Meet the Tour Guides that make your tour a memorable and fantastic experience!

A tour guide can make or break your vacation-having a knowledgeable, fun, passionate and experienced tour guide is the key to delivering a great holiday.

No two groups of travelers are the same and that’s why, working from years of experience our tour guides have the unique ability to deliver a product that is tailor made to each and every group. Varying group activities and additional stops to cater for individual needs is key.

Our tour guides have been leading tours for an average 10 years worldwide and are experts in leading  USA Southwest Tours.  Having hiked the trails, rafted the canyons, partied the hot spots, they really are true area specialists.

Let us introduce some of our team.

Rachel Urban

Senior Tour Guide/Owner Bindlestiff Tours

Experienced knowledgable and fun guides

Rachel began her tour leading career in 1994 when she began leading tours in Greece with Thomas Cook. Her true passion for adventure travel soon evolved and she continued to work and travel the world ever since. Working as a tour leader throughout the USA Southwest and the Canadian Rockies for the past 7 years, Rachel is an avid outdoor enthusiast; her favorite pursuits are hiking, mountain bike riding and white water rafting.

“As a small company we are able to create a unique experience for clients, really tailoring each trip to different group dynamics. We are able to keep client costs to a minimum and continue to provide unparalleled value for money.  We love what we do and every day is a new adventure!”

When Rachel is not on the road leading adventure tours in the Southwest USA she can be found relaxing in Bali Indonesia, surfing, doing yoga and rejuvenating.

Khriss Urban

Senior Tour Guide/Owner Bindlestiff Tours

Khriss has been leading small group adventure tours since 1997 across the  USA and Canada. Patient and enthusiastic, Khriss enjoys showing others the awe inspiring natural world as much as he loves discovering its wonders for himself. Khriss is an expert in leading  Southwest USA tours. A keen adventurer and historian, Khriss is a great storyteller loves spending evenings around the campfire or dinner table sharing traveling tales and making new friends.

When Khriss is not leading tours he is globetrotting, seeking out new adventures around the world!

“It’s all part of the adventure-the people, the places, the lifestyle! I get to meet interesting people from all over the world and show them one of the most unique and exciting regions on earth!”

Robert Graff

Vice President Of Sales And Marketing Bindlestiff Tours

With over 20 years in hospitality, Robert’s passion for languages and travel led him all the way to Las Vegas and into tourism. From his early days of life guarding in Greece, to teaching kindergarten, Robert found his true passion in tourism marketing, he became a tourism ambassador and interpreter welcoming foreign nationals and leading private tours to the national parks. Robert enjoys submerging himself in foreign cultures and traveling off the beaten path. Robert enjoys hiking, volleyball, yoga, and scuba diving in his free time.

Scott Robertson

Operations Manager Bindlestiff Tours

Scott’s love for the outdoors began when he grew up in Eastern Oregon. Backpacking thru the Wallowa Mountains camping and fly-fishing were his passion. Scott started guiding tours in 2010 in Las Vegas and revels in the magic and history of the Southwest. Scott is also an avid photographer with his obsession being landscape and wildlife photography. Scott lives by the Native American motto of “We will be known forever by the tracks we leave”.

Michael Lett

Senior Tour Guide Bindlestiff Tours

Michael was conceived deep in the heart of Texas in early spring and entered this world under a fiery Sagittarian sky- born a nomad. Summertime family vacations varied from the traditional Florida family fiasco, to wilderness camping.

After graduating from Texas Tech University he traveled throughout Western Europe, then Asia for a year, then Australia, South and Central Americas and India.  However, his heart belongs to the open roads of North America and the National Parks of the United States.

Michael embarked on his tour guiding career 13 years ago in Los Angeles, California. He operated coast to coast camping and lodging tours in the United States and the Canadian Rockies. He now migrates between Alaska and the great North American deserts. Michael believes Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion, Death Valley, and all the lovely arches, salt flats, and ghost towns in between are some of the most special places on Earth.

“How lucky am I to earn a living showing visitors spectacular National Parks of the American Southwest. (I also have collected so many stamps in my National Park Passport Stamp book that I had to buy a second book! Unfortunately my close friend and fellow guide, Tim Wilcox, still has only one (1) stamp book.)”

Jennie Dufour

Senior Tour Guide Bindlestiff Tours

Hailing from the Northeast (Massachusetts to be exact), Jennie grew up playing in the woods and camping in the backyard, developing a love for the outdoors.

Having exchange students from around the world live with her growing up, she was always been fascinated with traveling and seeing the world.  Jennie started her travel career as a travel agent and travelling the world when she could.  Becoming a tour leader 8 years ago allowed her to explore her own country in more depth, as well as travel internationally.

She first started leading tours throughout the USA, Canada and Mexico.  She then decided that she wanted to explore and work in other parts of the world and has since worked as an overland tour driver and leader in Eastern and Southern Africa, India, Nepal and Central America.  Having worked and traveled in 49 different countries, she has now realized home is where the heart is- The Southwest USA!

Always up for an adventure, in her spare time you may find her whitewater rafting the Grand Canyon, hopping on a sailboat across the Indian Ocean or hitchhiking through Morocco.


Jen Barnes

Senior Tour Guide Bindlestiff Tours


Jennifer Herve Barnes, just call her Jen, is a North Carolina native — hence the slight drawl — and a Florida State University graduate. She has a degree in anthropology. Jen has taught school in Japan, cleaned fish in Alaska, and toured the entire perimeter of India. She’s a music lover, a reader of anything, a fan of superhero movies, a bicyclist, a nerd, a spoiled only child, a neck popper (just ask), a fan of fine mustaches, a chili hound, a serious cook, and a woman of letters. But mostly she’s a tour guide. She’s conducted tours throughout the Southwest, from coast to coast in America, in Alaska, and in Canada. If you make her laugh, she’ll be your friend for life. But she will break your fingers if you send her a text with “LOL” in it. She can tell if you have a sense of humor by gauging your response to her sausage-and-bacon joke.

Mike Brown

Senior Tour Guide Bindlestiff Tours

Mike is originally from Baltimore Maryland, but he is no “city-slicker”! At the age of 15 he first experienced the American Southwest at Philmont Scout Ranch in Raton, New Mexico. He fell in love with the beauty and grandeur of the region and vowed to come back one day.

Mike has excelled in many professions including fashion design, DJ’ing, and massage therapy. In early 2009 he left the world of 9-5 jobs behind to “find himself” and became a global nomad, living, working, and visiting over 50 countries since. His first guiding experience was at one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Petra, Jordan, where he volunteered with local Bedouins. From there he went on to guide and escort tours in places like Spain, Norway, the Canary Islands and Caribbean.

Mike is convinced that traveling can bring about positive life changing experiences in everyone, just ask about his!! This is why he is guiding tours today.

When not guiding, he is chasing the summer weather around the globe in search his next great adventure.

Marie Easton

Senior Tour Guide Bindlestiff Tours

Marie’s journey into tour leading began on a college camping trip to the Grand Canyon and Moab in 2007. Being an Midwestern girl from the farmlands of Iowa, she immediately discovered a great passion for the Canyonlands and the open desert and got on board leading tours through the West with Trek America and Intrepid Travel.After living in California and Nevada for many years, she loves the Western United States and takes great interest in sharing her knowledge about the area and making it possible for clients to have an incredible experience in her favorite places in the world.
When Marie is not on the road leading adventure tours in the Southwest USA she can be found skiing in Lake Tahoe, making art projects, cooking up great food, working out, learning foreign languages, or reading a good book.

Joel Clark

Tour Guide Bindlestiff Tours

“There’s an old saying here in the desert,” I once heard Joel say. “What you see in the desert is a reflection of your own soul.” Never without his old battered hat, given to him by his grandfather, Joel Clark has an addiction to the wide open spaces of the West.
He has hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, the Continental Divide Trail, the Appalachian Trail, and charted his own cross-country trek across the Mojave Desert totaling some 8,000 miles. Joel is an experienced guide, leading adventure tours and horse riding expeditions through the canyon lands of Southern Utah for over 6 years. When he gets out his guitar around the campfire, bring a handkerchief because you’re going to hear some soulful old cowboy songs.

Chris Mercer

Tour Guide Bindlestiff Tours

Originally a Nashville Tennessee native, Chris found his love for nature at an early age growing up exploring the woodlands, lakes, rivers, and trails of the Appalachian Mountains. Craving other lands to discover he set his sights to the west and was spellbound by the vastness of the Rocky Mountains and the seemingly endless, other worldly landscapes of the Southwest.

As a naive and inexperienced 19 year old, Chris and his older brother took their first big road trip out west. Despite the bumbling mishaps of their youth and lessons learned the hard way, Chris caught a fever. Road Trip Fever! And the only prescription was more road trips. The freedom of the road, the connection with nature, the excitement of the unexpected, and the adventures around every corner fueled him on over the coming years to extensively explore every state in the U.S., across Canada, and over 15 other countries.

After graduating from MTSU, Chris began working as many as three jobs at once to fund his desire for the great wide open. Eventually stumbling upon a way to earn a living doing what he loves he began to lead tours throughout the U.S. and Canada. Guiding gives him the opportunity  to share his experience, excitement, and awe of the beauty of the West, and to meet plenty of amazing people while doing so.

In his spare time Chris enjoys, hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, trail running, kayaking, paddleboarding, and any other outdoor recreational sport he can get his hands, or feet on. And he is a Nashville native remember, so of course he plays guitar!

Jonathan Maret

Tour Guide Bindlestiff Tours

Jon has always had a passion for adventure. As a child, he spent his time exploring the forests and creeks that cover the South-Eastern United States. In 2007 while living in Chicago he felt that his life was lacking adventure, so he dropped everything and headed to Alaska. After returning to the lower 48 in 2008, Jon started leading adventure trips. His love of learning lead him back to school, where he graduated from Montana State University – Billings. He went on to become an adjunct professor in their Outdoor Education department. Tiring of the office he decided to return to his passion, leading adventure trips. Jon has guided all over the Western and South-Western United States, but his heart lives in Southern Utah and Northern Arizona.
In his off time you can find Jon and his wife Liyah climbing, skiing or wandering the Southwest with their dog Roscoe.

Evan DiLauro

Tour Guide Bindlestiff Tours

Originally hailing from New Jersey, Evan has spent decades living, working and traveling in the American Southwest and beyond, having lived for many years in places like Albuquerque, New Mexico; Flagstaff, Arizona; San Diego, California and Houston, Texas, in addition to his native eastern soil. Evan led his first tour I’m 2004 and has since split his time between the road and the classroom. When not leading tours, you can find him working as an ESL instructor for children and adults all over Asia and the Middle East.

There is nothing Evan likes better then hitting the road with some friends, a few good books and something new to see, do, hike or explore. Join him for a trip to remember and look deep into the eyes, heart and soul of America.

Bradley Manhke

Tour Guide Bindlestiff Tours

Born and reared in Milwaukee Wisconsin, Bradley’s sense for adventure and travel was instilled at a young age.  Summertime vacations included annual epic road trips to Missouri in a Chevet with a pop up camper! After graduating college, Bradley attempted cubicle life.  That ended quickly once he realized work visas were available in New Zealand.  After working for three years in New Zealand as a concierge, Bradley returned to his homeland and discovered he could make a living as an active tour guide.   This ten year journey took Bradley to many parts of the globe from Iceland to Crete, New Mexico to New Zealand,and many places in between where he enjoyed the ride from behind bars, handlebars that is.

“I can show you short cuts on the Strade Bianche in Tuscany and know Crete like it was my hometown, but I can’t find my mother’s house without GPS.”

When not working, Bradley finds his sanity on a bicycle, fishing, cooking, doing yoga, pottery, arts & crafts, and generally exploring and learning more about the world that surrounds him.

“I have found out there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them then to travel with them.”  Mark Twain

Chris Cass

Tour Guide Bindlestiff Tours

As a third generation US Navy Officer, Chris has always lived a nomadic lifestyle. After sailing across much of the world he inexplicably tried out Wall Street for almost two years before realizing life was short and he had to go to the Southwest USA that he fell in love with over the course of four summers on the Navajo Nation in high school.

After living a few seasons back west out of his truck to rock climb and explore, Chris feels he’s found his niche.
“When I first started taking others on these amazing trips I knew I found a calling I was meant to live. The Colorado Plateau feels like my spiritual home, it’s where the bones of the earth lie exposed to us in all it’s raw splendor.” When not guiding, he works inside an office at a start up, trying to balance the best of both worlds!

Christopher Patrick

Senior Tour Guide Bindlestiff Tours

Travel and comedy flow strong in this one. Before finding a job that would pay him to travel, Chris worked in Alaska as a salmon processor, was a recreational skier in Colorado & Wyoming, was a crew member on a catamaran on the island of St. Croix and has participated in a 100 mile ultra run. In addition, he has been around the world a couple times to see as much as he can, however he always comes back to the Southwest. He loves meeting new people and aims to entertain while educating his guests.

When not on the road, Chris loves time with his niece, running to a gate to catch a plane, creating YouTube videos and training to be a cast member for SNL.

Alex Rosema

Senior Tour Guide Bindlestiff Tours

Originally from the heart of the flatlands, (otherwise known as the Midwest) Alex grew up knowing that there must be another side to life. After leaving for college, studying at various universities around the world, and going on near constant road trips, he found his passion in travel and the mountains.

While living in the Middle East, he discovered that those passions could be combined into a job and began his career in guiding; showing people the mountains, culture, and history of the area, all while gaining a deeper understanding of the beauty, harshness, and romanticism of the desert landscapes. He was hooked.

For the last several years, Alex has guided trips across the US, hiked the Pacific Crest Trail and spent time continuing his travels around the world with plenty of hiking and rock climbing thrown in.

Rene Sollberger

Tour Guide Bindlestiff Tours

Rene is happy when the horizon is wide. Born and raised in beautiful but tiny Switzerland, he started exploring the world early. No destination was too exotic, and no journey was too arduous. He crisscrossed Southern Europe, Africa, India, Asia and the United States by car, bus and train. In San Francisco he got his first job as tour guide, in 1989. He immediately fell in love with the majestic National Parks and the awesome vistas of the Southwest. Today Las Vegas is his home.

Rene’s degree is in Physics and Mathematics. He worked as a high school teacher and later as a journalist for major Swiss media. His job then allowed him to travel extensively, and, better yet, he even got paid to do it.

Rene loves to meet new people, explore new places, and share the magnificence of their geography, culture and history. That is what brought him back to the travel industry in 2016 when he moved to San Francisco. There is a saying in German that he has taken as his life motto, which could be translated as: Sharing joy only doubles it.

Apart from traveling, Rene – who is fluent in three and a half languages – enjoys hiking, photography, swimming, skiing, driving, cooking and eating. In his time off, he still works as journalist and writer. In 2019 he published his first book, a biography of a Swiss diplomat who served as the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Joseph Spaid

Tour Guide Bindlestiff Tours

Joseph Spaid is a multiple award-winning film director who’s traveled to 71 countries, and completed four circumnavigations of planet Earth. Although raised in San Diego, he was “made” in New York City where he had a dream job in film, tv, and advertising before trading-up to the job of a lifetime as a travel guide. When not guiding in The States, Spaid can be found leading round-the-world travel, working as a surfing guide in Senegal, or completing the post-production of his latest film in Mexico. Other passions include still photography, writing, storytelling, hiking, camping, cycling, boating, scuba diving, meteorology, oceanography, geology, ornithology, nomadic culture, gardening, dogs, and raising college money for the kids of CED Orphanage in India. Joseph’s motto is; ‘Be brave. Be kind, Go.’

Chelsea Nielsen

Tour Guide Bindlestiff Tours

Chelsea graduated from Humboldt State University with a degree in Recreation Administration and has devoted her career to helping people get outdoors. She has spent more than ten years working on public lands, and she is proud to say that she volunteered for Americorps, helping to better the country she loves.

She is an experienced guide and has also worked as a park ranger in the Mojave Desert, as well as helped manage two federal recreation grants for the State of Nevada.  “Anything that keeps me outdoors!” she says.   In her spare time, she enjoys riding her dirtbike, playing her ukulele, and journaling.

Julia Davis

Senior Tour Guide Bindlestiff Tours

Growing up in landlocked, relatively flat and quiet Minnesota, young Julia was travel starved and eager to see the world. As soon as she was old enough to accept a job as a tour guide, she hit the road and fell in love. No matter how many times she visits some of America’s most celebrated destinations, she always finds a new reason to appreciate it. In the past decade, she’s taken exploration very seriously. She is an experienced solo traveler. In fact, of the 33 countries she’s checked out, half were experienced on her own. Although these trips have left her feeling empowered and confident, she’s convinced there’s no greater reward in life than sharing these experiences with others. Now, after nearly a decade as a professional galavanter, she considers every corner of this beautiful country home and looks forward to sharing it with you!
Becky Stone

Reservations Manager and part time Tour Leader Bindlestiff Tours

Becky Stone Bindlestiff Tours

Becky’s love for travel began at an early age. From the UK, Becky’s family used to take her on annual holidays all over Europe and later on further afield to Africa, Thailand and the USA. Passionate about anything travel Becky enjoys anything outdoors and spends her free time sailing, water skiing and kayaking.  Becky’s love for adventure travel led her to us and she is now our full time Reservations Manager and part time tour leader.  An adventure with Becky will be fun, educational and awe-inspiring as she will take you to all the best scenic photo spots away from the crowds. Her favorite Southwest USA destination is Monument Valley.