Scottsdale
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Our most recommended Scottsdale Desert Safaris

  • 2 Hour Guided ATV/UTV Tour Self Drive

    1. 2 Hour Guided ATV/UTV Tour Self Drive

    Enjoy an exciting day in the famous Sonoran desert, off-roading in your single-passenger or 4-person ATV on some of the best trails in the stunning Bradshaw Mountains, located just north of Phoenix. Travel through giant Saguaro cacti, deep canyons carved by flash flooding rains, and cross the Aqua Fria River to experience the wild and vast desert terrain. Our tours create a scenic and educational journey amid some of the most rugged landscapes Arizona has to offer, with opportunities to see abundant desert wildlife such as coyotes, bobcats, deer, rabbits, quail and even rattlesnakes. The guided ATV tour begins approximately 45 minutes north of Phoenix in the Sonoran desert near the Agua Fria River Valley. This area, amidst the beautiful Bradshaw Mountains, is perfect for off-roading. There are creek crossings and places for wash riding, as well as gorgeous views of the Arizona landscape...

    fast easy to reserve and a wild ride. it was a great adventure and enjoyed it a lot. TJ and Rob where are guides and did a great job.

  • Grand Canyon Day Tour from Phoenix, Scottsdale & Tempe

    2. Grand Canyon Day Tour from Phoenix, Scottsdale & Tempe

    Experience the Grand Canyon National Park South Rim during this guided tour. Today's tour offers time for a tour of the canyon rim and Route 66 with your guide. After departing the Phoenix metro area, Route 66 will be the first stop along the tour. Guests will have a chance to experience the historic highway in the town of Williams, the last town passed by I-40. While you are enjoying Route 66, your guide will pick up your picnic lunch made fresh that morning before departing to the Grand Canyon. Guests will enjoy more than 3 hours within the National Park marveling at the beauty that is the Grand Canyon. Don’t forget to visit the historic El Tovar Lodge and Hopi House in Grand Canyon Village. While at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park, guests will have opportunities to walk the rim, shop, capture an unlimited number of photographs, or enjoy your lunch and relax with the ...

    Our guide was very knowledgeable about the area we drove through on our way and about the Grand Canyon. Highly recommend this tour if you are only able to spend a day at the Grand Canyon

  • Off-Road Segway Tour: Scottsdale, Fort McDowell

    3. Off-Road Segway Tour: Scottsdale, Fort McDowell

    Experience Arizona in this off-road Segway Tour in the Sonoran Desert; the most exciting adventure in the Scottsdale Area! Warm temperatures, blue skies, and breath-taking scenery create the most perfect oasis; you will be so glad you came out. Your tour operates by special permit on the Fort McDowell Native American Reservation and takes place off the beaten path on beautiful desert trails located near the Verde River at the base of Four Peaks Mountain. The Segway is perfect for the terrain and relaxed atmosphere of the Sonoran Desert. It allows you to experience the desert first-hand and offers the best wind-in-your-hair adventure to share with your friends and family. It is an experience that you will remember forever. Your guide will provide you with information about the Yavapai Nation, as well as the unique flora and fauna you are seeing; everything from the great saguaros to bal...

    Our 21 year old grandson came to AZ for a visit and we wanted to do something different that he would enjoy. He had a great time and the history of the valley was also interesting to learn. Mastering the Segway was easier than I expected and the guide added humor at every turn. I would recommend this adventure. Lots of laughs

  • From Phoenix: Apache Trail & Dolly Steamboat Day Trip

    4. From Phoenix: Apache Trail & Dolly Steamboat Day Trip

    Come join us on an adventurous tour along the Apache Trail and into the Sonora desert, then take a cruise on Dolly Steamboat through Canyon Lake. Driving into the Superstition Mountains, you will visit Tortilla Flat, a quaint Arizona town with a population of 6! Next, relax on a 90-minute cruise over picturesque Canyon Lake, with its magnificent desert surroundings. Don't forget your camera, as this is the ideal platform from which to snap postcard-perfect landscape photos. Your guide will then lead you into the desert for an explanation of the local flora, including the majestic Saguaro cactus and Arizona's state tree, the Palo Verde.

  • Scottsdale: Half-Day Road Bike Tour

    5. Scottsdale: Half-Day Road Bike Tour

    Explore the Sonoran Desert surrounding the Phoenix/Scottsdale metropolitan area and get to know the beautiful landscape on a half-day road bike tour. Your guided road bike tours in Scottsdale and the Phoenix metro area will be led by an experienced professional guide and tailored to your skills and interested. Your guide will share the best road cycling routes in Phoenix and Scottsdale, offering lengths from 25-100 miles and a duration of 2-3 hours. Whether you are an expert cyclist or a total beginner, a professional local biking guide will help to make your tour an outstanding experience while you pedal along the trail best suited to you. These guided road bike tours are perfect for the avid cyclist, the visiting triathlete in training, or the casual road biker who wants to get out and cycle Arizona.

  • Kansas City: Scavenger Hunt and Interactive Tour

    6. Kansas City: Scavenger Hunt and Interactive Tour

    Combine the best of all the Sedona area has to offer with this incredible wine tasting day-tour. Travel north from Phoenix through the scenic Black Canyon Hills of the Sonoran Desert, and see the amazing desert plant-life and mountain scenery along the way. Next, admire the picture-perfect view from Bell Rock Vista before heading for the Chapel of the Holy Cross, Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, and then the rustic, old-west district of Uptown. After sight-seeing and admiring the stunning views of Sedona, you can select from a variety of world-class dining options to have an incredible lunch.  On your return to the Phoenix area, pay a visit to Verde Valley and stop for a wine tasting at the gorgeous Page Springs Cellars. Here, the helpful staff will guide you through a tasting of the unique wines this area is quickly becoming known for.

  • Phoenix & Scottsdale: Saguaro Lake Kayaking Tour

    7. Phoenix & Scottsdale: Saguaro Lake Kayaking Tour

    Paddle through gorgeous Saguaro Lake on a kayak with this guided desert tour. Enjoy hours on the water with your experienced guide, splashing, relaxing, and viewing unique wildlife. The lake is an indispensable oasis in the vast Sonoran Desert, attracting a multitude of birds and wildlife.   Kayaking in Arizona is a unique experience, which offers you the chance to see desert bighorn sheep and bald eagles. Take time to appreciate the surrounding mountain peaks, giant saguaro cactus, and flora, only found in this distinctive ecosystem. Your guides are always available to teach you the natural history of the area and give you expert paddling instruction. This tour is available for individuals and groups, and is perfect for paddlers of all experience levels.

  • From Scottsdale/Phoenix: Apache Trail Day Tour

    8. From Scottsdale/Phoenix: Apache Trail Day Tour

    Be collected in a luxurious SUV or van at 9:30 AM from your accommodation in Phoenix or Scottsdake. Travel into the heart of the Superstition Mountain Range and along the Apache Trail. A licensed tour guide will provide a useful narration throughout the day.  Make your first stop at the old gold mining ghost town of Goldfield located at the base of the neighboring Superstition Mountain range. Spend 45 minutes checking out the historic shops and see how it was in the Old West. Then, hit the Apache Trail and take in the amazing views of the Superstitions and the Sonoran Desert along the trail. Reach Canyon Lake for a 90-minute sightseeing journey on an old-fashioned sternwheeler steamboat across the lake. Upon return to the shore, travel down the road to one of the oldest stagecoach stops in the Southwest, which was the site of where a lot of gold was mined in the late 1800s known as Tor...

  • Scottsdale: Half-Day Sonoran Desert Hiking Tour

    9. Scottsdale: Half-Day Sonoran Desert Hiking Tour

    Enjoy a guided hiking trip designed to be more than a simple nature walk. This hike is accessible to a wide range of abilities so that individuals of modest fitness levels, as well as more active ones, will enjoy themselves. Traverse trails chosen not only for their scenic beauty but also accessibility, safety, and low volume of other visitors. Experience the unforgettable Sonoran Desert as you've never seen it before. Hike the Sonoran Preserve, where there are a variety of trails available. Marvel at the natural beauty of the desert while getting in a workout that is great for hikers of all levels of experience.

    My hiking guide was Mr. Denny and he was absolutely amazing! Throughout the hike he explained about different type of vegetation and their history. He always made sure that we stopped on a regular basis and I had some water so that I would not get the hydrated. And he was overall a very pleasant and nice man. The trail was perfect. Not too rocky or complicated especially since it was my first time.

  • Scottsdale: Camelback Mountain Private Hiking Tour

    10. Scottsdale: Camelback Mountain Private Hiking Tour

    Hike the iconic Camelback Mountain with a knowledgeable guide on this private tour. Challenge yourself with trails ascending 1,420 feet to a summit resembling the hump of a camel's back. Be rewarded with 360-degree views of the surrounding city. This is a very tough hike and is not for beginner hikers, those who are not in good hiking shape, or young children. Part of the Phoenix Mountains Preserve, Camelback gets its name from its two rock formations that resemble the head and back of a kneeling camel. This hike takes 2.5 to 3 hours to get to the summit and return to the parking lot. The views are breathtaking and serve as a great opportunity for a photo op. Choose either to get picked up from your location in the Phoenix or Scottsdale area, or meet your guide at the trailhead. The transportation option is available for groups of 6 or more.

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What people are saying about Scottsdale

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 16 reviews

Our van driver was Bruce, and he was awesome! He took us to several different spots at the Grand Canyon that all took our breath away. He was fun and taught us lots! We almost drove ourselves to the Grand Canyon, and are SO glad we left it to an expert. It was a once I n a lifetime experience.

Our guide was very knowledgeable about the area we drove through on our way and about the Grand Canyon. Highly recommend this tour if you are only able to spend a day at the Grand Canyon

fast easy to reserve and a wild ride. it was a great adventure and enjoyed it a lot. TJ and Rob where are guides and did a great job.

Bruce was a great guide. He made the ride pleasant and he was very knowledgeable.

Your guide very informative, great customer service