COVID-19 ALERT: Private services are now available!
Due to Grand Canyon Park regulations implemented for the safety of our guests and guides we will only be providing private tours. NO GROUP MIXING. You may book our group day tours online for groups of 6 or more. You may book our group day hikes online for groups of 4 or more. These tours will be your group only. If you have a smaller group size or are interested in a customized private tour please contact us.
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 twenty-five 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 achieved 8 years as an award winning, upscale Landscape Designer and brings 10 plus years of experience in the high-end hospitality industry to All-Star to ensure 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 amazing attention to detail will make certain you will have an extraordinary experience with All-Star Grand Canyon Tours from your first phone call to the end of your trip.
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.
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 Cory 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!
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.
Dan grew up in Illinois and spent his childhood hiking almost daily in the forest preserve behind his parent’s house. When the forest preserve got too small he looked west and joined his friends in Flagstaff in the early 2000’s and enrolled in Northern Arizona University.
While he earned his Masters in Education, Dan worked as a guide at Grand Canyon and spent his spare time hiking through Northern Arizona and Southern Utah’s canyons, plateaus, and forests. He journeyed through the Grand Canyon and took countless road trips through places like Escalante National Monument, Zion National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, and along coastal California from Big Sur to the Lost Coast trail. He later became a high school Special Education teacher in Flagstaff and also taught and lived in South Lake Tahoe. In his time off from teaching, Dan worked summers as a guide for All Star and for a local non-profit group that takes children on educational river trips.
Dan has returned to guiding in the canyon full time and given in to his Grand Canyon addiction. Whether he’s taking folks on a tour of the South Rim or helping someone up a steep canyon trail, Dan is eager to share his knowledge and truly wouldn’t want to be anywhere else in the world.
Jason has always had an appreciation for the outdoors and art. He is an eagle scout and has a Master's degree in ceramics. Jason grew up skateboarding, surfing, wake boarding and taking art classes. His grandmother taught him landscape painting at a very young age and he minored in drawing in graduate school. His love for clay introduced him to northern Arizona while participating in a five day wood firing at Northern Arizona University. After revisiting many times Jason moved to Flagstaff in 2006 and began guiding at the Grand Canyon. He has also guided in Rocky Mountain National Park and Sedona. Snowboarding, hiking, disc golf, boating, rock climbing, making pottery and mountain biking are some common activities for Jason these days. He is a member of the Flagstaff Potter's Guild and displays his work in downtown Flagstaff at Arizona Handmade Gallery. Jason is proud to be an All Star Guide and looks forward to many outdoor adventures in remote and peaceful places.
Cory is a native of Arizona, growing up in Phoenix and moving to Flagstaff in 2001. He has worked in Grand Canyon since 2003. Originally on a trail maintenance crew for Coconino Rural Environment Corps, and later for the National Park Service. He is responsible for building and maintaining hundreds of miles of trails throughout Arizona and southern Utah. Including his seven years as a Grand Canyon hiking and tour guide, Cory\'s also experienced in guiding visitors in Monument Valley, Antelope Canyon, Sedona, Bryce Canyon, and Zion Canyon making him an expert of the Four Corners Region. As a lover of botany and he enjoys identifying native plants in the area. In his spare time, Cory enjoys fishing, canoeing, backpacking, and hiking with his son, Jack, and his girlfriend, Molly. His love for the outdoors and guiding experience makes him a great fit for the All-Star team.
Patrick Boyd was born in Franklin, Tennessee and had an affinity for being outside since
childhood, whether it be playing in the woods behind his house or spending his time on
the various reservoirs and forests of Tennessee. He completed his first real backpacking
trip when he was 7 years old, scaling Mt. Leconte, the highest peak in Tennessee. His
passion for the outdoors was solidified. He learned of his passion for the great West on
family vacations as a teenager. He knew then he would one day leave his beautiful
homestate of Tennessee to explore the mountains and deserts of the west.
Patrick received his B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science with a concentration in
Conservation Biology from Tennessee Technological University. While in school, he spent
countless weekends exploring the caves, rivers, waterfalls, and reservoirs on the
Highland Rim and Cumberland Plateau and spent three summers as a Seasonal
Interpretive Ranger of Tennessee State Parks at Burgess Falls State Park.
After completing his degree, it was time to move to the great West to find new things to
explore. From 2011 to 2013, he spent the majority of his time in Crested Butte, Colorado,
skiing and bagging peaks and trout in the Wildflower Capital of Colorado. For the
summers of 2013 and 2014, he decided to forego paying rent and camped beside the
beatiful Slate River outside of Crested Butte so he could have more time to explore the
rivers and peaks surrounding Crested Butte.
Now a resident of Flagstaff, Arizona, Patrick stays busy exploring the mountains, deserts,
gorges, and canyons of the area. His love for the beauty in the four corners region,
including the Grandest Canyon of them all, fuels his evergrowing passion for the
astounding nature that has offered him happiness since he was a child.
Ivy Hanna was born in Tucson Arizona and grew up hiking and camping all over Arizona. In her latter school years she lived in Southern California and enjoyed living by the ocean. She often visited her aunt who lived in Flagstaff and immediately fell in love with the area. She would come every summer to spend time in Sedona and in the beautiful forests surrounding Flagstaff. After high school she moved to Flagstaff and has been here ever since. Working for All-Star Grand Canyon Tours has given her the opportunity to plan amazing vacations for guests all around the Southwest. Her love of the Canyon and it's surrounding areas is reflected in her pleasant and informative interactions with guests.
Donnie Stockwell grew up in the great state of AZ. The son of an avid fisherman and hunter, he spent his summers getting lost on dirt roads and appreciating the outdoors. College brought him to the Pacific Northwest where he started his guiding career. He started by leading canoe, kayak and sailing tours throughout the Puget Sound mostly with troubled youth. The next few years brought him to live in Flagstaff, AZ, Summit County, CO, Glacier National Park, MT, and most recently Bend, OR. He spent these years coaching snowboarding (including to one Olympic Gold medalist), tending bar, serving as a sushi chef, but mostly maximizing free time to get out and explore the incredible landscapes offered throughout the American West. Donnie has a passion for the Earth and all the plants and animals living in it. On his time off you can find him gardening, backpacking, drinking a craft brew, or maybe playing his guitar at any of the local bars.