Trails & Vistas Art Hikes

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Immerse Yourself in THE ARTS

Experience Art in Nature

Described as diverse and inspiring, Trails and Vistas Art Hikes blend art experiences with the beauty of being immersed in nature. Specialty Hikes: 9:00 am Mindfulness HIke: With a Mindful guide you are invited to shift out of the busy-minded analytical thinking and guide your thoughts into mindful sensory immersion in the beauty and wonder of the natural world. The same pace as a regular hike, and a walking in-tune with nature experience.
10:00 am Family Hikes: The hiking paths weave through forests and gorgeous scenery, offering creative experiences around every corner. Enjoy art, dance and music sites set along a 3 mile trail.
11:30 Leisure Hike: Same 3 mile route, but a little more leisure paced hike.

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Things to Know:

Your Trails & Vistas art hike will be led by one of our trained guides.
All of our guides are volunteers and are passionate about ensuring your Trails & Vistas experience is unforgettable. 
ALL TICKETS HAVE A HIKING START TIME AND AN ENDING TIME,  approximately 3 hours for the Art Hike.
CHECK-IN 30 MINUTES BEFORE YOUR TOUR START TIME, near the new Spooner Lake Visitor Center.
If you have a scheduling conflict and are not able to attend, you may gift your tickets to a friend, sell them privately, or donate the tickets to the nonprofit of Trails & Vistas. Trails & Vistas is not able to refund tickets.
Sorry no pets, cameras, or phones are allowed for the Art Hikes

Plan to spend a 1/2 day on the mountain with amazing art and nature sites.
• Printed Ticket from Ticketleap with time and date. Bring ID if you lost your ticket
• Bring drinking water for the hike
• Good vibes
• Bring your Epi-Pen if allergic
• There is no photography, or video
• Wear walking shoes with good tread
• Don't forget your full water bottle!
Please forward this information to everyone in your party. We strive to have each hiker well informed for a great experience on the trail.

Patty Kelly: Board of Director and Nature Guide


Family Hike Guide: I love the expression of art and there is no better place to experience art than in nature. Walk with me and be inspired by both the arts and nature. Family Hikes are designed for hiking with children with more of a relaxed playful experience. 

Dan Joseph: Board of Director and Nature Guide


Dan Joseph is a fine woodworker and long time Truckee Tahoe resident, now living in Paradise, CA. Dan works for the Chico Housing Action Team, an organization that gives shelter to houseless people in the Chico region. Dan actively serves on the board of the Paradise Guild, the board of KZFR Radio station, and the board of Trails & Vistas. An appreciator of live music, Dan serves on our World Concert Committee and plays a vital role at our autumn events. "I am a custom woodworker and appreciate the beauty of our forests. I love being on land and in water in the great outdoors. I enjoy leading you on trails of natural beauty dotted with musicians, artists, poets and unimaginable creations to support the annual Trails & Vistas Art Hikes."

Jean Founier: Board of Director President


Jean Fournier serves as board president. She is a performing poet and expressive artist who is inspired by our natural world. Her work reflects a close affinity for her natural surroundings. With gratitude for time spent in nature throughout her life, she is passionate about furthering the mission of Trails & Vistas as a poet and founding board member. For the Dreaming Tree school field trips, Jean inspires hundreds of children to create poetry along the trail. She’s lived in the Donner Summit-Truckee area since 1986, teaches Art for Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, serves on Truckee’s Public Art Commission, and is delighted about the rise in appreciation of arts and culture in our rural town.

Maria Jones: Board of Director and Historical Tour Chairperson


Maria Jones moved to the Tahoe area after graduating from San Francisco State University with a BA in Outdoor Recreation, interning in Environmental Education. Her experience in outdoor leadership includes years of working with Ropes Courses, which provide opportunities for self discovery as well as group growth. Maria has also facilitated team building programs where every team member’s ideas, abilities and talents are used in different creative challenges. She incorporates these experiences within the Dreaming Tree field trip and while guiding on Art Hikes. Maria’s main contribution to Trails & Vistas is heading the Historical Haunted Tour committee, Trails & Vistas signature fundraiser. Maria's motivation for living in the mountains is skiing. She and her husband Randy moved to Truckee in 1994 where they shared their passion for skiing with their two children, Chelsea and Dylan.

Romina Branje, Trails & Vistas’ Latine Community Outreach Advisor


“We need to talk and share stories to grow and learn about each other’s culture. The goal is integration, to offer opportunities for everyone, to grow with creativity and move forward for individual’s wellness, and build a more integrated community." - Romina Branje Romi Branje's paintings bring a splash of color to life. Romi is from southern Chile, she grew up on the big Island of Chiloe. Her father was a watercolor painter, as well as her siblings. Romi moved to America as an adult and has been living in the beautiful Lake Tahoe area for over 20 years. She loves animals and likes to bring them to life through her paintings. Romi has a lively personality and likes to make people happy, spreading joy with her colorful paintings. Outside of the art world, Romi is very involved with the community, working with children and helping others.

Community Outreach

Taking kids outdoors to create, discover, and learn with the Dreaming Tree Field Trips.
Community art and dance workshops

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Trails & Vistas is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. (26-4300208)
By donating to Trails & Vistas you're supporting the arts and helping to bring immersive
experiences in creativity for local students and communities.

We respectfully acknowledge that we walk on the unceded land of the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California.
Trails & Vistas strives to create a more sustainable and healthy world for all people across race, class, gender, geography, and other differences.

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