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Dave Hensleigh…CopperCanyonGuy

People enjoy riding 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 Hensleigh and Lola Mancinas

Lola Mancinas and Dave at one of her delicious discadas on the canyon wall. Lola runs one of the lodge type places in the Divisadero area.


Dave hails from rural 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.

Mata Ortiz pottery gallery.

Juan Quezada with Dave Hensleigh in his studio at Mata Ortiz.


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.

Gallego overlook

One of our recent groups with Dave taking a break at Gallego above Urique.


He started Authentic Copper Canyon 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 creative and loves to facilitate the serendipitous journeys for which Authentic Copper Canyon is famous.

Dave Hensleigh in Mexico

Dave on the streets with the people...always at home in Chihuahua.


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.

Horseriding in Copper Canyon

The trails for horses are excellent in Copper Canyon and Dave is a horse guy.


Welcome Aboard!

Travel this majestic place with Dave and the team and you will know the place more deeply, you will meet and enjoy some new Mexican friends…and your life will be enriched.


Dave Hensleigh, 217.369.9897, davehensleigh@gmail.com


Dave on the Copper Canyon train

Dave spends most of his time on the Copper Canyon train leaning out the doors watching the miracle go by.