What to bring when hiking or biking in the Sonoran desert

What to bring when hiking or biking in the Sonoran desert

What to Bring When Hiking or Biking in the Sonoran DesertOur Sonoran Desert is a beautiful place, but occasionally she can be...abrasive.  Literally. We want you headed home with awesome memories and spectacular photos, not scrapes and scars. So here are a some things that will help you enjoy your time with us and in the desert in general.

Clothing - Everything we do is active, so while chaps and spurs look cool, we recommend something a little more modern. Materials that wick moisture are best (polyester to be all technical) and if they have a SPF that's even better! Sleeves are great for blocking the sun. If you are going mountain biking with us, just remember that flappy pant legs and bike chains don't often get along.

Shoes -We'll want those to be tennis shoes if you please. Unless you are riding a bike with us and you have brought along your own bike shoes of course. Hiking shoes or boots are obviously a plus for hiking tours.

Headwear - On the mountain bikes, we always wear a helmet, but a hat can be great for keeping the sun out of your eyes pre and post ride, not to mention covering up the inevitable helmet hair. For hiking a hat will serve you well start to finish. Wide brims block more of those rays so for hiking they are handy.

Eyewear - We have a running joke around here that we have more sunglasses than we have just about anything else, and while we are obviously slaves to fashion, dang it if they don't make the desert sun a little more tolerable for the ol' peepers too.

Sunscreen - This may seem like a no-brainer, but most sunscreens recommend some absorption time. Don't worry, we have plenty of sun block to share, but if you can start with a slatherin' before we get started, we'll keep that tan a healthy glow instead of a lobster red.

 

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Laurel took my husband, my 10-year-old son & I out for a mountain bike ride … and we had a great time! We all like to ride but not all of us are super-skilled riders. Laurel picked a great trail for us where we all felt comfortable and just the right amount challenged. Can't wait to go back!

- Kim T.

Our geographically-distributed company meets in a unique location each year. This time, we wanted to experience the Sonoran Desert. On the recommendation of our resort concierge, we booked a trip with Laurel and the Wild Bunch Desert Guides. What a great pick! From our initial contact months before the trip, Laurel was very responsive, a pleasure to work with, and it was clear she was passionate about providing a memorable experience. Laurel picked the 14 of us up at the resort and immediately established a fun and high-energy rapport with our group. She was great at reading the group dynamic, making us all feel comfortable, and reminding us that we were out to have some fun. Upon our arrival at the trailhead, our bikes and gear were equipped and ready per our specifications (including SPD pedals for those who requested them). All the gear was in top shape, and we were able to hit the trails quickly. I had initially been concerned that riding might be more "nose to tail," frustrating our more beginner and advanced riders alike. Fortunately, Laurel and our two guides, Rebel and Eric, did an awesome job of allowing the group to naturally separate a bit so that we could ride at our ability while also intermittently meeting up so that we could enjoy the experience together and shuffle up the groups. Along the entire ride, our guides were cheerleaders, support crew, comic relief, and naturalists. They did a great job of assessing each riders' experience and adjusting and making recommendations accordingly. Laurel's passion for riding, for the desert, and for providing everybody with a great experience was exceedingly evident and made for a memorable afternoon. It was a perfect way to experience the Sonoran Desert. I would not hesitate to recommend Wild Bunch!

- Tom S.

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