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 nineteen 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!
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 2 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. 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 2012 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.
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.
The latest addition to our All-Star tour guide team is Aaron Murphy. Aaron cut his teeth as an outdoorsman during his youth, exploring the Green Mountains of Vermont and North Atlantic marine habitats. As an advanced scuba diver his initial guiding experiences were within various underwater environments. During his college years in the West, Aaron accompanied his brother and sister in-law, All Star Owners, Ben and Cari on many camping adventures throughout the American Southwest. This kindled in him a love for the big skies and, following graduation, led to his joining our team. Aaron brings his skills and experience as a journalist and communications graduate to the table; facilitating his ability to connect people with the southwestern lore as well as the magic of the outdoors. Because Aaron is also a member of the All-Star marketing staff, he wears many "hats"- positioning him to always share his unique enthusiasm for the business and natural landscape.
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.
Hugh guides people in the wilderness because, “The wilderness is where we learn to accomplish monumental goals with minimal resources.” When we travel, we are in a heightened state of awareness and receptivity. We feel more alive. With practice, we can cultivate this state anywhere so we can see familiar people, places and problems with new eyes.
Hugh was raised by his grandmother, she taught him to slow down, pay attention, be respectful and to design a life that makes yourself and others happy. He is passionate about his work and believes a guide’s job is three fold: to help people to safely go places they may not go on their own, to facilitate an enjoyable or fun experience and to role model what it means to be a lifelong learner. Hugh has worked in Alaska, Hawaii, the Amazon and many other amazing places since his career began in 2004. He knows how to roll out the red carpet but prefers to empower his clients with skills and knowledge so they can be an asset in any situation. He has guided people of all ages in almost every type of environment and is ready for the next adventure.
Hugh’s time in Arizona began at Prescott College, where he designed two unique degrees in Conservation Biology & Adventure Education. During the four month Grand Canyon Semester, he was fully immersed in the canyon (and the library) and became hooked on the area. Since everyone can’t directly experience these wild places he decided to become a filmmaker so he could bring this wild beauty and inspiration to people around the globe. See his film about Arizona's Verde River at vivalaverde.org and others at huemanproductions.com
Enough about me, are you ready to hit the trail?
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.
Mikey Williams is a fun and charismatic part of the All Star Grand Canyon Tours team. His objective as a guide is to form deep connections between people and the natural environments around them. Mikey has spent his young years growing up in Michigan, and eventually left to pursue a new and exciting life in the beautiful American Southwest. Mikey has extensive knowledge of the area after living in Arizona for over ten years, and as a backpacking guide for over three years in and around the Grand Canyon.
When Mikey isn’t guiding, he’s either out on a multi-day bicycle tour, hitting the slopes, or just skating through the back allies of downtown Flagstaff. You will be sure to hear some great stories and Grand Canyon information with Mikey Williams as your All Star guide.
Chris McLuen is an Arizona native, who was born and raised in Phoenix. He spent his time skateboarding the valley streets and working as a photographer for amateur skateboard companies. Chris fell in love with the outdoors in 2011 when he moved to Flagstaff to study environmental science and photography at Northern Arizona University. During college, Chris found the art of fly fishing when he backpacked Yellowstone National Park. In addition, he trains in the sport of Brazilian jiu jitsu and regularly competes in tournaments. With the backdrop of the San Francisco peaks, Chris has created a well-rounded life in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Laura grew up in the scorching, but beautiful, desert of the Southwest. Born and raised in Arizona the desert has been her playground since she could walk.
Laura has been lucky to visit all parts of Arizona, backpacking parts of the Arizona Trail, and experiencing the state in all its beauty.
After graduating from Northern Arizona University, Laura joined a local environment Americorps program, the Arizona Conservation Corps. During her two years of service she has helped thin the Ponderosa forests, removed thousands of invasive plant species, and fixed, maintained, or created over a hundred miles of trail in the Southwest.
Eventually, this led to working in the Grand Canyon with the National Park Service. In 2014 and 2015 Laura worked hands on with NPS to maintain their trails. There she lived in the Canyon for 8 days at a time, finding the splendor the Canyon has to offer.
Stefanie grew up in Germany and moved to Flagstaff, AZ to attend Northern Arizona University. For the past 15 years, Stefanie has explored many of the great national parks and monuments, mountains, and canyons of the Southwest, and has spent many days hiking Grand Canyon or rafting the Colorado River. When she is not enjoying the outdoors with her husband and two dogs, or guiding for All-Star, Stefanie teaches political science at the university.
A sojourner seeking truth. An observer galavanting as a stranger hypersensitive to the plight of mankind. Living out the lyrics of the song by Bill Withers, “Lean on Me.” Hoping only to leave behind pleasant memories and tracks of tears grounded in happiness. A broken man voyeuristically living through supporting the dreams of others. Pieces that remain serve as foundation for blemish-less souls beginning the adventures of life. What remains of me is my spirit and soul. Follow my spirit, but chase my soul. Love my body as it’s the only thing I have to hold.
Yasmin grew up in Oregon, California, Arizona and Florida and double majored in American Studies and Creative Writing at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. She has lived, explored, hiked, camped, and paddled in a variety of wild places. She has kayaked with manatees in the crystal blue waters of Florida fresh springs, camped under a full moon by the rushing rapids of the Colorado River in Utah, and visited ancient cliff dwellings and rock art in New Mexico and Colorado. She is also a writer, dancer, artist, musician, and loves learning about and exploring the wild outdoors!