; hotels, airlines, etc. You as the travel guest must share any medical information in case of an emergency i.e. allergies, life threatening conditions, etc. This information will be requested during your tour arrangement.

 

Altitude

Our service area in New Mexico is identified as the high desert. You will be in an area with elevations ranging from 1,524 meters (5,000 ft) to 2,438 meters (8,000ft). Adjustments to altitude and hydration are of key importance. You will be reminded to drink lots of water.

 

Critters

There are poisonous snakes within our service area and our tour guides will have venom kits in their First Aid kits. Other harmful insects in the area include black widows, brown recluse, and bees. If you do not bother them, they will not bother you. If you come upon any of these critters, do not agitate them. Stand still and move away slowly.

 

Weather

In New Mexico, spectacular weather events do occur seasonally and your tour guide is aware of weather facts and phenomenons. Lightning is certainly something to be considered and the safest place to be is indoors or in a vehicle. Cloudbursts generate flash floods that can sweep through areas in an instant. Your tour guide will teach you how to monitor signs for bad weather.