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Our most recommended Glendale Day Trips

Phoenix: Guided Self-Drive ATV/UTV Tour

1. Phoenix: Guided Self-Drive ATV/UTV Tour

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.  You’ll be accompanied by a certified guide with a vast knowledge of the plant life, wildlife, history and climate of the area. You can hear stories about the Native Americans who once farmed, hunted, survived and evolved in this unforgiving desert.

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From Phoenix: Apache Trail Tour with Canyon Lake Cruise

2. From 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.

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Sonoran Desert Off-Road Tours in Tomcars

3. Sonoran Desert Off-Road Tours in Tomcars

Discover the Sonoran Desert on this Tomcar off-road driving tour. Tours begin in New River at the Road Runner Restaurant and Saloon, an authentic western Saloon. Cowboys and locals offer you a real window into their unique culture. All tours are lead by knowledgable local guides with know-how of the history, culture, and animal and plant life that inhabit this amazing desert. The Sonoran Desert has surprising natural diversity, boasting 60 mammal, 350 bird, 20 amphibian, over 100 reptile, 30 native fish, over 1,000 native bee, and more than 2,000 native plant species. With your tour guide leading the way, and with you in the driver's seat, experience the Sonoran Desert up close where you may see javalinas, desert mule deer, coyotes, and rattlesnakes - to name a few. We will also lead you to some of the following attractions: our desert oasis, the old Indian Ruins, a river crossing (when there is running water), a rare fresh water spring, and a spot with gorgeous 360 degree mountain vista views. Come out on a tour and see the desert's true beauty.

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What people are saying about Glendale

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 2 reviews

Had to wait longer than we should have to get out there but once we did it was so much fun and beautiful to see the desert. First time in Phoenix. Thank you

Our tour guide Brandi was awesome! She was experienced and safety minded. She was enthusiastic during the entire trip. Would definately go again.

Amazing experience. Definitely do not recommend for a first time ATV experience since the trail is advanced! So much fun driving in the desert

What a great adventure ! Very extreme terrain challenged us beginners. Gorgeous views at every turn. Thanks for an amazing day.

So much fun!! Wish I could have stayed longer! Definitely recommend and will go back!