Our Tour Guides

Our guides serve as your personal driver, porter, concierge, travel planner, and guide. Our team of experts will help you customize your itinerary every step of the way – simply let them know your preferences (destinations, pace of travel, length of trip, style, budget, choice of vehicle), and they'll manage the details.

The majority of our Guides have been with us for years, they have conducted tens if not hundreds of tours, and they are well-versed and knowledgeable in all the topics associated with our tours - such as geology, human history, natural history, flora and fauna, detailed knowledge of hikes and walks in specific parks, National Park Service related issues, etc. Utah Luxury Tours conducts annual mandatory Guides' classroom training and field trips, where we expand our knowledge and expertise.

Meet our Tour Guides:

Mike Sellers, Senior Guide
Mike was born in 1955 in what he likes to identify as the National Park Service (Mount Rainier, Glacier Park, and Yellowstone Park). When he was a young boy his father, Robert E. Sellers, was heavily involved in the Park Ranger Service and was a pioneer in the "Let It Burn" policies in Yellowstone National Park. It was around 1968 that the men of the era recognized that fire was essential for the health of the ecosystem. Mike grew up around this environment and naturally developed a love and respect for the great outdoors. Mike began working with Utah Luxury Tours in 2011 when it was originally called Moab Luxury Coach. More

Tom Mitchell, Senior Guide
Tom was born in Southern California. When he was a little boy he was always spending time in the outdoors and quickly began learning about the history of the land, plants, and animals. His expertise runs through a variety of subjects and his desire to share knowledge is second nature. Tom's free-spirited demeanor shows in his appearance and his approach towards life. He and his wife travelled around the United States for 2 years in an open-ended itinerary with eating as their only stipulation before settling in Pagosa Springs, CO. More

Kevin Rasband, Senior Guide
Kevin was born in Utah, is a local boy of many generations, and a descendent of Mormon Pioneers. Upon finishing High School, he promptly enlisted in the US Army, became a member of the Special Forces, earning the "Green Beret" early on in his career. The "Green Beret" is an elite symbol of excellence within the Army and upon meeting Kevin you will find this achievement to be of no surprise.

During a distinguished 26 year military career, Kevin was privileged to serve in the 10th, 19th, and 1st Special Forces Groups and he is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He loved parachuting and other adrenalin activities, the adventure of working outdoors around the globe as a military advisor, and especially the comradeship of serving alongside the finest soldiers in America. More

Matt Shepherd, Senior Guide
Matt is a Utah native who was born in Salt Lake City. He has worked with Utah Luxury Tours since 2013. Although every destination "has so much going for it," Moab is his favorite to show first time clients. He loves seeing the emotion arise on their faces and compares it to a child opening a gift on Christmas day. He began his outdoor adventures as a young scout where he acquired many survival techniques, such as tying knots, starting a fire, and spearing a fish with a stick. If needed, he could easily survive in the wilderness by killing a bear, skinning it, grilling it, and wearing its fur to stay warm. Being a Utah native, Matt's pride runs deep, as does his knowledge. More

Tom Allen, Senior Guide
Tom was born and raised in San Francisco in 1951. He was heavily involved with sports growing up and excelled in all of them. His sophomore year of high school he went and lived with his aunt and uncle on their ranch in Montana. You could say he began living the life of a real cowboy helping with livestock, learning farming techniques, and experiencing the ways of the Western Frontier. Montana's Glacier National Park and its vast open spaces played a huge part in his development as a Utah Luxury Tour Destination Specialist. As a young teen, he was familiarizing himself with nature and wildlife. For the past 20 years, he has been hiking and biking in Arches, Canyonlands, and Yellowstone National Parks, to pick just a few. More

Steve Bodo, Guide
Steve is one of Utah Luxury Tours latest recruits as Tour Guide, joining us in the fall of 2016 and has been a valuable addition to our growing achievements.

As a PSIA Level III ski instructor at Deer Valley Ski Resort in the winter season, Steve has spent endless hours making sure his guest are safe, comfortable and most importantly having fun. Maybe even learning something along the way.

Steve lives in Park City, has a daughter whom he enjoys surfing, kite boarding, hiking, biking and fly fishing with as much as possible. He is also working toward retiring from his indoor career as an award winning art director. We're happy to have Steve onboard.

Jason Willard, Guide
Jason has lived most of his life in Utah growing up in a family that loved to travel camp and explore the National Parks and wilderness in Utah and around the country. At a young age he developed a fascination for the deserts of Utah and outdoor activities, he would often wander away from home to walk the streams and fish the Provo River. Through experiences in high school, work opportunities in wilderness programs and 24 years of military service exploring Utah's rugged landscape, Jason has had the opportunity to become intimately familiar with the beauties of the Southwestern United States. More

Richard Taylor, Guide
Richard was born in Iowa and moved to Washinton State with his family at age 16. Here he married, raised his family and stablished several successful ventures doing business in Hawaii and the Northwest.

He has traveled extensively and loves the outdoors. He enjoys winter snow skiing and teaching at Deer Valley, Utah, fly fishing, hiking, canyoneering and guiding tours to our Nations greatest wonders, our National Parks.

Melissa Marsted, Guide
Melissa Marsted is our newest member of the Utah Luxury Tours team. She will provide office support on new projects and trips, as well as guide some of our trips this summer and fall. She is originally from Connecticut where she started in the Buddy Werner Ski League program when she was eight years old and, as a teen, taught skiing at Ski Sundown before starting her studies in Classic Greek at Harvard University in 1984. More

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We had a terrific week touring and hiking in the National Parks of Utah and Arizona. our guide Matt was exceptional. The trip exceeded our expectations. Thank you all!
Jun 5, 2018
Our trip to Bryce, Zion, Lake Powell and Grand Canyon was perfect and spectacular in every way. Matt made our trip fun, educational, interesting and the right amount of challenge for all 9 of us. Truly a job well done and so appreciated. I would absolutely use UTL again for any future National Park trips.
Jun 13, 2018
Tom was a fantastic guide. The tour exceeded our expectations.
Aug 23, 2017
We had a simply wonderful time on our 4 day tour. It far exceeded our expectations. Our tour guide Mike Sellers was so helpful and his expertise regarding all that we were seeing made everything more enjoyable. What a beautiful part of our wonderful country, and how fortunate we were to be seeing it via Utah Luxury Tours and Mike. He became not only our guide but a friend as well. Thanks so much!
Sep 24, 2017
It was great. The only negative was the limited view availability from the third seat. We would suggest using vehicles with full sun roofs so people in third seat could see.
Oct 4, 2017
Fantastic. The tour was great. We covered a lot of territory in four days. Matt was our tour guide. He was fantastic. He had great stories for every park we visited. He also has broad knowledge on many subjects, so he can talk to anyone on just about every subject. The tour company responded immediately to any questions we had before our tour and during our tour. Great company.
Jun 25, 2018
Wow what a trip. Talking about another now
Sep 18, 2017
Good fun!
Jun 12, 2018
Our guide was Steve and he is a gem. He was knowledgeable, personable and very accommodating. He made our tour so enjoyable and made it so interesting. One can tell that he loves his job and sharing his wealth of information.
Sep 30, 2017
Matt was amazing! He was super flexible to deal exceptionally well with 3 generations of crazy (each in our own way) adventurers on an unconventional trip through southwestern Utah. Bravo, Matt!!
Jun 30, 2018
Our overall trip was great
Sep 18, 2017
One of the best travel experiences I ever had!
Jun 11, 2018
Simply AWESOME. Well worth the cost. Tom was exceptional in helping us spend a memorable week in Utah. His warmth and style added to our enjoyment of the parks, sights and adventures. The trip was well plan and executed. Would highly recommend Utah Luxury Tours for others to enjoy the wonders of Utah.
Jun 29, 2018
Steve worked with my sister to provide a customized hiking and sightseeing package that worked perfectly for us. He had cold drinks and plenty of snacks, ,great hotels, a comfortable car, and chose restaurants we thoroughly enjoyed. Steve knows the area we explored extremely well and guided us to breathtaking sights and hikes at our level of experience. Definitely a trip worth the time and money.
Aug 30, 2017
Pick up at airport on arrival at SLC did not arrive after 40 mins so had to tel to get our promised transfer. Second night of our tour took 20 mins to find our room reservation as was booked by your office in their name. Otherwise the trip was very good.
Jul 6, 2018
I totally enjoyed the tour. Jason tried his best to accommodate our every need and plan around our limited ability to climb. That area was more beautiful than I anticipated. Though the drive was long, he broke it up with little side trips. Highly recommend it.
Jul 4, 2018
Matt is very knowledgeable and a lot of fun. Some of the rides were a little long but we know that is the only way to cover the distances. We could have used more time at Bryce. Awesome country.
Sep 27, 2017
Fantastic tour..well planned and well executed..we unfortunately had a few challenges with my friend's mother passing away just as the tour was about to start but our guide Matt dealt with it very well and was very understanding and accommodating helping Mary return home mid trip
Jul 9, 2018
Incredible tour, incredible views, and incredible people.
Oct 4, 2017
Steve was awesome! He was reliable, helpful, and informative - everything you want in a guide. But beyond that he was fun without being intrusive and turned a great trip into an incredible experience.
Jun 22, 2018
We enjoyed it.
Jun 15, 2018
Very worthwhile. Could NOT have seen anything close to this on our own in two days!
Oct 4, 2017
Lukas is absolutely wonderful to work with and helped me plan an exceptional trip to Bryce Canyon and Lake Powell. He always found a way to go above and beyond of each excursion. Our guides, Jason and Steve, were amazing. They were both very knowledgeable about both location, engaging with the family, kept great time for our busy day and made sure every one was smiling and having a good time. I would be lucky to work with both of these guys again.
Aug 28, 2017
Great trip! Would recommend it highly to others.
Oct 31, 2017
I can’t recommend Utah Lyxury Tours highly enough. I took a semi private tour and it was FABULOUS. The logistics went smoothly and the choice of hotels was good. Of course the standout was the parks themselves. Absolutely Fabulous. But most of all the tour guide Steve Bodo was AWESOME. Even though I was travelling alone I wa# made to feel part of the family. He was everything you need in a tour guide with a great knowledge of the parks and a good sense of humour.
Jul 8, 2018
We had a fabulous trip! I can't say enough good things about the experience. From calling and talking to Brian (instead of a phone tree) to Jason Willard, our guide, you just couldn't have done a better job. The amazing scenery speaks for itself!!! Huge kudos to Jason. He was truly the best guide anyone could ever have. Knowledgeable, kind, attentive to any needs we had, and the best driver I have ever seen!
Oct 3, 2017
Our trip with Utah Luxury Tours was truly one of the greatest vacations I have ever taken. I could not have asked for a better guide than Tom Allen. In the four full days we were away I am still amazed by how much we were able to see in Jackson and Yellowstone. Tom provided us with so much information as he took us in around the parks. He was extremely patient with my 8 year old daughter and my husbands questions. I would with out a doubt recommend Utah Luxury Tours to all of my family and friends. And I would absolutely tell that if they can request a guide, they should ask for Tom. Thank you for the amazing experience.
Aug 31, 2017
Great trip! This private tour was very family friendly with plenty of opportunities for all the different ages and abilities to enjoy the various aspects of the parks! Beautiful scenery and wonderful hikes! Tom was very personable, always on time and accommodating for the various needs of our family of 7! So much to do, wish we could have had more time!
Jun 6, 2018
Great trip. Evolved just as we laid it out. Everything went smooth.
Jun 21, 2018
Mike is the ultimate professional. Compassionate about his work and sensitive to his clints' needs. Fun too! What a magical trip. From beginning stages of planning through the end of our trip, your staff was most accommodating.
Oct 24, 2017