Presiding just about exactly in the middle of nowhere, Phoenix is a desert city in Arizona with more to offer than cacti and mountain views. The landscape here is riddled with golf courses, trails, and lots of parkland. On top of outdoor activities, which can be difficult to enjoy in the summer heat, there are fun things to do in Phoenix indoors all year round. Go to the Phoenix Art Museum, spend your day at a rejuvenating spa, or savor some vino at a local winery. Any way you cut it, the attractions in Phoenix make a visit here worth the trek through the desert.…
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Meet your professional hiking and climbing guide and head out into the Arizona desert in search of the perfect combination hiking and rock climbing experience. Hike through beautiful wilderness before arriving at a 120-foot (37-m) granite spire that serves as a cap for the entire ridge.
Once you reach the top, take a moment to catch your breath before signing your name in the logbook. Repel down the spire and check another item off your bucket list. After you enjoy lunch, enjoy a few other climbs in the area before making the hike back to the vehicle. Read More close
An oasis of colorful history, rich culture, and fun outdoor activities in the Arizona desert, Phoenix makes the perfect location for your amazing scavenger hunt. From your starting point in the city's downtown, use the Quest software on your smartphone, tablet, or other mobile device to solve questions and track down clues that point you to historic buildings, cultural landmarks, and public art.
Next, take a look back in time as you stroll through Heritage Square, where the homes that line the streets offer a look into Phoenix's rustic history. Check out the historic Hotel San Carlos and the Orpheum Theater on Adams Street, which was one of the many stops for traveling vaudeville acts and still produces shows to this day.
As you meander between the sights, complete challenges, take hints, and earn points to learn your way around. Explore this fascinating city in style, making memories along the way. End your tour of Phoenix with a feeling of success, confidence, and accomplishment. Read More close
Board either a personal ATV or a multi-person UTV (utility terrain vehicle)—a 4-wheel-drive off-road vehicle perfect for couples or families. Enjoy the thrill of driving along the rugged desert trails of the famed Sonoran desert, which include the Agua Fria River and the rolling foothills of the Bradshaw Mountains.
Here you can see the only place in the world where the famous saguaro cactuses grow in the wild, reaching 15–50 feet (4. 5–15 m) in height during their 150-year lifespans.
Romp up and down unbelievably steep slopes as you hear stories of the Native Americans who once farmed, hunted, and survived in this unforgiving desert land. Learn about the ancient ruins and abandoned gold and turquoise mines that once gave life to these Native American inhabitants.
Don't forget to snap some breathtaking photos with some of the best desert views and Arizona sky as a backdrop. Read More close
Get started at the Canyon Lake marina, located on the southeastern end of the calm waters held back by the Mormon Flat Dam. Surrounded by the slopes of the Superstition Mountains, Canyon Lake offers the perfect setting for your watersports experience.
After a brief orientation gets you accustomed to the jet ski, set out to explore the waters. Your time on the watercraft lets you explore every corner of the scenic lake, power past the bluffs that line the shores, and get a unique experience in the beauty of the Arizona countryside. Read More close
The adventure begins just outside Scottsdale, in the breathtaking trails of the Sonoran Desert. There, you board a fully customized Hummer H1, equipped with a roll cage for maximum safety during the extreme experience. Take off with professional drivers who are very knowledgeable in the vibrant red rock and cactus-filled landscape.
The heart-stopping plunge down unbelievably steep slopes leaves you with an unforgettable adrenaline rush. Hang on as the powerful H1 plows through deep river beds and dodges person-sized cactus plants.
This extreme, action-packed experience rekindles your love for the western flair of the desert outdoors, complete with limitless photo opportunities that capture the Sonoran Desert's highlights. Read More close
Meet your guide in Scottsdale for a safety orientation. After you pick up your climbing gear, head out on the Apache Trail to spend the day venturing into canyons and hurtling over rocks. Feel the rush of rappelling into a cool pool of water or zipping down a natural water slide. When it's time to fuel up, stop for a rejuvenating lunch before continuing on your way.
Along your route, discover a stunning variety of desert landscapes. Look out for sky-high rock formations and massive cacti, as well as wildlife like prairie dogs, coyotes, and jackrabbits. You can also visit Apache Lake and Roosevelt Lake for a chance to see Arizona's serene bodies of water before heading back to Scottsdale.
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Meet your expert paranormal guides and get introduced to the variety of traditional and high-tech gear you will be utilizing. A whole manner of specter detectors are at your disposal, including EMF readers, heat sensors, night vision imaging, and echo location.
Choose from one of 3 haunted locations to explore, each offering a distinctive variety of ghosts. Wonder through the Domes of Casa Grande, a series of abandoned domes in the middle of the desert known for wandering shadows that tap on cars and vibrate the air. Climb into the Superstition Mountains, a distinctive range of mountains haunted by the undead spirits of gold miners and other pioneers still hoping to protect their lost riches. The final choice is Resthaven Cemetery, which gives you the chance to wander the grounds in search of the malevolent spirits of teenagers once involved in the ritualistic murder of at least one of their peers. Read More close
Choose from premium golf equipment from brands including Callaway, TaylorMade, and Ping. Receive 14 clubs of your choice, guaranteed to be in good condition and easy to carry in a convenient bag. Feel right at home with selections of right or left handed, stiff or regular flex, and men's or women's. Enjoy convenient drop off at Golfsmith stores and at hotels and golf courses in Phoenix and Scottsdale. Read More close
After the ride out from Scottsdale, you take a short, easy hike along a desert trail to reach the angled granite slabs of Girlie Man on the north side of the Sonoran Desert. Once you've had a quick safety briefing, your group takes turns negotiating the rock face's 60-foot (18-m) climb, scaling the massive rocks before rappelling back down.
With paths planned out for beginners or intermediate climbers and a rugged, crack-lined layout, these great rocky slabs offer a spectacular experience for everyone. Admire the views across the arid landscape of McDowell Sonoran Preserve before you descend for your trip back towards town. Read More close
The adventure begins when you board a fully customized Hummer H1 just outside of Scottsdale and set off on the breathtaking trails of the Sonoran Desert. Learn about the colorful red sandstone rock and cactus-filled landscape from your knowledgeable professional drivers.
As you travel by Four Peaks and the Mazatzal Mountains, sit-back and watch as desert critters, a diverse wildlife, and unique plants come to life. Learn the history of the Superstition Mountains and Weavers Needle, and the secrets of the Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine.
This adventure gives you an up-close encounter with nature to rekindle your love for the outdoor desert, complete with countless photo opportunities that let you capture the Sonoran Desert's highlights.
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The outing starts with a ride into the park and a walk on a trail that leads along the massive sandstone ridge of the Papago Buttes. Check out sights like the Hole in the Rock, a weathered tunnel that runs straight through the rock face, and watch for the canal that cuts through the park or the rugged plants that live in the desert.
When you reach a steep rock face overlooking the city, take a moment to look around at the formations of red sandstone that took shape over the last 15 million years. Some quick safety instructions get you ready to go over the edge, so check your gear and start rappelling down 100 feet (30 m) back down to the ground. Read More close
Choose from 2 categories of distinguished golf courses, specifying your preference for standard courses or premium greens, and choosing to rent equipment if desired. No matter your decision, a satisfying game of golf lies in your future.
Premium golf courses include:
- Raven Golf Club
- Lookout Mountain Golf Course
- The Legacy Golf Club
- Arizona Biltmore Golf Course
- Camelback - Ambiente
- Legend Trail
- McDowell Mountain
- Eagle Mountain
- SunRidge Canyon
Standard golf courses include:
- Papago Golf Course
- ASU Karsten Golf Course
- Arizona Grand Golf Course
- Ahwatukee Country Club
- McCormick Ranch Golf Club
- Camelback - Padre
- Orange Tree
- Dove Valley Ranch Read More close
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Join your certified guide in Scottsdale and head straight for the Superstition Wilderness area—an hour outside the city. Chat with your guide about your hiking aspirations and select a trail that matches your ideal level of exertion. Choose an adventure like the Peralta Trail that passes through fabled rock formations called hoodoos. Or, observe 700-year-old Native American ruins on the Black Mesa Loop—a 9-mile (14-km) jaunt that offers breathtaking views of a renowned rock column called Weaver's Needle.
During the course of your expedition, savor snacks and an electrolyte-replacement beverage to keep you fueled. Marvel at the incredible desert wilderness, noting Saguaro cacti, mesquite bush, and rock formations caused by volcanic activity long ago. Enjoy lunch at the summit, reveling in your physical accomplishments before descending back down into the valley and preparing to return to Scottsdale. Read More close
Join your guide in Scottsdale and travel a short distance to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve just east of the bustling metropolis. Covering an impressive 30,000 acres (12,140 ha), the preserve is home to mesmerizing cacti forests and desert wildlife, including bird species like the greater roadrunner and the gila woodpecker. Communicate with your guide about your preferred level of challenge and select the ideal trail for your journey.
Lace up your hiking shoes and enjoy a quick sip of water before launching your ascent—discovering a landscape of metamorphic rock deposited by volcanoes 1. 7 million years ago. Delight in the opportunity to savor an electrolyte-replacement drink and a snack along the way, marveling at the scenic desert and reveling in a sense of accomplishment as you climb.
At the top, enjoy stunning vistas of the entire preserve and nearby Tonto National Forest in the distance. Congratulate yourself on your efforts before descending back down into the Valley of the Sun. Read More close
It starts with a trip from your meeting point in the city and a 20-minute hike that brings you out into the mountains. When you reach the rappelling site, look out across the beautiful open expanse around you, with hikers and horseback riders negotiating the trails and rocky peaks reaching up to the sky, and get ready with a quick orientation before you start scaling the slopes.
The rappelling course takes you down 100 feet (30 m) of mountainside for a terrific adrenaline rush. A knowledgeable professional guide leads you through the course to ensure that you get the most out of your adventure, so be sure to admire the scenery and the up-close look at the rock face as you negotiate your route back to the ground. Read More close
You have plenty of time on this tour to take in the wonders that have earned Sedona a place at USA Today's list of the 10 Most Beautiful Places in America. Travel in comfort on a spacious vehicle that offers great view of the city and its captivating surrounding landscapes.
An experienced, knowledgeable, and entertaining guide ensures that you have a good experience. With ample time spent outside, photograph the amazing views and learn about Sedona's mysterious vortex sites. Get recommendations on places to shop and dine, and then enjoy an afternoon on your own to explore historic uptown, shop at unique Tlaquepaque, or enjoy the art on gallery row.
If you'd like, you can choose to add on a 2-hour jeep ride through the beautiful desert scenery, getting up close to the stunning red rock formations and historic sites beyond the city limits.
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After you check in at the North Phoenix office, ride to the launch site, see pilots begin the inflation process, and then watch the massive and colorful hot air balloon fill and lift to life. You have a chance to get involved and be a hands-on crew member or you may choose to observe and take pictures as the sun begins to drop towards the horizon.
When the basket begins to tug at its mooring line, hop in and let it loose, rising up and over Phoenix. Listen to your FAA-certified pilot point out stunning landscapes, marvel at the view and snap photos from your unique vantage point. After landing, enjoy a celebratory toast, nibble on fare prepared by the locally renowned Wildflower Bread Company, and receive a customized flight certificate to commemorate your aerial experience. Read More close
Get equipped with your off-road Segway, a rugged device that takes the convenience of a standard Segway—the ease of self-balanced movement, the ability to see views in every direction—combined with a rugged set of wheels to make traversing terrain a breeze. A brief training session gets you up to speed on the fundamentals of movement before you take off into the desert.
Discover the unique plant and animal life in the desert—including species found nowhere else on earth—with expert commentary from your local guide. Discover the intricacies of rock formations and the giant saguaro cactus without getting your views obstructed by the walls of a larger vehicle. Learn about the lives and history of the Yavapai Indians, including their culture and relationship with the land.
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