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About Great Southwest Adventures

Great Southwest Adventuresis open as the pandemic fades. We require all of our clients to wear a mask in the vehicles and follow state law on mask wearing at all of our stops. Our guides are vaccinated.

Great Southwest was opened in 1998 by Monique Schoustra and Tom Ribe who met in graduate school at the University of Oregon. Tom has been doing environmental education since 1977 and Monique since 1996. We have a group of excellent, overqualified guides who work with us.

We are all knowledgeable and experienced guides with a love of New Mexico and the Four Corners region. Join us for your Great Southwest Adventure!

We operate our own vehicles for small groups and charter larger vehicles when needed. Our own vans have big windows and are easy to get in and out of. Both are newer Mercedes Benz Sprinter vans.

Monique Schoustra
Tom Ribe

Tom is a New Mexico native and Monique has lived in New Mexico since 1988. Monique is our President and CEO.

Bruce Bannerman our senior guide is a native of northern New Mexico and has a BS from the University of California, Santa Cruz. An expert on New Mexico culture, geology, ecology and history, he is also an artist and photographer as well. People comment on his storytelling ability and the enjoyable days they spend touring with him. He will surprise you with his backroad detours. Visit his website by clicking here

We also have others who guide with us including Dr. Carola Stearns. Carola has her PhD in geology and loves every aspect of New Mexico. She also leads groups for Smithsonian in places like Morocco, Patagonia, and New Zealand. We select our guides carefully, insuring that you will have a safe and informative day.

All of us focus on having fun and helping you to see beyond the obvious as you tour our region. Look deeply with us and see things that will surprise you. We know where the mysteries and surprises are hiding in this ancient landscape.

LaVonne Johnson is our reservation specialist. She'll greet you on the phone and do her best to get you out on a great day in New Mexico. LaVonne came from Minnesota and now works with us from her home office in Silver City with her cat and dog assistants (all rescued). She loves to share jokes, and generally enjoy life! She is there to make sure you get what you want and can talk to a human being, right now.

Tom & Monique in Tasmania

All photos copyright Tom Ribe and Monique Schoustra.