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Phoenix: Hot Air Balloon Flight

1. Phoenix: Hot Air Balloon Flight

The experience begins even before you rise into the sky. Help our crew inflate the balloon for a real "hands on" adventure, or just relax and take a few pictures as the gentle giant comes alive. Once you gain altitude, enjoy vistas you have to see to believe as you float over the Arizona landscape. Phoenix lies beneath you while desert stretches to the distant mountains. The pilots are FAA-licensed and experienced in navigating with your safety and enjoyment in mind. Your pilot will also answer questions and identify points of interest during your 1-hour flight. A chase crew will follow on the ground and meet you at the landing site. From there a van takes you back to the launch site. Upon your return, enjoy a celebratory toast to cap your unique airborne adventure. You'll also be presented with a flight certificate. With the ground travel and other activities, plan to spend up to 3.5 hours with us in total.

Metro Phoenix: Apache Trail Tour with Canyon Lake Cruise

2. Metro Phoenix: Apache Trail Tour with Canyon Lake Cruise

With daily departures and convenient pick-up points from most Phoenix metro area hotels, this is the tour to take for a journey to Apache country. You will experience the true spirit of the Sonoran Desert on a full day’s outing. Once you’ve met your guide at your hotel, depart for a drive east in to the Superstition Mountains. You will wind through spectacular Sonoran Desert landscape on the way to Canyon Lake. Before you get there, rest at Goldfield Ghost Town, a fun and fascinating replica of an 1890s mining town. Admission is free, but there are some extras that you might want to enjoy, such as a ride on Arizona’s only narrow gauge train as it circuits the town perimeter. Pan for gold or watch an old West gun fight if you get the chance, or simply stroll and explore the historic buildings and stores. Next you will travel to Tortilla Flat, an authentic remnant of an old West town that is tucked in to the heart of the Tonto National Forest. Here you can grab some lunch and check out who is hanging out at the Ice Cream Parlor. Seat yourself on a bar stool made from real saddles in the Superstition Saloon. The tour continues to Canyon Lake for a 90-minute narrated steamboat cruise. Located at a convenient rest point on the Apache Trail, you will discover fascinating facts about the historic stagecoach route as you watch for the unique wildlife. As you pass through canyons and marvel at rock formations, look out for bald eagles, blue herons, big horn sheep and turkey vultures. Sit back and relax on this leisurely section of the tour. You will soon be heading back through the desert for the return drive to Phoenix.

From Phoenix: Apache Trail & Dolly Steamboat Day Trip

3. 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.

Sonoran Desert: Guided 2-Hour UTV Adventure

4. Sonoran Desert: Guided 2-Hour UTV Adventure

Hop in, buckle up, turn the switch, and hit the trail in the toughest vehicle the Sonoran Desert has ever seen. The 4-seat UTV can be filled to capacity and can still climb trails, crawl boulders, and zip all over the desert without breaking a sweat. Whether you're craving adventure or simply want to enjoy some sightseeing at your own pace, this UTV is dialed in to deliver. With electric power steering, a thrilling V-Twin engine, and towing capacity to take everything with you, this exhilarating drive handles like a dream. 

From Scottsdale: Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend Day Tour

5. From Scottsdale: Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend Day Tour

Around 6 AM get picked up from your hotel in Phoenix or Scottsdale to start the 4-hour journey to Page, Arizona. Be driven in the comfort of a luxury van. Along the way, your guide will tell you about a number of interesting sites and the history of the state of Arizona. Upon arrival in Page, AZ we will head to Antelope Canyon. There you will gaze upon the wonder of the slot canyons and their amazing colors and formations. Here a navajo guide will be included and take your party in the canyon. (Tour ticket covered in price). Tour lasts for 1-1.25 hours. We will then eat a full lunch that is included in the admission price. Then we head to Horseshoe Bend. This view is bar none the best in AZ! Here this is a self guided hike that is 1.25 miles RT. Admission to this attraction is included in price and duration is 80 minutes. Note: temperatures can reach 90+ degrees in the summer time and 30+ degrees in the winter so dress accordingly. Also pickup time can fluctuate between 6am-9am depending on season and tour times given. Guests staying in certain regions of the valley can expect longer tour times because of pickup and dropoff location.

From Scottsdale/Phoenix: Apache Trail Day Tour

6. 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 Tortilla Flat. Learn about how the general store has been owned by the same family for generations. After exploring the area, find a good spot to enjoy local novelties and lunch. Lastly, stop by the Lost Dutchman Museum so you can polish your knowledge of this famous area. Return to your accommodation around 5 PM.

From Scottsdale/Phoenix: Verde Valley Day Tour

7. From Scottsdale/Phoenix: Verde Valley Day Tour

Get picked up at 8 AM from your hotel in Scottsdale or Phoenix. From there, drive to Montezuma Castle in a private SUV or Van. Detailed narration of all the historical sites and areas along the way will be provided. Spend roughly 40 minutes walking around the Native American monument. From here, go to another prevalent Native American monument, Tuzigoot. Spend about 30 minutes exploring this great wonder. Continue to the historical mining town of Jerome. Here you will have time to discover this great town in Arizona for approximately 1 hour. Then, head to Sedona to have lunch in the uptown area. After lunch, enjoy time to walk around the downtown area of Sedona for 1 more hour. Hit some great red rock photo stops on the way out of town. Finally, be driven back to your hotel, where you will be dropped off around 6 PM.

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What people are saying about Scottsdale

Super fun experience! Six of us went so each couple had our own UTV. Devo our guide was awesome. He would explain what’s ahead on each of the trails and gave us the opportunity to switch drivers and switch up the order of the UTVs so we all took turns eating each other’s dust. LOL. He also took lots of pictures for us. The dessert and 4 Peaks Mountain were absolutely spectacular. Highly recommend and well worth the money.

Even though it was raining pretty hard, Frank did an excellent job of staying ahead of the rain and getting us outside. He showed us native Arizona cacti and other plants. We then went on the Dolly for a trip around Canyon Lake. It was awesome even in the rain. Finally we stopped at a wonderful restaurant in Tortilla Flats that had prickly pear lemonade and prickly pear ice cream! Just a wonderful day.

This was a great tour! Our guide, Zane was knowledgeable, funny, picked us up at our location “on time” and he was a good driver! He truly made this excursion a memorable event. The Lost Dutchman Park was beautiful, and the stories we heard about it were interesting. The steamboat ride was wonderful! We highly recommend this tour.

We loved every moment of our activities. The nature walk, the boat ride and tortilla flat for lunch and shopping. Our guide Frank was wonderful. He was knowledgeable, friendly and just a good hearted person. I would recommend this tour. We got our monies worth for sure.

Our guide Frank was great explaining about Phoenix's natural habitat and the different tribes while going to this Apache Trail & steamboat excursion. It was beautiful & relaxing. Happy I picked this. Enjoy!