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Our most recommended Scottsdale Safaris & Wildlife Activities

Phoenix: Guided Self-Drive ATV/UTV Tour

1. Phoenix: Guided Self-Drive ATV/UTV Tour

Enjoy an exciting day in the famous Sonoran desert, off-roading in your single-passenger or 4-person ATV on some of the best trails in the stunning Bradshaw Mountains, located just north of Phoenix. Travel through giant Saguaro cacti, deep canyons carved by flash flooding rains, and cross the Aqua Fria River to experience the wild and vast desert terrain. Our tours create a scenic and educational journey amid some of the most rugged landscapes Arizona has to offer, with opportunities to see abundant desert wildlife such as coyotes, bobcats, deer, rabbits, quail and even rattlesnakes. The guided ATV tour begins approximately 45 minutes north of Phoenix in the Sonoran desert near the Agua Fria River Valley. This area, amidst the beautiful Bradshaw Mountains, is perfect for off-roading. There are creek crossings and places for wash riding, as well as gorgeous views of the Arizona landscape.  You’ll be accompanied by a certified guide with a vast knowledge of the plant life, wildlife, history and climate of the area. You can hear stories about the Native Americans who once farmed, hunted, survived and evolved in this unforgiving desert.

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Grand Canyon Day Tour from Phoenix, Scottsdale & Tempe

2. Grand Canyon Day Tour from Phoenix, Scottsdale & Tempe

Experience the Grand Canyon National Park during this guided tour. Explore the canyon rim with its panoramic views and visit Route 66 with your guide. Start your tour at Route 66. Experience the historic highway in the town of Williams, the last town passed by I-40. As you explore this famous location, you have the opportunity to purchase lunch in Williams or Grand Canyon. Spend approximately 3 hours within the National Park marveling at the beauty that is the Grand Canyon. Don’t forget to visit the historic El Tovar Lodge and Hopi House in Grand Canyon Village. Visit the South Rim and take in the dramatic views — ideal for photographers. Stop into the shop or enjoy your lunch and relax with the best seat in the house.

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Off-Road Segway Tour: Scottsdale, Fort McDowell

3. Off-Road Segway Tour: Scottsdale, Fort McDowell

Experience Arizona in this off-road Segway Tour in the Sonoran Desert; the most exciting adventure in the Scottsdale Area! Warm temperatures, blue skies, and breath-taking scenery create the most perfect oasis; you will be so glad you came out. Your tour operates by special permit on the Fort McDowell Native American Reservation and takes place off the beaten path on beautiful desert trails located near the Verde River at the base of Four Peaks Mountain. The Segway is perfect for the terrain and relaxed atmosphere of the Sonoran Desert. It allows you to experience the desert first-hand and offers the best wind-in-your-hair adventure to share with your friends and family. It is an experience that you will remember forever. Your guide will provide you with information about the Yavapai Nation, as well as the unique flora and fauna you are seeing; everything from the great saguaros to bald eagles and wild horses. Please dress in layers with closed-toe shoes. Includes Cone Zone safety training and the best Segway guides in The West.

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Phoenix & Scottsdale: Lower Salt River Kayaking Tour

4. 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 Phoenix: Apache Trail & Dolly Steamboat Day Trip

5. From Phoenix: Apache Trail & Dolly Steamboat Day Trip

Come join us on an adventurous tour along the Apache Trail and into the Sonora desert, then take a cruise on Dolly Steamboat through Canyon Lake. Driving into the Superstition Mountains, you will visit Tortilla Flat, a quaint Arizona town with a population of 6! Next, relax on a 90-minute cruise over picturesque Canyon Lake, with its magnificent desert surroundings. Don't forget your camera, as this is the ideal platform from which to snap postcard-perfect landscape photos. Your guide will then lead you into the desert for an explanation of the local flora, including the majestic Saguaro cactus and Arizona's state tree, the Palo Verde.

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Sonoran Desert: Guided 2-Hour ATV Tour

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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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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Phoenix & Scottsdale: Saguaro Lake Kayaking Tour

10. 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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What people are saying about Scottsdale

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 1 reviews

My wife and I went to go see the Grand Canyon for the first time. Mark took us to some great spots. Definitely worth doing this. I wish we would have had done the helicopter tour too. The seats in the tour bus are a little uncomfortable. Make sure to grab snacks.

Sam is an amazing tour guide who’s passionate about traveling and Grand Canyon history and geology. His enthusiasm rubbed off very positively on rest of the tour group and made for a very exciting fun filled day. Highly recommend taking this tour with Sam.

Amazing experience. Definitely do not recommend for a first time ATV experience since the trail is advanced! So much fun driving in the desert

Great time, great group, great guide (Malcolm). And an amazing National Park! Thank you.

Cowboy Wayne, our tour guide, was fantastic !! We loved this adventure !