Hello, my name is Joe Holman. I live in Sedona, Arizona, and have been doing local and Grand Canyon tours for over ten years. I have an enthusiastic appreciation for, and knowledge of, the geology of all of northern Arizona, and the magnificent erosional features that are on display here. I have lived on or just below the Colorado Plateau for over 35 years.
I lived for 13 years in Grand Junction, CO and had ample opportunities to spend time in Arches, Canyonlands, Mesa Verde, Lee’s Ferry, and other Four Corners attractions. I have visited all of the regional parks and monuments, including Chaco Canyon, El Morro, Monument Valley, Havasupai, Sunset Crater, Wupatki, etc. I have lived in Sedona for over 21 years and have repeated those same experiences over and over again. I first visited Grand Canyon 30 years ago and have been there hundreds of times since. I have spent over a month on the river and many, many months of time camping in the canyon.
I began my adult life practicing law for years in Grand Junction. During that time I began acting and performing improvisational comedy throughout the Rockies. I developed a deep interest in the history and geology of the area that led me to spend huge amounts of my personal time in the outdoors. As I tired of the constant stress of dealing with other people’s problems, I left my law practice and went into the mortgage business. I was involved with that career from 1991 through 2004. I moved to Sedona in 1994, began a small business-consulting firm, sold retail, did bookkeeping for a number of small businesses, and various other types of consulting. I continued acting and improv and formed a company doing team-building and consulting for corporations, the local hospital, and medical care personnel. I have performed in NY city, Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, etc. When the mortgage business hit rock bottom, I wanted to do something fun and interesting, and began in the tour business. I now work for a local touring company doing local Sedona jeep tours, northern Arizona and southern Utah van tours, and multi-day Colorado Plateau tours to Bryce and Zion, Grand Canyon-Sedona, and Canyonlands-Arches.
To assist in that endeavor, I am an alumnus of NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School). I have now completed five accelerated graduate courses through the American Museum of Natural History, in New York City, including Climate Change, the Link between Dinosaurs and Birds, Oceanography, Dynamic Earth, and Water. My evaluations have all been “Exceeded Expectations”. I have taken several courses at Yavapai College, including, but not limited to, Native Peoples of the Southwest; Stones, Bones and Lost Civilizations (prehistorical archaeology); Anthropology of Religion; Geology; Geology of Bryce and Zion with Stan Beus (man who discovered the Surprise Canyon Formation); Regional Topics in Geology: Special Places in Arizona, Regional Topics in Geology: Grand Canyon, Geology of Grand Canyon, and Paleontology with Beth Boyd, head of the Geology Department at Yavapai College; and Backpacking the Grand Canyon. I have done several collegiate geological field studies including Oak Creek Canyon, Bryce and Zion Canyons, and Grand Canyon. I have attended several Region 8 workshops from the National Association of Interpreters, and done hundreds of hours of independent study and workshops.
I have a current WFR (Wilderness First Responder medical certification), First Aid, CPR, and AED certification, an ADOT medical certification, a Coconino County Food Handlers Permit, and a clean driving record.
The purpose of this blog is not only to interest potential customers for my tours, but to be educational as well. I want it to be a place for people to come and learn about the beautiful geologic feature known as the Colorado Plateau. If you are coming to northern Arizona or southern Utah in the near future, and want more information, please feel free to contact me!