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Scottsdale: Half-Day Lower Salt River Rafting Tour

1. Scottsdale: Half-Day Lower Salt River Rafting Tour

Cool off and explore the beautiful Sonoran Desert with a guided Salt River rafting trip on the Lower Salt River in the Tonto National Forest. Arrive at 7:30 AM at the local supplier's office in North Scottdale, then travel 35 minutes to the start point just outside the eastern metro area. Get kitted out with all necessary equipment then head out onto the water.  The Salt River is a scenic, Class I (the easiest rating on the international scale of river difficulty) waterway which provides some of the best wildlife and bird watching opportunities in the Southwest. The water flow on the river varies seasonally, based on this your guide will choose from a number of put‐in/take‐out locations in order to ensure guests have the best river rafting experience. Whilst light paddling is required, your experienced rafting guide will do most of the work, so you can sit back and enjoy the view. Water temperatures are in the 60s in the winter and rise to low 80s in the summer months. Swimming is possible year‐round, but the water may be chilly in January. Tours typically last about 4 hours and water and snacks will be provided for the duration of the tour.

Scottsdale: Tonto National Forest Off-Road H1 Hummer Tour

2. Scottsdale: Tonto National Forest Off-Road H1 Hummer Tour

Explore one of Arizona’s most picturesque trails on an off-road H1 Hummer excursion. The trail winds through the heart of the Tonto National Forest and Arizona’s most beautiful mountain ranges: the 4 Peaks and the Superstition Mountains. Enjoy beautiful views of Saguaro Lake and learn about the flora and fauna of this majestic landscape. Experience the thrill as the Hummer conquers the rugged desert terrain. If you crave excitement you’ll be sure to feel the rush of adrenalin as the H1 climbs 60-degree slopes, traverses 40-degree side slopes, and fords up to 2.5 feet of water. Even with all the thrills, this is a family friendly excursion that is suitable for all ages.

Phoenix & Scottsdale: Lower Salt River Kayaking Tour

3. Phoenix & Scottsdale: Lower Salt River Kayaking Tour

Experience the adventure of a lifetime in a desert oasis as you take a guided kayak tour through Salt River. This lush stretch of water is only a short drive from Phoenix. Spend your morning paddling along green riverbanks, and marvel at towering red cliffs. Don't forget to look for wild horses, bald eagles, and other desert wildlife along the way. Avoid crowds and take advantage of all the natural beauty the river has to offer. Enjoy a swim in the cool waters, and see the desert as you've never seen it before. This unique experience is perfect for all skill levels, and for groups, individuals, and families.

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. 

Scottsdale: Half-Day Casual Bike Tour with Guide

5. Scottsdale: Half-Day Casual Bike Tour with Guide

Avoid the busy public transport system and take advantage of the glorious sunshine as you explore the beautiful city of Scottsdale by bike. Using an expertly maintained rental bike fleet, consisting of multi-geared touring bicycles, the tour takes you along paved bike paths, roads, canals, and the occasional hard dirt surface. In the early part of the day, ride through the lush arroyos of Scottsdale, where wildlife is abundant. Look out for desert cottontail rabbits as they hop away into the underbrush, and see if you can spot a quail crossing the path. From your knowledgeable local guide, learn about the region’s native flora and fauna, as well as the animals that live here. Follow your guide along a carefully mapped route that ensure you see the very best of the city, and enjoy it’s breathtaking natural landscapes along the way.

Phoenix & Scottsdale: Saguaro Lake Kayaking Tour

6. 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.

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What people are saying about Scottsdale

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 4 reviews

Super fun, best time is for the drivers! Next time I would split the four of us into two cars instead of one. (Only one opportunity to switch drivers). Or go for the individual quads. (But the. Again some people don’t like/want to drive so this 4 rider vehicle would be perfect) I recommend bringing your own buff/mask. They provide one but ….. ha ha ! I also have bad dust allergies and this is a dust bowl adventure !! So I brought my own mask to wear under the head/face protector they provide and it helped reduce how much dust I inhaled The guides are amazing, we had TYLER, what a joy he is! He lives his job and Brad Johnson, owner is colorful personality, hard worker and great business vision for the company.

We had a wonderful time kayaking. The guides were knowledgeable, and did an outstanding job. The drive to the river & setting things up was seamless. Highly recommend this tour.

So much fun! Barry and JJ were awesome! I would definitely recommend this and already have!

Great experience for an adventurous bachelorette group like us! Highly recommend.

Was absolutely awesome as my first time experience!