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Phoenix: Sonoran Desert Guided Hiking Adventure

1. 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: Camelback Mountain Private Hiking Tour

2. 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.

From Phoenix: Gold Rush Guided Hiking and Gold Panning Tour

3. From Phoenix: Gold Rush Guided Hiking and Gold Panning Tour

Discover the Bradshaw Mountains on this hiking and gold panning tour. See the richest gold-filled mountain ranges in the entire country. Take a scenic and educational journey through rugged Arizona landscapes and try your luck at gold panning.  Pass by giant saguaro cacti and look for desert wildlife. Learn about local mining history and plant and animal life from your guide. Begin with a scenic and moderately difficult hike from the tour supplier's property down to the Agua Fria river. Once at the river, we will spend some time panning for gold and learning about the history of gold mining here in the Bradshaw Mountains. Finish the tour by making the hike back up the Agua Fria River canyon.

Twin Falls: Craters of the Moon Full-Day Tour with Lunch

4. Twin Falls: Craters of the Moon Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Discover the otherworldly landscapes of the Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve on a guided tour with entry tickets included. Check out this unique geological area, choose optional pickup, and enjoy lunch included in the price of the tour. Begin your adventure with a stop at the visitor center where you can learn about how the Apollo astronauts used this rugged terrain to prepare for their 1969 moon landing. Take a walk through the monoliths of the North Crater Flow, one of the monument's youngest lava flow areas. Stroll through Devils Orchard for a view of the strange features of this volcanic island and learn about the preservation efforts underway to save this delicate landscape. Hike up Inferno Cone for a bird's eye view of the fissures of the Great Rift and to see Big Cinder Butte, one of the world's largest known basaltic cinder cones. Walk up and admire 360-degree panoramic views of the surrounding volcanic landscape. Take a break for lunch at the cave before you venture into an ancient lava tube at Indian Tunnel. Dare to walk down into the largest tunnel in the park with collapsed portions that allow light to filter in. For added excitement, climb through to the top of its lava tunnel onto an ancient lava field.

Scottsdale: McDowell Sonoran Preserve Hiking Tour

5. Scottsdale: McDowell Sonoran Preserve Hiking Tour

Set your course for adventure with this guided hike of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Discover the beauty and vastness of the Sonoran Desert alongside a guide who will shed light on the area's Native American history and more. The guides tailor the hike to the group’s ability, but this tour is ranked at an easy to moderate level. Head off with two knowledgeable and professional guides that will provide insight into how Native Americans used the land. Hear about the history, geology, flora, and fauna that make this particular part of Arizona so special as you hike along. Capture some Instagram-worthy moments and experience some of Scottsdale’s most picturesque views.

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It was super relaxing (except the small hike back up) but beautiful!! We didn’t get but a glitter size gold (maybe) but I loved it!!!

great hike. Matt was very informative. definitely recommend