Western Leisure is your partner in the West. We design tour programs for you to market and sell to your clients. We are your behind-the-scenes operations office making your trip come alive.
Western Leisure, Inc. was established in 1979 in Salt Lake City, Utah and is the oldest full-service custom tour operator in the Western USA. Western Leisure was formed with the concept of providing a complete program of tailor made group travel services to each of our customers. These unique custom tours are branded under the clients name and include tour planning, tour operations, incentive programs, professional guides, transportation and single or multi-day tour programs. Our specialty is Custom National Park Tours of the West.
At Western Leisure, Inc. we are famous for designing personalized group tours that are thoughtfully customized to satisfy your interests and your budget. Each trip is unique…. Like you.
These unique custom tours are branded under the clients name and include tour planning, tour operations, incentive programs, professional guides, transportation and single or multi-day tour programs. Our specialty is Custom National Park Tours of the West.
Why struggle trying to reshape an existing tour package into something that attempts to serve your needs? Let us build a custom tour to match your needs, desires and budget. Our goal is to design a tour for your group that will generate a lifetime of memories. We can offer you an effortless planning process and a group vacation that runs right, the first time and every time!
No research, no phone calls, no negotiations. We do the legwork. No guesswork on the best places to stay, the best guides or food along the way.
We’ve been conducting tours in the Western USA since 1979. We like to incorporate distinctive, hands-on activities as an element of every tour so our guests can personally experience the special qualities of every region we visit.
Working one-on-one with you, we combine our extensive local knowledge, travel planning skills and logistical expertise with your interests and expectations to develop a unique interactive journey for your group. Our guides have the skill, knowledge and passion to show you the way.
If you’re not exactly sure what you want, we can help. If you are looking for some adventure ideas for your Senior Group, Student Group, Family Reunion, or Small Group Tour; You can start by checking out our Tour Ideas, featuring “Ideas by Season”, “Ideas by Region” and our “Unique Tours”.
Michele started her career working in Yellowstone during the summer while attending South Dakota State University. In 1983, she accepted a full-time position with TW Services at Yellowstone National Park in the Group Tour Department. In 1987, Western Leisure, Inc. hired Michele as Director of Operations. In the time that followed she rapidly rose through the organization to the position of President and Owner. A long-time supporter of the travel industry, Michele has actively served the National Tour Association on various committees and has volunteered in many roles since 1988. She served on NTA's board of directors and was Chairman in 2009. She also served on the Best Western Tour Advisory board, and has served on the Amtrak Tour Advisory board. She was also appointed to the National Park Service’s Concessionaire Management Advisory board and served as the Tourism representative from 2010 – 2015. Michele has also received her designation as a Certified Tour Professional in 1991.
Nicole started with Western Leisure in 2019 bringing her 30+ years in Marketing and Sales to the travel industry. Growing up, Nicole spent every summer in the National Parks (Glacier, Yellowstone, Zion, Olympic, Mt. Rainier, Bryce, and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area , etc.) with her family as her father worked for the park service. Before coming to Western Leisure, Nicole worked as an electrical engineer in the electronics industry in design, sales and marketing.
A native of Wyoming, Ryan has also lived in Oregon, Colorado, New Mexico, and now Utah. Most recently Ryan has had the opportunity to oversee the marketing and sales efforts for one of the largest DMOs in the cowboy state, Casper, working with planners, international FIT operators, and domestic group receptive operators. During this time Ryan has developed a strong resource network throughout the Rocky mountain region. Ryan enjoys adventures off the beaten path in the mountains, rivers, and lakes exploring the country with his wife and two kids.
Mayuko started as an intern at Western Leisure while attending Brigham Young University in 1996. She was hired to work operations and was a tour guide with the Japanese market. She was hired full-time as an operations manager for the Japanese department when Western Leisure decided to expand that market in 1998. In 2004, she took over Japanese sales and ran the Japanese department until 2010. In 2010 Western Leisure decided to concentrate our efforts on customized group tours and Mayuko is now working as Operations Manager in the Domestic market. Mayuko is a Japanese national and Western Leisure supported her working visas since 1998 until she finally obtained a permanent resident status in 2008.