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Our most recommended Scottsdale Outdoor Activities

Phoenix: Hot Air Balloon Flight

1. Phoenix: Hot Air Balloon Flight

The experience begins even before you rise into the sky. Help our crew inflate the balloon for a real "hands on" adventure, or just relax and take a few pictures as the gentle giant comes alive. Once you gain altitude, enjoy vistas you have to see to believe as you float over the Arizona landscape. Phoenix lies beneath you while desert stretches to the distant mountains. The pilots are FAA-licensed and experienced in navigating with your safety and enjoyment in mind. Your pilot will also answer questions and identify points of interest during your 1-hour flight. A chase crew will follow on the ground and meet you at the landing site. From there a van takes you back to the launch site. Upon your return, enjoy a celebratory toast to cap your unique airborne adventure. You'll also be presented with a flight certificate. With the ground travel and other activities, plan to spend up to 3.5 hours with us in total.

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Phoenix & Scottsdale: Lower Salt River Kayaking Tour

2. Phoenix & Scottsdale: Lower Salt River Kayaking Tour

Experience the adventure of a lifetime in a desert oasis as you take a guided kayak tour through Salt River. This lush stretch of water is only a short drive from Phoenix. Spend your morning paddling along green riverbanks, and marvel at towering red cliffs. Don't forget to look for wild horses, bald eagles, and other desert wildlife along the way. Avoid crowds and take advantage of all the natural beauty the river has to offer. Enjoy a swim in the cool waters, and see the desert as you've never seen it before. This unique experience is perfect for all skill levels, and for groups, individuals, and families.

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From Scottsdale: Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend Day Tour

3. From Scottsdale: Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend Day Tour

At 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 SUV or Van. Along the way, your guide will tell you about a number of interesting sites and the history of the state of Arizona. Make a pit stop in Cameron, the most popular Native American trading post in Arizona. Here you can browse the Native American arts and crafts for 30 minutes. Then, venture on to Page. Upon arrival, eat a quick lunch before making your way to the Antelope Canyon. Tour the impressive Antelope Canyon for over 1-hour. Then, head to Horseshoe Bend, to see one of the most spectacular views. Spend roughly 45 minutes at the viewpoint, before departing for your hotel. Arrive back at your hotel at approximately 7 PM.

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Sonoran Desert: Guided 2-Hour ATV Tour

4. Sonoran Desert: Guided 2-Hour ATV Tour

After driving to the trail meeting point in the Tonto National Forest, hop aboard an ATV and set off on a guided excursion through the majestic Sonoran Desert. Discover the abundant flora and fauna inhabiting the Forest. Experience the thrill of navigating through seasonal creeks, sandy washes, rocky riverbeds, and rugged desert trails as your guide leads you across 25 to 30 miles of desert trails. While steering your fully automatic ATV through the Arizona wilderness, you will encounter this forbidden frontier which has remained largely untouched over time.

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Scottsdale: Half-Day Sonoran Desert Hiking Tour

5. 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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Scottsdale: Half-Day Casual Bike Tour with Guide

6. Scottsdale: Half-Day Casual Bike Tour with Guide

Avoid the busy public transport system and take advantage of the glorious sunshine as you explore the beautiful city of Scottsdale by bike. Using an expertly maintained rental bike fleet, consisting of multi-geared touring bicycles, the tour takes you along paved bike paths, roads, canals, and the occasional hard dirt surface. In the early part of the day, ride through the lush arroyos of Scottsdale, where wildlife is abundant. Look out for desert cottontail rabbits as they hop away into the underbrush, and see if you can spot a quail crossing the path. From your knowledgeable local guide, learn about the region’s native flora and fauna, as well as the animals that live here. Follow your guide along a carefully mapped route that ensure you see the very best of the city, and enjoy it’s breathtaking natural landscapes along the way.

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Phoenix & Scottsdale: Saguaro Lake Kayaking Tour

7. Phoenix & Scottsdale: Saguaro Lake Kayaking Tour

Paddle through gorgeous Saguaro Lake on a kayak with this guided desert tour. Enjoy hours on the water with your experienced guide, splashing, relaxing, and viewing unique wildlife. The lake is an indispensable oasis in the vast Sonoran Desert, attracting a multitude of birds and wildlife.   Kayaking in Arizona is a unique experience, which offers you the chance to see desert bighorn sheep and bald eagles. Take time to appreciate the surrounding mountain peaks, giant saguaro cactus, and flora, only found in this distinctive ecosystem. Your guides are always available to teach you the natural history of the area and give you expert paddling instruction. This tour is available for individuals and groups, and is perfect for paddlers of all experience levels.

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Sonoran Desert: Guided 2-Hour UTV Adventure

8. Sonoran Desert: Guided 2-Hour UTV Adventure

Hop in, buckle up, turn the switch, and hit the trail in the toughest vehicle the Sonoran Desert has ever seen. The 4-seat UTV can be filled to capacity and can still climb trails, crawl boulders, and zip all over the desert without breaking a sweat. Whether you're craving adventure or simply want to enjoy some sightseeing at your own pace, this UTV is dialed in to deliver. With electric power steering, a thrilling V-Twin engine, and towing capacity to take everything with you, this exhilarating drive handles like a dream. 

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From Scottsdale/Phoenix: Apache Trail Day Tour

9. 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

10. 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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What people are saying about Scottsdale

We had an amazing hot air balloon ride with Rainbow Riders! The staff was very friendly and very well organized. It was very interesting to watch them setting up the hot air balloon. Our captain Brook did a great job flying the hot air balloon and shared a lot of interesting information about the area we were flying in. The view was awesome as well! At the end we celebrated our safe flight with some Champaign and mimosa, and what’s a better way to start your day right? Overall great experience and would absolutely recommend it!

The ride was amazing, the crew were pleasant and accommodating , the amount of passengers a bit much! 12 riders and the pilot In a small basket Packed shoulder to shoulder , Pre Covid I wouldn’t have thought much about it but current Conditions are different. Otherwise I highly recommend it as an adventure

I was a tad hesitant because I am scared of heights, but I am SOOO glad I did it! This was such a fun experience and if you book definitely make sure Kyle is your guide. He is hilarious!

We had a blast!! It was a different way to experience and see the desert and cacti. We would highly recommend an ATV Tour and look forward to doing it again next year!!

Great activity and great staff!! Would do it again!