Trips are customized excursions to local attractions, events and destinations that do not require a historian or guided tour.
A primary mission of Desert Wonder Tours and Trips is to support regional desert cleanup and restoration. With over 40 years living in Northwest Arizona and ancestral roots dating back to the late 1800’s, we take special pride in showing you the spectacular sites and adventures to be had in our part of the world!
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Robert’s mother, Dorothy, helped to care for Clara in her later years and caretook the family home in West Kingman until her death in 1998. Robert, the youngest of 4 children, was raised in Kingman and attended Lee Williams High School in downtown Kingman.
Bob’s heritage goes back to the late 1800’s near the time of founding of Kingman. His great-great-great Grandfather on the side of his grandmother, (Clara Aitken Walton), was John Cofer who homesteaded 160 acres in what is now part of old town Kingman. John dug the first well in Kingman, by hand. The story goes that his neighbors would jeer and laugh at the determined John for “trying to find water in the desert”, but he paid them no mind and after digging 75 feet down through Mohave desert sand and rock, his determination paid off.
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As a youngster, Robert grew up exploring hills and peaks on his pony, Apache. Later his tastes ran more to dirt bikes where he would recount adventures to his 3 older siblings while exploring the desert and mountains around Kingman, sometimes getting lost in his explorations but ultimately finding his way home having discovered some new trail. The desert was a place of wonder for the young Robert, a thing that has not changed with the passing years.
Many years have passed since those less complicated days, and Bob has remained an active part in his community. He has served as Treasurer and on the board for the Mohave County Fairgrounds Association, served as Men’s Auxiliary president for a local VFW in honor of his father’s service in 2 foreign wars, a member of Kingman Tourist Commission, and is currently a Posse Member with the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office.
Bob started Desert Wonder Tours in the summer of 2017 and launched it in the Fall, November 11th, Veterans Day. His vision is to share his appreciation of the desert and the attractions that have grown here with visitors around the world. He also enjoys providing locals with outings that encourage socializing and simply enjoying the nearby destinations that they might not visit on their own.
Bob’s love of the desert compels him to support desert clean up and restoration efforts throughout the county. Desert Wonder Tours has committed to donating a percentage of its profits to support organizations who help to protect and restore desert environments.
Bob’s humor and love of the area makes him the ideal guide to explore Northwest Arizona. As he is fond of saying, “It’s not the trip, it’s the experience!”
His work has been the subject of interviews on television and radio programs, for blogs and podcasts, and for a variety of print media. Among the most prestigious of these are Jay Leno’s Garage, Rudy Maxa’s Travel World, and Frommer’s.
Audiences and venues for his presentations have been equally as diverse. In 2015 he was a featured speaker at Vakantiebeurs (a tourism fair) in Utrecht Netherlands, at a fund raiser for the Route 66 Association of Kingman, at Route 66 State Park, at the Miles of Possibilities Conference in Edwardsville, Illinois, and for tour companies from Australia, New Zealand, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Norway, and Germany. In 2016, Hinckley spoke at the European Route 66 Festival in Germany, a Route 66 festival in Holbrook, Arizona, the Miles of Possibilities Conference, at the Missouri History Museum, and at the 90th anniversary of Route 66 celebration in Los Angeles.
His blog, Jim Hinckley’s America – Route 66 Chronicles, as well as Jim Hinckley’s America podcast, YouTube channel, and Facebook live program has developed a loyal international following. Hinckley also provides content, photographic and text, for corporate websites, blogs, advertisements, marketing campaigns, and event or festival promotion.
Jim Hinckley on Linkedin – https://www.linkedin.com/in/jameshinckley
Jim Hinckley’s Route 66 Chronicles – http://jimhinckleysamerica.com/
Jim Hinckley on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/jimhinckley/
Jim Hinckley on Twitter – https://twitter.com/jimahinckley
Jim Hinckley on Facebook –https://www.facebook.com/Jim-Hinckleys-America-107850452572061/