Wild Bunch Desert Guides Adventure Tour Company
“We hosted a group of 20 corporate VIPs for an early morning ride before an annual industry conference and we always get RAVE reviews on the experience -- and we owe that to Laurel and the organization behind making it happen. We have a wide range of riders and the Wild Bunch Desert Guides do an amazing job at gearing us all up and putting us on a path for everyone to enjoy -- regardless of skill and comfort level. We're planning to return for a third year in a row -- HIGHLY recommend this ‘gang of bikers.' They'll have you hugging a cactus before the day is done. This is an outstanding tour operator. Highly skilled, safe and super contagious in their passion about the outdoor experience!” – Alison Sansone on Google, 2019
Founded in March 2016, Wild Bunch Desert Guides, LLC, is the love child of transplanted Mountain Biking and Hiking enthusiasts, who simply wanted to share their devotion to those activities and their passion for the beautiful Sonoran Desert with the many tourists coming every year to Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona.
With a dedication to customized details, first-class customer service from expert guides, and an unwavering commitment to deliver once-in-a-lifetime experiences to every guest, the Wild Bunch has grown quickly into one of the premier adventure travel tour companies in the Southwest.
“It’s been incredibly satisfying and very organic,” says Laurel Darren, the current owner/operator, who founded Wild Bunch with her former husband and still-great friend and business proponent Bill Simmons.
“We just put everything we could into it – financially, emotionally and physically in terms of effort. We’ve also been blessed to receive lots of support from our friends and families over the years. Our single-minded goal always has been to craft and deliver each tour to the vision of the guests. It’s been an incredible ride so far, a real group effort to get to this point.”
These days, the Wild Bunch Desert Guides have earned the top rating – five stars – across the board from Tripadvisor, Yelp, Google, and Facebook. Those guests getting personalized attention are now loyal customers, regularly singing the praises of their unforgettable adventures on Social Media. The private boutique service also has earned acclaim from the tourism industry as an award-winner among adventure travel companies.
Despite the many and mounting accolades, though, the Wild Bunch remains the same, small, local mom-and-pop specialty shop, which is the reason personal attention and homespun hospitality continue to be the core exports.
Based in Scottsdale, Wild Bunch specializes in private, customized mountain biking and/or hiking adventure tours while exploring the most spectacular areas of the Sonoran Desert. The super-fun, extremely knowledgeable team of adventure tour operators is made up of highly experienced, certified adventure guides, sharing strong passions for outdoor exploration and guest safety and satisfaction.
Wild Bunch Desert Guides caters to all skill and fitness levels, and often handles large special events, such as corporate excursions, organization retreats and customer appreciation outings. However, because of our flair for the personal touch, the Wild Bunch continues to specialize in small groups, especially families with children and those celebrating milestones, including birthdays and anniversaries.