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Tucson: 4-Hour Guided Tour of Mount Lemmon

1. Tucson: 4-Hour Guided Tour of Mount Lemmon

Take the scenic route up Mount Lemmon on a guided tour and admire the rugged landscape as you ride. Stop at the most beautiful spots along the way and soak in the breathtaking views around you. With your experienced guide, travel to the most spectacular viewing points at Mount Lemmon. Climb impressive rock formations at Wendy's Point and enjoy panoramic views over Tucson and the valley below. Continue to Ski Valley with its stunning hiking trails. Arrive at the summit with an elevation of 9,159 feet and enjoy views from the highest point in the Santa Catalina Mountains. Located in the Coronado National Forest north of Tucson, get a bird's eye view of Tucson at a cooler temperature to truly appreciate your surroundings. Stop at the quaint town of Summer Haven and enjoy free time to explore the local shops.

Box Canyon and Pinal Mountains Half-Day ATV Tour

2. Box Canyon and Pinal Mountains Half-Day ATV Tour

Explore the extreme northeast corner of Florence, Arizona on board a thrilling Terrain Vehicle (ATV). Located halfway between Tucson and Phoenix, the Box Canyon and Pinal Mountains make for an ideal day out from both cities. The dirt trail that will set your blood racing is about 30 miles long, and you will have 3.25 hours to play. Once your guide has equipped you with all necessary safety equipment, you received a short training, and you are comfortable with your 4-wheel bike, head off along dirt trails that twist and turn and bump up and down the Pinal Mountains. Climb up and over the front range of the mountains while your guide points out Indian petroglyphs left behind by the ancient Native Americans. Another point of interest is an old adobe building that served as a way station for the Butterfield Overland Stage Coach Company during the 1860s. For a short time, it also serviced the Pony Express on what was known as the "Butterfield Route." The real highlight of the tour is Box Canyon. You'll be in the canyon for about 6 miles. Get set for the drama of the middle 3 miles, a slot canyon with walls only about 10-20 feet apart and 900 feet high on both sides!

From Phoenix: Tombstone and Bisbee Day Tour

3. From Phoenix: Tombstone and Bisbee Day Tour

Start your tour with a scenic 3-hour drive to the town of Tombstone. Learn about the region from your knowledgeable guide as you relax in a luxury vehicle. Stop to admire beautiful views of Saguaro National Park and snap photos of the largest saguaro cactus field in the Southwest. Once in Tombstone, wander through the old town and check out the main street. After lunch, you’ll see a thrilling 30-minute staged gunfight. After around 2.5 hours exploring Tombstone, continue to the copper mining town of Bisbee. This scenic town is situated in the mountains and was once the largest copper mining community in America. Stroll the street to see restored and historic buildings and preserved copper workshops. Browse the local shops before heading back to your accommodation.

Scottsdale: Tonto National Forest Off-Road H1 Hummer Tour

4. 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.

Tucson: 3-Hour Urban Adventure Quest Scavenger Hunt

5. Tucson: 3-Hour Urban Adventure Quest Scavenger Hunt

Looking for a way to turn Tucson into a giant game board? Urban Adventure Quest has created an interactive scavenger hunt combined with a 3-hour sightseeing tour of Tucson. Guided from any smartphone, you and your team will make your way among well-known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. The scavenger hunt adventure begins in the heart of the city and takes you on a well-designed course to famous parks, cathedrals, historic hotels, theaters, and El Presidio. Using a smartphone as your guide makes it possible for you to start when you want and determine your own pace of play. Stop for a famous bacon-wrapped Sonoran dog or grab an ice cream. Offered at a fixed price for a team of up to 5 players versus per person pricing, this city Quest offers a great value to those on a budget. Note that the tour involves approximately 2 miles of walking.

Tombstone: 2-Hour Small Group Scavenger Hunt Game

6. Tombstone: 2-Hour Small Group Scavenger Hunt Game

Looking for a way to turn Tombstone into a giant game board?   Urban Adventure Quest has created an interactive scavenger hunt that combines the fun of the Amazing Race with a three-hour sightseeing tour of Tombstone with a wild-west theme.  Guided from any smart phone, groups make their way among well-known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history.  The scavenger hunt adventure begins in the heart of this famous western town and takes you on a well-designed course to historic saloons, theaters and of course, the O.K. Corral.  This mini Quest tour requires approximately 1 mile of walking.  Using a smart phone as “the guide” allows participants to start when they want and determine their own pace of play.  Stop to watch a shoot-out, or grab a refreshing sarsaparilla to wet your whistle and go at your own pace. Offered at a fixed price for a group vs. per person pricing, this city tour/game offers a great value to those on a budget. Quest Highlights Start: City Hall on Fremont St. End: Tombstone Court House Distance: 1.0 mile NikeFuel: 312 pts Time: 1.5 hours   Questions: 12 Bonus Qs: 2   Points of Interest: The Epitaph Bird Cage Theatre Big Nose Kate’s OK Corral Tombstone Court House

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I had a great time on my recent four hour Mount Lemmon tour. It way exceeded my expectations. Timothy, the tour guide and owner, has a true passion for Mount Lemmon and all it has to offer. He is very knowledgeable about the mountain and did a great narrative on the way up and down. He knew the answers to all my questions. I highly recommend this activity to everyone. People of all ages will enjoy it. Two thumbs up!

This was a great four hour trip up and down Mount Lemmon. My tour guide/owner was Timothy. He did an excellent job. Extremely knowledgeable about the mountain and the nuances associated with it. Very passionate about it as well. He was friendly and quite agreeable. I highly recommend this activity. Very educational. Two thumbs way up!

Was a great tour. Tim was very nice and he made 5 stops and highlighted to different area, the rock formations and the views. Highly recommend

Timothy is one of the most knowledgeable tour guides I have ever had. I absolutely loved the tour. Highly recommend!!!

It was an enjoyable tour. Timothy was friendly, informative, and made it fun.