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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.

Grand Canyon Day Tour from Phoenix, Scottsdale & Tempe

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

Experience the Grand Canyon National Park during this guided tour. Explore the canyon rim with its panoramic views and visit Route 66 with your guide. Start your tour at Route 66. Experience the historic highway in the town of Williams, the last town passed by I-40. As you explore this famous location, you have the opportunity to purchase lunch in Williams or Grand Canyon. Spend approximately 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. Visit the South Rim and take in the dramatic views — ideal for photographers. Stop into the shop or enjoy your lunch and relax with the best seat in the house.

From Phoenix: Full-Day Sedona Small-Group Tour

3. From Phoenix: Full-Day Sedona Small-Group Tour

This Sedona full-day tour gives you a chance to explore the rich culture and history of the area's ancient Native American civilizations. Travel in a 9 or 13-seat vehicle on this small-group tour and enjoy a more personalized experience. The tour features one of two Sinagua Indian ruins that existed along a busy trade route over 1,000 years ago. You'll also have 2 exploration options - either the ruins at Tuzigoot National Monument or Montezuma Castle National Monument. While in Sedona you'll have approximately 2-3 hours to explore on foot, visit galleries and shops, or get a psychic reading. Helicopter or jeep tours are also available. Guests will be guided to unique photo spots and your guide will help you choose from an extensive list of scenic options, including The Chapel Of The Holy Cross, Bell Rock Vortex, Oak Creek Canyon, and Airport Mesa.

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.

Off-Road Segway Tour: Scottsdale, Fort McDowell

5. 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 bald eagles and wild horses. Please dress in layers with closed-toe shoes. Includes Cone Zone safety training and the best Segway guides in The West.

Scottsdale: Half-Day Sonoran Desert Hiking Tour

6. 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.

From Metro Phoenix: Sedona Day Trip w/ Optional Wine Tasting

7. From Metro Phoenix: Sedona Day Trip w/ Optional Wine Tasting

Combine the best of all the Sedona area has to offer with this sightseeing 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. Upon arrival to the Sedona area, admire the picture-perfect view of Bell Rock Vista from the Chapel of the Holy Cross, visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, and then the rustic, old-west shopping district of Uptown. Uptown also is home to many wonderful lunch options. This tour has a flexible itinerary, and booking early will allow you to choose the options that your group prefers to include. Sedona has a multitude of options, so spend the day exploring your way.

From Phoenix or Scottsdale: Horseback Riding & Sedona Tour

8. From Phoenix or Scottsdale: Horseback Riding & Sedona Tour

Join this private full-day horseback riding and outdoor adventure excursion and see the best views of Sedona. Begin with a sightseeing horseback ride in the Dead Horse Ranch State Park followed by lunch and a scenic Sedona day tour. Start with an early pickup from your accommodation in Phoenix or Scottsdale. Arrive at the ranch around and prepare yourself for a horseback ride through the Verde Valley with stunning views of Sedona. After the ride, head to Sedona for a delicious lunch at one of Sedona's finest restaurants for an unforgettable dining experience, followed by a world-class outdoor adventure and guided tour of Sedona and the surrounding areas. End the experience with a transfer back to your accommodation.

Phoenix: Sonoran Desert Guided Hiking Adventure

9. Phoenix: Sonoran Desert Guided Hiking Adventure

Meet your local guide at the trailhead and begin your adventure along a scenic route through a protected region of the Sonoran Desert. During the course of your hike, discover unique geological features, as well as native flora and fauna that are unique to the area. Experience the incredible mountains up close and personal. Ascend the switchbacks for incredible views of the Valley of the Sun, Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Camelback Mountain. Hike to a mountain saddle for a perfect view of Piestawa Peak and the surrounding desert mountain range. See the Sonoran Desert stretch out for more than 40 miles to the west.

Scottsdale: Half-Day Sonoran Desert Mountain Bike Tour

10. Scottsdale: Half-Day Sonoran Desert Mountain Bike Tour

Savor the trails, flora, and views that are located in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area, nicknamed the "ride center" by the International Mountain Biking association. Take in breathtaking views of the rugged terrain of the Sonoran Desert with an expert guide. Your expert local mountain biking guides will help to make your tour an outstanding experience while you pedal along the trail best suited to you, whether gravel paths or serpentine single-track, all offering sweeping views of the surrounding Arizona mountains and desert landscape.

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What people are saying about Phoenix

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 5 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.

Had an amazing experience filled with awesome moments and in-depth knowledge about Grand Canyon and Arizona in general! Hats off to Malcolm, our travel guide!

Amazing tour of the Sedona area with an amazing guide, Travis, who let us enjoy the time e gives us a lot of insights about the area, restaurants, what to see

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

Great trip, well organized. A huge thanks to our guide Diane!!!