Deborah Waldvogel


For months leading up to it, I was doing 20 miles hikes in the mountains around Phoenix when the temperatures were near 110 degrees and then also doing some elevation hikes near Flagstaff to prepare.
I was overwhelmed with pure exhilaration when I reached the top of the South Rim!

Director of Professional Services, ResortSuite

Deborah Waldvogel serves as the Director of Professional Services for ResortSuite. This Wisconsin native, who now refers to herself as an Arizonian, completed her undergraduate studies in Biology and Education at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Deborah started in the spa industry as a Front Desk Coordinator and is proud that she has been able to accept positions in various fields that did not necessarily exist and create the role as she forged ahead.

“I am always searching for ways to expand my healthy lifestyle. After my children graduated high school and were off on their own, I suddenly had “free-time” now that there were no swim meets and school activities to focus on with them. I was looking for ways to fuel my competitive nature and challenge myself physically and mentally in a way I had not before. The Grand Canyon has very special meaning to me and is a place that I, along with my husband and children, visit often. I had been watching and listening to hikers who came up the Rim to Rim Grand Canyon Hike. I read a book that described hikers’ experiences and started to “test” myself by doing segments of the Rim to Rim Trail. Despite other people’s concerns, it was something I really wanted to accomplish myself.

For months leading up to it, I was doing 20 miles hikes in the mountains around Phoenix when the temperatures were near 110 degrees and then also doing some elevation hikes near Flagstaff to prepare. The hike itself was surprisingly easy, but it is not like turning back is really an option once you get started.  I actually ran down the North Rim Trail (it was easier than walking it). The most challenging part was the anticipation of actually doing it, and while I had studied the maps and trails, until you actually are on the trail you are never sure of what you will encounter and if you are on the right trail- particularly near the bottom as there are several trails along the Colorado River. On the way up there was a thunderstorm burst that came on suddenly. While beautiful, there was flash flooding and a lot of lightning so I had to be mindful of my safety and wait it out- as much as I just wanted to forge on. I was overwhelmed with pure exhilaration when I reached the top of the South Rim!”


For months leading up to it, I was doing 20 miles hikes in the mountains around Phoenix when the temperatures were near 110 degrees and then also doing some elevation hikes near Flagstaff to prepare.