All-Star Grand Canyon Tours Guides & Staff
Ben Murphy, husband, father, and founder of All-Star Grand Canyon Tours, Inc., brings diverse personal and professional skills to his Grand Canyon All-Star team. Ben's profound respect and appreciation for the outdoors began as a youngster growing up in Vermont with the Appalachian Trail at his back door. As a teen his explorations extended southward through the Blue Ridge Mountains. He became a certified scuba diver, expanding his range to ocean environments of the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. While continuing to be an avid backpacker, mountain biker, hiker, skier, and snowboarder; Ben spent four years in the Coast Guard performing Search and Rescue.
He ventured West sixteen years ago extensively exploring and guiding backcountry and luxury tours throughout the Grand Canyon, Red Rock country, and Southwestern Four-Corners States. Ben concurrently earned his Bachelor degrees in Education and Fine Arts from NAU in Flagstaff, Arizona. His education, leadership, nurturing and outdoor skills, combined with an abundance of enthusiasm make him a great guide,vacation coordinator, and corporate event planner. The biggest reward for him is fostering a relationship between people and their environment. Ben believes that the more people understand and appreciate natural places, the more they will want to protect these places.
Cari Murphy's love of the outdoors had taken her on many hiking trails and mountains throughout the Southwest, but her very first trip into the Grand Canyon was to Havasupai Falls, and guided by Ben Murphy. They found they shared a love of all things outdoors as well as a deep respect for nature. Today they are husband and wife, owners of All-Star Grand Canyon Tours.
Cari brings 10 plus years of experience in the upscale hospitality industry to All-Star and ensures that top notch customer service, quality and luxury are synonymous with All-Star Grand Canyon Tours, making it truly world class. Wife, mother and business partner, she and Ben have built their business to be the perfect blend of a elegance, paired with the rugged surroundings of the Southwest and the Four Corners Region.
She coordinates all private, corporate, student and large group tours from itinerary planning to the flawless execution of all details. Her sharp wit combined with an easy going friendly style, and her amazing attention to detail ensure you'll have an extraordinary experience with All-Star Grand Canyon Tours from your first phone call to the end of your trip.
Jenna Hughes, Operations Manager, was born and raised in Arizona. She is a mother and enjoys experiencing life anew through the eyes of her beautiful daughter. She spent several years in Missouri where she worked in the corporate office for a national outdoor sporting goods store gaining 9 years in customer service and marketing experience. Her love for her native state of Arizona brought her back to Flagstaff in 2006 where she has since worked managing operations in the guiding industry. Her 15+ years in customer service, knowledge of the Southwest, and extensive office management skills make her a valuable asset to the All-Star Grand Canyon Team.
Joel's love for the outdoors began on the east coast, camping and exploring the Appalachian Trail. He eventually moved on to Wildland Firefighting in the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee and then out to the Grand Canyon area. He has gained years of experience working in the Grand Canyon as a tour guide and manager in the tourist industry. Joel's love for the outdoors was apparent during his years of landscaping work in the Flagstaff area where he supervised and landscaped various properties. When he is not guiding during the summer months, he works at a local Ski Resort. Joel's interests include snowboarding, rafting, hiking, mountain biking, dirt biking, camping and taking care of his beautiful daughter. Joel is a stellar Grand Canyon Tour guide and we are pleased to have him as part of the All-Star Grand Canyon Team.
Derek Rayhorn is an Arizona Native. When he was 10, he hiked his first Rim to River in the Grand Canyon and never looked back. His studies in college included the Colorado Plateau, Geology, Archeology and People of the Southwest. His Geology expertise includes the Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion, The Arches, Canyonlands, Mesa Verde, Chaco Canyon and Sedona. He has been guiding since 2006 and enjoys sharing his love of the Four Corners region with his guests. In his spare time, you can find Derek outdoors hiking, biking, fly fishing, snowboarding or scuba diving. On the rare occasion you find him indoors, he enjoys playing the guitar. Derek's love of the outdoors, passion for Northern Arizona, and expert professionalism make him a true asset to the All-Star Grand Canyon Team.
Molly McKee comes to us from Bowling Green, Kentucky. In 2009 she obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geology and Outdoor Leadership. While in school she was a river guide during the summer in the Adirondacks on the Hudson and Indian Rivers in New York. After school Molly decided to move to an area she had always wanted to be a part of and in 2010 she made the big move to Flagstaff, Arizona. Since her arrival, she has been a Grand Canyon Tour and Hiking Guide. In her spare time, Molly enjoys hiking, camping and canoeing with her boyfriend Ryan and their appropriately named dog Eldon. Molly is a Certified Wilderness First Responder, a Whitewater Rafting Guide, and a Leave No Trace Instructor. Molly's vivacious personality and outdoor ethics makes her a perfect fit with the All-Star Grand Canyon Team!
Jason grew up in the mountains of Ouray, CO where he took an early interest in the outdoors. He spent most of his time hiking around the surrounding areas, rafting the Umcompahgre River , and snowboarding in the winter. After graduating High School, he spent some time in Riverton, WY taking NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) courses at Central Wyoming College while studying Environmental Science. He then moved to Flagstaff, AZ where he studied Art and Astronomy at Coconino Community College. Shortly after, he was employed by the Arizona Snowbowl Ski and Ride School where he continues to work during the ski season. He has received a Level I AASI Certification in snowboard instruction and continues to progress in the field. He usually spends his free time hiking the many trails around Flagstaff as well as cross country and downhill mountain biking in the Sedona and Flagstaff area where he can truly appreciate his love for Northern Arizona. Although new to guiding, Jason's easy-going personality and love of the outdoors really shines through in all the services he provides to guests. Jason has been with us since the beginning of the season and has proven to be a gem in the world of outdoorsmanship. We are thrilled to have him a part of the All-Star Grand Canyon Team.
Kevin Moriarty is a perfect fit for our Grand Canyon Tours. He is a native of Northern Arizona and an avid outdoor enthusiast. As a young boy, he was fortunate enough to be exposed to the marvels of the Grand Canyon, the wonder of our local ponderosa pine forests, and the people that call these places home. These feelings were nurtured through his experiences in the Boy Scouts, where he eventually became a Eagle Scout. He led younger scouts on various excursions that covered a full range of outdoor activities from snow camping on the San Francisco Peaks of Northern Arizona, to canoe trips on the Colorado River.
In 2007, he graduated with BA in Spanish, a minor in German and a proficiency in conversational Portuguese. After earning a Master's Degree in the Art of Teaching Spanish from Northern Arizona University he worked as a Spanish instructor for Coconino Community College and the local University. While at NAU one of his duties was to help coordinate a study abroad program to Cuernavaca, Mexico. As their guide in a foreign country he helped the students acclimate to new cultures and helped them to explore the best parts of Mexico.
Although new to the world of guiding, Kevin's background provides a beautiful perspective on Northern Arizona. He is excellent at communicating with his guests, and his passion and enthusiasm for the area is experienced throughout his tour.
Karen Chapman was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ. She then attended college at NAU in Flagstaff, AZ earning a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Accountancy. Soon after obtaining her degree, she became a Realtor. However, her love of the outdoors was always very strong.
She is a wife and mother of 6 and grandmother of 9. When she is not working or volunteering, she is spending her time with family either on the lake or in one of her 4 beach houses in Rocky Point, Mexico. Her other hobbies, when she has time, are geocaching, scrapbooking, scuba diving and traveling.
She has an extensive hiking background. She is a member of R2R Hikers: a woman's hiking group, a Crew Leader for American Hiking Society: providing trail maintenance, and has backpacked in the Grand Canyon 4 to 6 times per year for over a decade. Nearly every trail off of the South and North Rims has seen her footprints.
She enjoys the water as well. She has kayaked on the Colorado River four times and two of those were to Diamond Creek -not an easy kayak trip! She has also rafted the Colorado River twice. She is an active 21 year member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary providing 500 yearly hours to safety patrols on Lake Powell, Lake Pleasant, Canyon and Roosevelt in which she responds to medical emergencies, distressed boaters and provides safety talks. Karen's vivacious personality and love of everything outdoors makes her a perfect fit for the All-Star Grand Canyon Tours team.
Milton Tso is a Native American Navajo born and raised on the Navajo Reservation just 20 minutes from the Grand Canyon. He has worked with the National Park Service for over 13 years. When you are on tour with him, you can rest assured that you will discover many interesting facts about the local Navajo Tribe and how they are connected to the Grand Canyon. He is a native flute player and has performed for many people throughout the years and Hillary Clinton was one of them. He is a devout family man as well as tribe member. When he is not guiding he spends his free time enjoying other activities: photography, modelling, and acting. As far as we know he is the only Navajo guide to provide tours inside the National Park. Milton's background and his fun personality make him a great fit with the All-Star Grand Canyon Team.
Nick B was born in Globe, Arizona and grew up getting lost in the brush of his backyard and along the backroads of the Cobre Valley. He is a graduate of Miami High School, the University of Arizona, and the James E. Rogers College of Law. Nick spent two years as a backpacking guide at Grand Canyon before moving with his wife to Montana, where he spent three summers as a river guide and nearly two years as a wilderness instructor.
Nick's personal and professional experience has taken him to some of North America's most incredible places on foot, on skis, and on rivers. These include Grand Canyon National Park and the Colorado River, the Havasupai Reservation, Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park and the Flathead River basin, the Bob Marshall Wilderness of Montana, the San Juan Mountains of Colorado, the Sierra Nevada of California, the Gila Wilderness of New Mexico, and the Superstition Wilderness and Mogollon Rim country of Arizona. Nick has experienced the best and near-worst of the backcountry in all seasons; in snow, mud, rain, wind, and sunshine, in a range of temperatures from 115 F to 30 below zero.
Throughout his outdoor experiences, Nick is proud to admit that Grand Canyon is the home that is always on his mind. He is happy to come back to northern Arizona with his wife and daughters to continue a professional life that allows him to share his enthusiasm for this powerful place with new friends every day. Nick's background and backcountry experience makes him a perfect fit for the All Star team.
Matt Nelson's love of the outdoors began in his youth as a hiker and mountain biker in California's Sierra Nevada. This led him naturally to a career in guiding, and he has guided backpackers, hikers, mountaineers, and mountain bikers on adventures around the world. Matt has led trips in Mexico's Copper Canyon, and for several years led an environmental service project on Aconcagua in the Argentine Andes. He has worked with diverse populations ranging from at-risk youth to corporate groups. Matt has been guiding in the Grand Canyon and Southwest for the past twelve years, as well as working as an accomplished journalist. He enjoys sharing his passion for the outdoors with others, and loves to teach people about the unique ecosystems of the Four Corners Region.
Rob Noonan has worked 21 full seasons as a Grand Canyon River Guide. He has a degree in Environmental Studies from Prescott College, and has worked for 7 years with prominent scientists on the Glenn Canyon Environmental Studies Team for the Bureau of Reclamation. Rob has been involved in major research studies of big horn sheep, water fowl, and peregrine falcons. He has guided from Alaska to Patagonia, but the Four Corners area and the Grand Canyon have remained his primary passion. His skills and experience make him a valuable member of the All-Star Grand Canyon Team.