Tales from the Trail Blog

Tales from the Trail Blog

Phoenix hiking tours share ‘Super’ message

by Laurel Darren, Wild Bunch Desert Guides • February, 10, 2022
A pair of Florida teens have added new meaning to the old saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” The duo are dedicated to ocean conservation, with their clean-up efforts turned into artwork sold to benefit environmental causes. After delivering their latest sculpture to Super Bowl LVI, the boys and their moms shared their “super message” during a Phoenix hiking tours pit stop on the way home. more...

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Adventure tours Phoenix/Scottsdale: It’s a wonderful life

by Laurel Darren, Wild Bunch Desert Guides • January, 31, 2022
Despite mounting troubles, George Bailey concluded in the classic Christmas movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Wild Bunch Desert Guides owner Laurel Darren discovered the same truths during some recent personal challenges away from adventure tours Phoenix/Scottsdale – and she has several Angels to thank for that. more...

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New year, same great Phoenix hiking tours

by Laurel Darren, Wild Bunch Desert Guides • January, 17, 2022
Wild Bunch Desert Guides owner Laurel Darren resolved long ago to avoid making New Year’s resolutions. However, she does have a 2022 promise for guests – the Wild Bunch will continue to offer the same great Phoenix hiking tours, Scottsdale mountain bike tours & superb customer service. more...

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'Tis the Season for hiking tours in Phoenix

by Laurel Darren, Wild Bunch Desert Guides • December, 21, 2021
'Tis the Season for holiday hours, and Phoenix hiking tours and Phoenix mountain bike tours are no exception. Wild Bunch Desert Guides do offer hiking and biking help on the holidays, though, to make your Christmas merry and New Year's celebrations happy.. more...

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Christmas gift for a Phoenix hiking tours guide

by Laurel Darren, Wild Bunch Desert Guides • December, 13, 2021
A Yuletide wish granted for a Phoenix hiking tours guest turned into an unexpected and unlikely Christmas present for the owner/operator of the Wild Bunch Desert Guides. more...

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A Thanksgiving feast from Phoenix hiking tours

by Laurel Darren, Wild Bunch Desert Guides • November, 26, 2021
What makes a Phoenix adventure tours owner thankful this Thanksgiving? Turns out, an awful lot since last year's holiday and, before that, the worst days of the COVID pandemic. Feast on these many blessings realized during Phoenix hiking tours and Scottsdale mountain bike tours. more...

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Phoenix adventure tours? Priceless

by Laurel Darren, Wild Bunch Desert Guides • November, 16, 2021
To borrow the set up from a famous and much imitated advertising campaign: Plane tickets for a family of five to Arizona? $1,460. A week’s stay at one of those posh all-inclusive resorts? $5,200. A guided Phoenix hiking tour with the Wild Bunch Desert Guides? $575. The looks on the faces of your loved ones while hugging a cactus and witnessing the incredible otherworld landscape during one of these memorable Phoenix adventure tours? PRICELESS. more...

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Veterans Day every day on Phoenix hiking tours

by Laurel Darren, Wild Bunch Desert Guides • November, 08, 2021
A group of West Point classmates recently reunited in the Phoenix area on one of the Phoenix hiking tours from the Wild Bunch Desert Guides. Witnessing the event reminded company owner Laurel Darren that every day should be Veterans Day, with our collective thanks to the military for their selfless service protecting our freedoms not limited to one day each November. more...

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Enjoy Handicap Accessible ADA Hiking Trails in Phoenix

by Laurel Darren, Wild Bunch Desert Guides • October, 21, 2021
The Phoenix Metropolitan Area rates among the top communities nationally for hiking and mountain biking opportunities. Sun-kissed weather conditions allow for endless days of exploring the hundreds of miles of trails in the other-world beauty of the Sonoran Desert. The incredible variety of trails includes dozens of ADA accessible hiking trails suitable for every age and ability level. Everything from wheelchairs to walkers, and scooters to strollers can be used on these handicap hiking trails, which in turn allows every member of a family or group to experience one of the Phoenix hiking tours from the Wild Bunch Desert Guides. more...

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Every dog has its day on Phoenix hiking tours

by Laurel Darren, Wild Bunch Desert Guides • October, 09, 2021
Travelling with your dog and want Bingo by your side for all the unforgettable moments in the Valley of the Sun? This is not “Ruff Stuff!” You are more than welcome to bring Rover on one of our guided Phoenix hiking tours. Here are the rules and recommendations to follow to enjoy a dog friendly hike with man’s best friend. more...

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Just what the doctor ordered! Phoenix mountain bike tours next

by Laurel Darren, Wild Bunch Desert Guides • September, 29, 2021
What did I do on my 2021 summer vacation? Instead of a back-to-school story, this is my return-to-business tale. Here is how a return to competitive mountain bike racing has more than prepared me to tackle the challenges to come from the “busy season” for tourists at my small business of offering guided Scottsdale hiking tours and Phoenix mountain bike tours. more...

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Staying safe on Scottsdale hikes

by Laurel Darren, Wild Bunch Desert Guides • September, 19, 2021
What does a Phoenix adventure tours owner think of two tragedies in six weeks of unguided public hiking in Arizona’s triple-digit heat? Quite a lot, actually, especially in relation to the Scottsdale hiking tours offered by her Wild Bunch Desert Guides. more...

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Oktoberfest of Phoenix adventure tours awaits

by Laurel Darren, Wild Bunch Desert Guides • September, 07, 2021
Beer, brats and Lederhosen are the usual fixtures at any Oktoberfest celebration. However, guided Scottsdale hiking tours and Phoenix mountain bike tours also are part of the party this fall in Arizona. Wild Bunch Desert Guides owner Laurel Darren observes her October Homecoming from a summer full of rest and relaxation that has recharged, refocused and reinforced her commitment to providing once-in-a-lifetime memorable Phoenix adventure tours. more...

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Labor Day Means Back To School Fun... For Parents - Scottsdale Hiking Tours

by Laurel Darren, Wild Bunch Desert Guides • August, 31, 2021
The extended Labor Day holiday weekend is upon us. Time for picnics, cookouts, and all sorts of great get-togethers as we all work hard to have some last summer-blast fun. If considering a quick getaway this or any other weekend, guided Scottsdale hiking tours with Wild Bunch Desert Guides also is a perfect part of any couples retreat or family outing on the long break from the workaday grind. more...

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Phoenix hiking tours: No substitutes, please!

by Laurel Darren, Wild Bunch Desert Guides • August, 08, 2021
Phoenix hiking tours with Wild Bunch Desert Guides are completely customizable to the desires of our guests. From trail difficulty to private group size to celebrating special occasions on the trail, every adventure is tailored to your wants, needs and wishes. The one unchangeable item in the summer, though, are early-morning start times. Read on to discover why. more...

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Phoenix hiking tours: Vacation destination

by Laurel Darren, Wild Bunch Desert Guides • July, 20, 2021
So, where does an adventure tour company owner go on vacation to take a break from the workaday grind and seek their getaway thrills? The answer might surprise you! The providers of guided Phoenix hiking tours and Scottsdale mountain bike tours are just like everybody else when chasing the ever-elusive physical, mental, and spiritual healing powers of recuperative rest and relaxation. more...

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Phoenix hiking tours: Hot times, cool thoughts

by Laurel Darren, Wild Bunch Desert Guides • June, 30, 2021
So, you have hot summer vacation plans that include guided Phoenix hiking tours. Here is how to make sure instead of fizzling in Arizona’s legendary July heat, your adventure with Wild Bunch Desert Guides sizzles like an Independence Day firecracker. Hint No. 1: Start by crossing off an iconic Camelback Mountain hike. more...

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Phoenix hiking best adventure for group outings

by Laurel Darren, Wild Bunch Desert Guides • June, 20, 2021
Whether the calendar says July 4 or Nov. 4, an Arizona adventure tour is a great way to celebrate everything from a holiday to an anniversary, birthday, or another personal milestone. Guided Phoenix hiking or Scottsdale mountain biking also makes for a fantastic way to put a unique stamp on any corporate retreat, business event, family reunion or weekend group getaway. However, for the largest groups, hiking in the Sonoran Desert with the Wild Bunch is the best option and here is why. more...

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Phoenix Adventure Tours salute our heroes

by Laurel Darren, Wild Bunch Desert Guides • May, 28, 2021
Memorial Day is more than a long holiday weekend to mark the beginning of summer with an avalanche of activities. Mountain biking & hiking on Phoenix adventure tours is among the many freedoms Americans enjoy because of the sacrifices made by our war heroes. Never forget who blazed the trail to your fun. more...

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Phoenix adventure tours: Eight great memories

by Laurel Darren, Wild Bunch Desert Guides • May, 23, 2021
A man with a prosthetic leg scaling Camelback Mountain. A first-time bike rider learning fundamentals on the fly. Guided Scottsdale hiking trips or guided Scottsdale mountain biking tours with either the famous or the fascinating. These are the Eight Great Memories from my company’s Phoenix adventure tours. more...

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Featured Reviews

We recently hosted a customer appreciation event in the Scottsdale area. We were looking for an alternative to golf and our resort concierge recommended hiking with Wild Bunch Desert Guides. I highly recommend using Wild Bunch -- Laurel did an excellent job with the logistics and staying in constant communication during the hike planning. We ended with a group of 30 hikers and we chose the Quartz Ridge Trail. It was perfect -- excellent views, a nice, moderate 3-mile hike, and 100-percent satisfaction with our customers. I appreciate that the guides provided the packs, water, and snacks. Thanks so much to Laurel and her team -- we will definitely be back!

- Kimberly T.

I'm a female lone traveler with zero desert hiking experience, so I was very glad to find a company that offered solo guided hiking tours. I had a great time with Jay. He was friendly and knowledgeable, and he kept me safe from colliding into the mountain bikers, I was so distracted and captivated by the beauty of the desert and all of the cactuses.

- Amber G.

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