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From Scottsdale: Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend Day Tour

1. 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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From Phoenix or Scottsdale: Horseback Riding & Sedona Tour

2. From Phoenix or Scottsdale: Horseback Riding & Sedona Tour

Join this private full-day horseback riding and outdoor adventure excursion and see the best views of Sedona. Begin with a sightseeing horseback ride in the Dead Horse Ranch State Park followed by lunch and a scenic Sedona day tour. Start with an early pickup from your accommodation in Phoenix or Scottsdale. Arrive at the ranch around and prepare yourself for a horseback ride through the Verde Valley with stunning views of Sedona. After the ride, head to Sedona for a delicious lunch at one of Sedona's finest restaurants for an unforgettable dining experience, followed by a world-class outdoor adventure and guided tour of Sedona and the surrounding areas. End the experience with a transfer back to your accommodation.

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

3. 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

4. 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 Lower Salt River Rafting Tour

5. Scottsdale: Half-Day Lower Salt River Rafting Tour

Cool off and explore the beautiful Sonoran Desert with a guided Salt River rafting trip on the Lower Salt River in the Tonto National Forest. Arrive at 7:30 AM at the local supplier's office in North Scottdale, then travel 35 minutes to the start point just outside the eastern metro area. Get kitted out with all necessary equipment then head out onto the water.  The Salt River is a scenic, Class I (the easiest rating on the international scale of river difficulty) waterway which provides some of the best wildlife and bird watching opportunities in the Southwest. The water flow on the river varies seasonally, based on this your guide will choose from a number of put‐in/take‐out locations in order to ensure guests have the best river rafting experience. Whilst light paddling is required, your experienced rafting guide will do most of the work, so you can sit back and enjoy the view. Water temperatures are in the 60s in the winter and rise to low 80s in the summer months. Swimming is possible year‐round, but the water may be chilly in January. Tours typically last about 4 hours and water and snacks will be provided for the duration of the tour.

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Sonoran Desert: Guided 2-Hour UTV Adventure

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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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Scottsdale: Half-Day Sonoran Desert Mountain Bike Tour

9. Scottsdale: Half-Day Sonoran Desert Mountain Bike Tour

Savor the trails, flora, and views that are located in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area, nicknamed the "ride center" by the International Mountain Biking association. Take in breathtaking views of the rugged terrain of the Sonoran Desert with an expert guide. Your expert local mountain biking guides will help to make your tour an outstanding experience while you pedal along the trail best suited to you, whether gravel paths or serpentine single-track, all offering sweeping views of the surrounding Arizona mountains and desert landscape.

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From Phoenix/Scottsdale: Sedona Hiking & Wine Tasting Tour

10. 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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What people are saying about Scottsdale

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 1 reviews

Definitely exceeded my expectations! Weather was perfect (mid-October). Saw lots of wildlife, including wild horses at three different spots. Scenery is wonderful. Drinks and snacks were generously offered. Water was calm most of the way, a little rough in a couple spots but nothing crazy. One thing worth noting, I have a bad back and sitting on the edge of the raft was fairly painful for me. The guide was willing to stop at a couple spots for me to get a break which I really appreciated. Would definitely recommend and would probably do the same trip again.

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.

Excellent guide Owen. Very knowledge and enjoys working with people! Saw loads of wildlife and enjoyed a lovely float down the Salt River

Excellent trip with an awesome guide! She was both knowledgeable and fun. We learned a lot and really enjoyed the rafting trip!

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