Dave loves to run

Dave Hensleigh…CopperCanyonGuy

Dave Hensleigh running in Copper Canyon with Leonardo, one of the up and coming Tarahumara runners. Photo by Graig Zabransky, @stayadveturous

Dave Hensleigh, morning at a remote Sierra Madre lake. Photo, Eric Mohl, Trans- Americas Journey.

People enjoy adventuring along the rails through this vast land with Dave Hensleigh, and he enjoys it too! His experience, his keen insight on the land and culture of the country, his unbridled passion for the experience there- all of this combines to make him the ideal Copper guide. Dave has assembled a team who reflect his love of adventure and his connection to the people of the Sierras.


Dave hails from rural roots in Kansas and was educated in the Midwest and Texas, earning an undergrad in Math and a Masters in Biology. All through his youth, the trails, mountains, grasslands and wild places of the Midwest and West were his haunt. One summer in college was spent roaming Yosemite, and since, backpacking the Sierras has been a hobby.

Kansas is a running place and the heritage of runners like Glenn Cunningham,Wes Santee, and Jim Ryan etched the deep love and attachment of running onto many who hail from this wide open land- including Dave Hensleigh.

Adventure experience:

For thirty years, Dave has been leading groups of people on trips and adventures and his cumulative experience in this work is vast. Several years ago he connected with Copper Canyon, fell in love with the place and its people, and immersed himself in the Sierra Madre culture.


He started Authentic Copper Canyon   and then Authentic Adventure Network with a vision to give curious travelers a vivid experience in the true life of Copper and its people- not simply a vacation or resort experience. Recently, writers traveling with Dave on the train referred to him as a “relationship machine.”  No one on the train is a stranger and he has friendships up and down the canyon. Dave is curious and loves to facilitate the serendipitous advemture journeys for which Authentic Adventure Network is famous.

The Team:

Dave has assembled a team of guides and providers in the Sierra Madres that work together to provide vivid, safe and memorable experiences for each guest. This articulate group are experts on  the history, wildlife, and lore of the Copper Canyon region

Welcome Aboard!

Travel and adventure with Dave for just a day and you will know the place more deeply, you will meet and enjoy some new Mexican friends…and your life will be enriched.

Dave with Gustavo Lozano, part of the Authentic Adventure Network team in Copper Canyon. Gus is a runner..and he knows the land.