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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.

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Scottsdale: Half-Day Sonoran Desert Hiking Tour

2. 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.

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From Scottsdale/Phoenix: Apache Trail Day Tour

3. 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.

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Apache Trail Full Day Small Group Tour

4. Apache Trail Full Day Small Group Tour

Enjoy the scenic drive down Arizona's first designated "Historic Highway" and scenic byway. This breathtaking road got its start as an Indian route and eventually became the supply route for one of the first reclamation projects in the U.S. It is now a system of four desert lakes, the largest being formed by Roosevelt Dam at the end of the trail. Travel in a 9 or 13-seat vehicle on this small group tour and enjoy a more personalized experience. This 8 hour tour showcases Canyon Lake, where you'll enjoy a 90 minute Dolly Steamboat Cruise. Next, hold on to your hat as you slowly wind up (or down) Fish Creek hill for a casual, guided walk and an unforgettable view of the Superstition Mountain Wilderness. Then, it's on to colorful Tortilla Flat and the ghost town of Goldfield where you’ll get picture perfect glimpses into Arizona's rambunctious past.

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From Phoenix/Scottsdale: Sedona Hiking & Wine Tasting Tour

5. 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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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.

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What people are saying about Scottsdale

Nice day. Good guide/driver. The tour was well paced with many stops. Enjoyed the scenery throughout the drive as well as scenic walks. It was a very picturesque time of year (early May) and pleasant temps. My personal favorite stop was Tortilla Flat. Great little 'old west' stop. The boat ride on Canyon Lake was so peaceful and relaxing. And last, the time at the Ghost/Mining town was a fun finish to the day. All and all a good day!

My hiking guide was Mr. Denny and he was absolutely amazing! Throughout the hike he explained about different type of vegetation and their history. He always made sure that we stopped on a regular basis and I had some water so that I would not get the hydrated. And he was overall a very pleasant and nice man. The trail was perfect. Not too rocky or complicated especially since it was my first time.

Encompassing

This was great for a first time visitor to Arizona. There is so much to see and it was handled in a very relaxed, thorough way. Guide was great.

A very interesting and wonderful ride!

We were told and shown a lot of interesting things about the history and botany of the area.

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