ABOUT THE TEAM

Stephen "Benny" Benedict / Owner

Benny was born and raised in the Adirondack Mountains.  He was an active leader in Boy Scouts early on and achieved the Eagle Scout top level.  He then trained for the Olympics as a distance runner.  He was a National Park Ranger in the Bighorn Canyon in1979 & also a State Park Ranger in Jerome, AZ. He then became an archaeological/naturalist guide in Sedona for 8 years.  for the last 20 years Benny has owned Earth Tours leading exclusive tours throughout the world. His clients include families, business professional groups, sports figures, government leaders and celebrities.  He has a true passion for the great out of doors and hopes to share that with you soon.

Robert Kirk Fliegel / Head Guide

Since 1992 Robert has been an international adventure travel leader.  With an education in Earth Science & Geography he has actively shared his passion for experiencing new remote and unique wilderness locations worldwide.  His travels have included Papua New Guinea, Alaska, Aleutian Islands, Costa Rica, Haida Guai, Canadian Rockies, Hawaii & backpacking adventures throughout the western U.S. Currently Robert is educated in Astronomy  which has been a lifelong passion.  He truly enjoys working with Benny, a long time friend and his company Earth Tours, while also leading star gazing tours for his company Southwest Astronomy Tours.  

Rick Lee / Head Guide

Rick is a certified interpretive guide (CIG) and proud member of the National Association for Interpretion (NAI). Rick is also medically trained and certified as a Wilderness First Responder (WFR).  Growing up in the Carolinas" he has always been a nature enthusiast and avid hiker.  

When he moved to Sedona he immersed himself in the land hiking and guiding jeep tours. Rick is most at home with his feet firmly planted on the dirt!  Rick is a professional photographer and has a unique eye capturing landscapes in a one of a kind way.  He is very knowledgeable about the grand Canyons south rim and of course Sedona.