Eric

Ellen

Rebecca, a.k.a. Rebel, hails from West Virginia (in your best accent say that). Rebel grew up loving the outdoors and playing with the boys. Native American/wild west culture became her passion as her daddy used to bring home photos from his western travels in the U. S. Navy.

Rebel worked loading semi-trucks for 20 years for Rite Aid while moon lighting as an EMT from 1982-1995 and also worked on a Search and Rescue canine specific crew. Rebel has always explored the outdoors via mountain bike and hiking.   Her hiking background includes educating people on how to prepare and eat wild edibles and enjoy the surroundings in remote locations.

Rebel has been giving people amazing “yee haw” adventures for Johnny Ringo’s Carefree Jeep Adventures for over 10 years out of Cave Creek, AZ and has been his most loved and requested tour guide for the better half of a decade. Rebel has no fear when it comes to taking guest for a bushwhack hike or mountain bike ride and she carries the appropriate supplies for any situation possible in the desert.   When not having a blast jeepin, hiking or riding mountain bike Rebel has her own personal Native American inspired art work she makes and sells, and works as a ranch hand in Cave Creek, AZ.  Rebel has been married over 20 years and has 2 dogs.

Rebel along with her plyers ( we say PLIIIIERS for the accent) will give you an adventure that will be educational and maybe a little wild. 

Laurel Darren-Simmons, a.k.a. Ol’ Sparkly Eyes, lives in a world filled with colorful, shimmering glitter, eccentric knee socks, and fun costumes. A high energy force field around her has created many safe, fun, and amazing adventures by foot and bike here in the beautiful Sonoran Desert.

Arriving in Arizona in 2012 this John Deere corn fed Midwest girl has 30 years of athleticism under her chaps.  Ol’ Sparkly eyes has competed in many road running races, road cycling, cyclo-cross and Mountain bike races. Her past experience in massage therapy, journalism, and group fitness instructing contribute to her ability to make every trip the best trip ever!

When not spreading glitter on the trails or insisting guests hug a cactus for a photo, she loves to ride her mountain bike with her younger (6 years specifically) husband Bill, and hike with her Plott hound, Daisy Mae.  Ol’ Sparkly Eyes is also involved with many local mountain biking groups including DFMBA and AZ Gravel Rides. Ol’ Sparkly can be seen out and about on a fancy date night with her step daughter, Bonnie or annihilating cheese covered popcorn at a movie with her step son, Holland. Laurel's experience as a senior mountain bike guide for 3 years at Arizona Outback Adventures presented her with opportunities on her journey to create relationships as well as perfect a skill set that includes attention to safety and knowledge of proper trail etiquette. Upon leaving AOA, Ol’ Sparkly eyes was known for the most positive Trip Advisor reviews and was THE most REQUESTED guide for private day tours. 

Laurel

Rebel

Meet our posse!

Ellen Spatt, a.k.a. .....Ellen, is a retired Firefighter from Wisconsin who competed in triathlon back home, ultimately becoming a Ford Ironman finisher in 2011. Since moving to AZ four years ago, she has embraced the hiking and mountain biking scene.  Mountain bike racing is a new challenge with several podium finishes in 2016.  Ellen loves to trail run and hike all over the valley.  A bucket list accomplishment last year was a solo Rim2Rim2Rim hike/run of the Grand Canyon in under 24 hours!  Ellen is fun loving and has the outdoor experience to guide you on your next adventure!

Eric Hardwick, a.k.a. HARDWICK! is a transplant to the valley, but may as well have been born in the desert.  Bill met Eric in Sedona when he saw a random guy on the side of the road in desparate need of a burrito.  From that burrito (and a couple good craft beers) was born a friendship based in passion for everything the Sonoran desert has to offer.  When the time came to expand our team, Eric was a shoe-in.  

​​"Hi y'all. My name is Eric. I'm married to an incredible lady who understands me and supports me with all my crazy ideas.  I have 2 awesome dogs. One is super hyperactive and the other is lazier then a sloth haha.  All four of us live in Phoenix, AZ.  I am a transplant to Phoenix. I've been here for almost 4 years.  I always tell everyone that they'd have to take me out of Arizona on a stretcher. When I'm not working out under a roof you can usually find me doing anything outdoors. Some of my favorites include Mountain Biking and hiking. I love joking around, puns and meeting new people. Best two quotes I ever heard "don't take life so seriously, your not getting out alive". Secondly "do one thing a day that scares you". See y'all on the trail!!!"

Wild Bunch Desert Guides was born in the imagination of a couple of people who love the desert and all it has to offer.  What better way to share this with the countless visitors each year, than to take you ourselves and show you around!  Our gang is made up of guides with years of experience here in the Sonoran Desert that have a passion for exploring and a genuine commitment to making adventures safe, fun, and unforgettable. 

Bill & Laurel