A Utah native, Aaron Bott was brought up in an active outdoor-recreational environment. He was raised fly-fishing, rock climbing and hiking all across the most pristine backcountry in the American West. In fact, he started backpacking in the high country before he could walk. As a baby, his dad would strap him into a pack and carry him off into the heart of Utah’s Uinta range and the Southwestern canyon country.
Aaron spent a decade guiding in the backcountry of Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Yosemite national parks, leading wilderness backpacking trips and managing other remote and adventurous activities. His knowledge of the trails and ecosystems in these areas has proved invaluable—and even lifesaving on several occasions. He has experience handling bear encounters on the trail and knows all the best huckleberry patches, as well as the coolest streams in which to soak your feet. His passion and high enthusiasm for the wilderness have made him an exceptional interpretive guide. He leads Nat Hab expeditions in some of North America’s most awesome landscapes—from the high timbered regions of Glacier and Waterton National Parks, down to the Southwestern red canyons of his own backyard.
Outside his professional life, Aaron’s hobbies are diverse and unique. He earned his bachelor’s degree in literature and history and continues to study these disciplines heartily. He is also serves the community as a fluent linguistic interpreter for a tribe of Burmese war refugees, known as the Sgaw Karen people. Aaron currently lives in Ogden, Utah with his exceptionally awesome and beautiful wife, Jordyn, and their energetic dog, River.
Upcoming Adventures with Aaron:
Canyons of the American Southwest
Glacier & Waterton: An International Treasure
Praise from Natural Habitat travelers:
"His interest in and knowledge of the naturalist world was evident from the beginning. He was so well-versed in any area and had a natural ability to share his knowledge at a level understood by whomever he was communicating with. If a question was asked by someone in the group, he would later share a little more knowledge individually to make sure they received just what they were looking for. He has an easy, considerate manner with each traveler and got to know everyone as an individual; not always an easy task. His knowledge in every area was outstanding. Your title "in-training" is certainly misleading as this young man is certainly capable of leading any type of naturalist trip with ease. In several areas, I would consider his knowledge on the level of a college professor; i.e. the environment and trees, which I think he should be publishing. He is well equipped by his previous experiences for an y back-country adventures as well as transferring knowledge of the naturalist world to those of us not as familiar with each aspect of that world. It was, indeed, a pleasure to have him on this trip and to learn from him."
"Aaron is very knowledgeable on so many subjects! His botanical background is especially strong, but he is also strong in literary, historical, biological, zoological, climatological, geological and astronomical discussions/explanations. His passion for the area and for being a naturalist guide are infectious. We all came away knowing a lot more than we did before and can identify different types of trees, flowers, rock, and animals. NatHab should make sure you don't lose him!"
"I'd give Aaron more than a 10 in some of these categories, especially subject knowledge. But he also was amazing in responding to difficulties some of us had on the first day's strenuous walk, without neglecting the desires of the one serious hiker in our group. In short, you are very lucky to have Aaron."
"I have been on many adventure trips and have to say that Aaron is one of the very best, knowledgeable, patient, ready to help, adventurous. I would definitely go on another trip with him."
"Aaron our leader was simply outstanding. What a refreshing experience to spend a week with a young man overflowing with passion and eager to shape his passion and knowledge of nature and the outdoors."
"Aaron exceeded our expectations of an Expedition Leader in every way! We were already incredibly impressed with him & then I had an accident that required a trip to an emergency room. His efficient, calm & caring response was incredibly reassuring at a stressful time & was most gratefully appreciated. He is certainly an outstanding representative for Natural Habitat Adventures & one that you should be very proud of!"