Phoenix Metropolitan Area
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Scottsdale: Half-Day Desert Discovery Eco-Tour in a Tesla

1. Scottsdale: Half-Day Desert Discovery Eco-Tour in a Tesla

Start the day with pickup at your hotel or residence in a luxury, eco-friendly Tesla Model X SUV. First, take short hike through a desert canyon at the beloved Lake Pleasant regional park. Enjoy the scenic views and even have the opportunity to splash in the water. Next, drive along the famous Desert Foothills Scenic Drive. See craggy tors, remnants of ancient granite batholiths. Enjoy plenty of opportunities to photograph stands of the world-famous Saguaro Cactus. After the scenic drive, arrive at "Water to Water" by artists Christine Tanz and Paul Edwards. This piece of public art explores how Scottsdale has harnessed water and used it to build a thriving city. Visit the Scottsdale Xeriscape Garden, a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat, and learn about water conservation and nature appreciation. Lastly, explore the epic waterfalls at Arizona Falls, a recommissioned hydroelectric power plant from the early 1900s. Here you will learn the science of water delivery and power production that takes place in Arizona, before being returned to your pickup point.

From Scottsdale: Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend Day Tour

2. 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.

Scottsdale: Half-Day Sonoran Desert Hiking Tour

3. 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.

Phoenix: Sonoran Desert Guided Hiking Adventure

4. 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.

From Scottsdale/Phoenix: Apache Trail Day Tour

5. 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.

Scottsdale: Camelback Mountain Private Hiking Tour

6. 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

7. 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. We will then finish the tour out by making the hike back up the Agua Fria River canyon.

From Phoenix/Scottsdale: Sedona Hiking & Wine Tasting Tour

8. From Phoenix/Scottsdale: Sedona Hiking & Wine Tasting Tour

Enjoy a full-day private excursion and see Sedona from all the best vantage points. Start the day off with a morning pickup from your hotel in Phoenix or Scottsdale and a comfortable transfer to Sedona. Embark on a 1.5 - 2 hour hike in the scenic Sedona countryside, making your way through the beautiful Red Rocks. Stop for lunch at one of Sedona's finest restaurants for a memorable dining experience. Continue to 2 premier vineyards in Page Springs for an unforgettable wine tasting experience and a full wine tour at each vineyard. At the end of the day, arrive back at your hotel in Phoenix or Scottsdale.

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Having never hiked in the Southwest before, my hubby & I opted for a guided hike. Linda did a great job setting a comfortable pace and sharing her deep knowledge of the desert plants, animals and culture. The views were amazing and we walked away with so much more info than we would have had self-guided. I highly recommend this tour and wish we had more time for a second tour through this operator (REI). Thank you!!

We really enjoyed the Tesla experience. My boys love nice cars. We had a beautiful day for a fantastic tour. Micheal was very knowledgeable, pleasant and accommodating. It was well worth it.

Kimberly is the best guide! We had such an amazing time on this tour. Kimberly provided amazing info, was fun to talk to, and made us feel comfortable and safe.

Weather was great! Our guides were very knowledgeable and fun!

great hike. Matt was very informative. definitely recommend