COVID economy is forcing outdoor adventure company to make changes

How owners are working to stay afloat
Posted at 6:51 AM, Sep 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-21 10:01:50-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — Having adventures is a way of life for Robert York, he’s the owner of southwest guided adventures here in Tucson. He says business for travelers and vacationers is down. The local business owner found a new way to pick things up, he’s starting a youth outdoor adventure camp to stay afloat.

“The idea is to educate kids from the 11 to 15 age level that when they have the independence to go out on their own to the trails that they know the trails, know their bikes, be confident on their bikes,” York said.

Campers will learn about the science of the trails, riding skills, bike repair, wellness, and trail etiquette.

COVID-19 safety guidelines are also part of the plan.

"We’ll be doing everything from mountain biking, hiking. We will meet at local trailheads and parks. We’re of course keeping a distance of 6 feet, washing hands, wearing a mask when needed and we feel the outdoor environment is a proper way to be active and safe,” York said.

Some of the camp trails will start in the Catalina Foothills area. Campers will meet up at George Mehl Park, then make their way to local trails. York says camp will eventually offer a shuttle service for campers once the community becomes safer.

The cost to join the camp is about $40 a day.

There will be two guides on the trail and the owners plan to have 10 campers per day.

“This is a way to stay afloat and to expand and meet the demands that we’re under these days. We want to keep the business going, we believe in its direction and what we provide the people here. The outdoor community in Tucson is just incredible,” York said.

The camp is set to start on October 1st.

Details on registration can be found on the website.