Phoenix & Scottsdale - The Valley of the Sun

Things are different in the desert. The sky is bigger. The stars are brighter. The sunsets stop you in your tracks.  We still have real cowboys and rugged mountains and the kind of cactus most people see only in cartoons.  Projected against this rich backdrop is a panorama of urban sophistication:  resorts and spas that drop jaws and soothe souls.  Stadiums and arenas worthy of the world’s biggest sports spectacles. Restaurants with inspired cuisine and inspiring patio views.  Golf courses that beckon players year round.  Shopping centers as stylish and eclectic as the fashions they house.

This is the Valley of the Sun — Arizona’s urban heart and America’s sunniest metropolis.  With over 350 days of sunshine annually, the Valley presents the perfect opportunity to venture outdoors.  Situated in the heart of the unexpectedly lush Sonoran Desert, the opportunities for adventure are endless.  Explore the area’s rugged mountain parks, climb its iconic rocks, soar above the desert landscape, and float down the scenic rivers.  Whatever your passion, you’ll find it here!

Here are our recommendations for Valley adventures:



Phoenix/Scottsdale

Canyoneering

Gorge-ous Canyoneering

Gorge-ous Canyoneering

This dry canyoneering adventure will have you hiking, rappelling, scrambling and sometimes rock climbing through one of our spectacular slot canyons (October thru March).
Duration: approximately 4-8 hours depending on group numbers and pace (not including transportation time).
Cost:  $425/first person, $225/add'l person.  Groups of 4 or more are $225/person.

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Slippery When Wet Canyoneering

Slippery When Wet Canyoneering

Wet canyoneering is a wonderland of a playground.  You'll hike, wade, swim, scramble, rappel and maybe even cliff-jump through one of our amazing canyons. (April - September). 
Duration:  Full day - approximately 3-5 hours in the canyon, depending on group size & pace.
Cost:  $445/single, $245/add'l person; groups of 4 or more are $245/person (if wetsuits are not required or you bring your own decuct $20/person).

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Rock Climbing

Full-day Rock Climbing

Full-day Rock Climbing

This full day rock climbing adventure is perfect for experienced climbers or larger groups; we tailor each climb to your abilities.
Duration:  6 - 8 hours
Cost:  $250/person, min 2.  (Single climbers $350.) 

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Half Day Rappelling Adventure

Half Day Rappelling Adventure

Rappelling is one of the most thrilling things you can do in a half day.  Let us show you the ropes.
Duration:  approximagely 4 hours
Cost:  $275 first person, $175 each add'l person.  Parties of 4-7 are $175/person; parties of 8 or more are $155/person.

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Half-day Rock Climbing

Half-day Rock Climbing

These half-day guided rock climbing adventures are perfect for beginners or advanced climbers; we tailor the routes to your abilities and preferences.
Duration: approximately 4-hours total.
Cost:  $245 first person, $145 each add'l person.  Parties of 4 or more are $145/person.

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Intro to Outdoor Rock Climbing

Intro to Outdoor Rock Climbing

Want to learn more about outdoor rock climbing?  This private class will "teach you the ropes".  We teach you how to be a safe climber that's capable of following someone else up the rock.
Duration:  Full day
Cost:  $295 per person, minimum 2.  Single students add $100

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Mountain Biking

Group Mountain Biking

Group Mountain Biking

Feel like getting your flow on?  Join a group for some sweet single track through the Sonoran Desert.
Duration:  Approximately 2-2.5 hours of "in-the-saddle" time
Cost:  $140/person

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Private Full-day Mountain Biking

Private Full-day Mountain Biking

Intended for intermediate to advanced riders we'll rip you through the desert on trails selected specifically for you.
Duration:  Approximately 4-6 hours, in-the-saddle.
Cost:  $500/solo; $250/rider for groups 2+

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Private Half-day Mountain Biking

Private Half-day Mountain Biking

This half-day, private, guided mountain bike tour is perfect for any rider - we'll tailor the ride to your abilities & preferences.
Duration:  approximately 2-2.5 hours of "in-the-saddle" time.
Cost:  $280/solo; $140/person for groups 2-3.

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Cycling

Scottsdale Road Biking - Half Day

Scottsdale Road Biking - Half Day

Guided road bike tours that are perfect for the avid cyclist, the visiting triathlete, or the casual road biker.  
Duration:  Half Day - 3-3.5 hours
Cost:  Half Day - $90/solo guest or $45/person when 2 or more guests.

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Scottsdale Urban Bike Tours

Scottsdale Urban Bike Tours

Our guided 1/2 day neighborhood bike tour is a great way to get some casual exercise and do sightseeing around Scottsdale’s beautiful green spaces, waterways and friendly corridors.
Duration:  2-3 hours "in the saddle".
Cost: $140/solo; $70/person for groups 2-3; $56/person for groups 4+.

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Hiking

Full-day Hiking

Full-day Hiking

This full day hike will take you deep into one of our many spectacular mountain parks as your professional guide shows off our spectacular Sonoran Desert.
Duration:  Up to 7 hours of on-trail time.
Cost:  $250/person; there is a 20% discount for groups 4+.

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Half-day Hiking

Half-day Hiking

One of the best ways to enjoy any environment is by hiking; this half-day tour will get you just far enough into the desert to enjoy some serenity and sweeping views.
Duration:  2.5-3-hours of on-trail time.
Cost:  $150/solo; $75/person for groups 2-3.  Parties of 4 or more are $65/person.

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Air Tours

Custom Helicopter Flight

Custom Helicopter Flight

Create your own private, personalized tour, or ask one of our seasoned pilots for suggestions on where to go.
Duration:  Custom
Cost: Three passenger Robinson R44 - $1650/hour; Five passenger Airbus AS350 B2 "SaberCat" - $2200/hour

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Desert Lakes Helicopter Flight

Desert Lakes Helicopter Flight

Highlights include Red Mountain, the Superstition Mountains, Weavers Needle, Salt River Canyon, Saguaro Lake, Canyon Lake, Four Peaks and the McDowell Mountains
Duration:  40 Minutes
Cost: $600/solo adult; $350/adult for 2 or more guests; $280/children ages 2-9

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Evening Balloon Flight

Evening Balloon Flight

View the Sonoran Desert from the air as the sun goes down, complete with candlelight hors d'oeuvres and breath taking views.
Duration:  Flight time is approximately 60 minutes (adjustments may be required due to weather conditions).
Cost:  $199/adult; $149/children ages 5-12; Private tours are available for $395/person on weekdays and $495/person on weekends.

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Fountain Hills Helicopter Flight

Fountain Hills Helicopter Flight

This Scottsdale based helicopter flight will take you over some of Arizona's iconic topography on your way to one of the world's tallest fountains.
Duration:  Flight time is 30 minutes.
Cost:  $400/solo adult; $250/adult for 2 or more guests; $200/children ages 2-9.

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Morning Balloon Flight

Morning Balloon Flight

Leaving from Phoenix, take a hot air balloon ride over the majestic Sonoran Desert, complete with champagne brunch and breath taking views.
Duration:  Flight time is approximately 60 minutes (adjustments may be required due to weather conditions); the entire experience is approximately 3 hours.
Cost:  $179/adult; $129/children ages 5-12. Private tours are available for $395/person on weekdays and $495/person on weekends.

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Night Helicopter Flight

Night Helicopter Flight

Come fly with us on a unique tour after the sun sinks below the horizon and we take to the sky to see the impressive luminance of the Phoenix city lights. This is a truly romantic flight for two!
Duration:  30 Minutes
Cost: $525/flight

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Scottsdale & Paradise Valley Helicopter Flight

Scottsdale & Paradise Valley Helicopter Flight

Fly over Paradise Valley’s impressive homes and green golf courses, then soar around Squaw Peak Mountain and famous Camelback Mountain, one of the most iconic locations in Phoenix.
Duration:  15 minutes
Cost:  $250/solo adult; $150/adult for 2 or more guests; $120/children ages 2-9

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Spring Training Helicopter Fly-Over

Spring Training Helicopter Fly-Over

Phoenix/Scottsdale is home to one of the greatest national pastimes - baseball's Spring Training.  Tour the fields and watch your team's action from the air.
Duration:  Flight times range from 45-90 minutes
Cost: Flights cost between $795-$1450 for up to 3 passengers; click "Learn More" for details.

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Sunrise/Sunset Helicopter Flight

Sunrise/Sunset Helicopter Flight

Arizona is legendary for the stunning colors of the sun as it rises and sets over the desert sky. Now you can capture the “magic hour” with a unique view from above. Whether you are looking for a romantic experience or a great photographic opportunity this is the flight for you. Departure times vary based on time of year. 
Duration:  30 Minutes
Cost:  $635/flight (up to 2 passengers)

     

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    Valley of the Sun Fixed Wing Flight

    Valley of the Sun Fixed Wing Flight

    The Valley of the Sun is a sprawling metropolis situated in the middle of the vast Sonoran Desert.  Get a feel for the size of our wonderful city from the air.
    Duration:  Approximately 45 minutes
    Cost:  $229/person

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    Ground Tours

    Advanced Hummer Tour

    Advanced Hummer Tour

    This Phoenix-based adventure will test the limits of the Hummer while simultaneously showcasing the biologically diverse Sonoran Desert.  Buckle up and hold on!
    Duration: 3-4 Hours
    Cost: $195/person

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    Apache Trail Tour

    Apache Trail Tour

    The Apache Trail was originally a trade route used by (you guessed it), the Apaches.  It winds through mountain passes and showcases some of the most dramatic landscapes Arizona has to offer.  You'll quickly learn why the Apaches were able to hide from the calvary.
    Duration:  Full day - approx. 8 hours
    Cost:  $139/adult, $109/children 12 & under

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    ATV Tour

    ATV Tour

    An exhilarating ATV Tour in the Sonoran Desert is just minutes from Scottsdale & Phoenix.  You'll rip around on an ATV as fast as you're willing to go - we promise, the guide will go faster.
    Duration:  Up to four hours, including transportation (approx. 2 hr trail time)
    Cost:  ATV w/ Transportation (4-driver min) - $205/drivers age 12+, $145/passengers ages 6+; ATV w/o Transportation (3-driver min) - $180/drivers age 12+, $120/passengers ages 6+.

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    Desert Jeep Tour

    Desert Jeep Tour

    Guided 4X4 Jeep tours of the Sonoran Desert run by trained naturalists. This is the perfect combination of adventure, nature and the Wild West.
    Duration:  Approx. 4 hours, including transportation time.
    Cost:  $99/adult, $89/children 12 & under.

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    Four Peaks Hummer Tour

    Four Peaks Hummer Tour

    Experience the capabilities of the H1 Hummer as you explore rugged trails and roads in the Sonoran Desert under the shadow of the Four Peaks Wilderness.
    Duration:  Approx. 3-4 hours.
    Cost:  $160/adult, $110/children ages 3-10; prices do not reflect an 8.1% tax that will be added at the time of booking.

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    Grand Canyon Day Tour from Phoenix to Las Vegas

    Grand Canyon Day Tour from Phoenix to Las Vegas

    What better way to get to Vegas from Phoenix than by going past the crown jewel of the seven natural wonders of the world - the Grand Canyon.
    Duration:  Full day - approximately 13 hours.
    Cost:  $403/adult, $363/children 3-12.

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    Group Horseback Riding - 1 hr

    Group Horseback Riding - 1 hr

    This one-hour guided horseback ride is perfect for the little ones; it's the perfect introduction to horseback riding and the Sonoran Desert.
    Duration:  1-hour.
    Cost:  $50/person

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    Group Horseback Riding - 2 hr

    Group Horseback Riding - 2 hr

    Want to see the Sonoran Desert like the cowboys?  Enjoy a 2-hour horseback ride as you learn about plants & animals of our unique landscape.
    Duration:  2 hours
    Cost:  $75/person (2 person minimum)

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    Land and Lake Combo Tour

    Land and Lake Combo Tour

    This amazing tour will show you the desert in two ways in the middle of it from an H1 Hummer, and where water touches it from a paddle boat.
    Duration:  Approx. 5.5 hours
    Cost:  $215/adult, $150/children ages 3-10

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    M1009 - Blazer Tour

    M1009 - Blazer Tour

    Are you an adventurer who wants to experience the Great Wide Open without getting rocked right out of your seat? Come experience the Sonoran Desert in a Chevy M1009 Blazer.
    Duration:  Approximately 3.5-4 hours
    Cost:  $130/person

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    Phx/Scottsdale City Highlights Tour

    Phx/Scottsdale City Highlights Tour

    The Valley of the Sun is a sprawling metropolis with vastly different "vibes".  Let us show you our beautiful outpost of humanity.
    Duration:  5-6 hours
    Cost:  $89/adult, $69/children 3-12

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    Private Horseback Adventure

    Private Horseback Adventure

    Wanna get away? Experience the best private horseback riding Phoenix has to offer. You'll also get to play cowboy games in an authentic Western town.
    Duration:  Riding time is about 1-1.5 hours, however the total duration depends on how long you play the cowboy games.
    Cost:  $85/rider, minimum 2.

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    Rock & Ruins Hummer Tour

    Rock & Ruins Hummer Tour

    Travel past a ghost town & ancient ruins in the Bradshaw Mountains

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    Segway Tour - Scottsdale

    Segway Tour - Scottsdale

    Old Town Scottsdale is full of things to see and do - shops, galleries, restaurants and iconic dive-bars.  This tour will give you a great feel for the area and you'll no doubt come back to play.
    Duration:  2 hours - 5 miles
    Cost:  $109/person

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    Segway Tour - Tempe Town Lake

    Segway Tour - Tempe Town Lake

    Tempe Town Lake is such a beautiful place to play and discovering it on a Segway is a great way to do it.  This guided, narrated tour will give you everything you need to know about this unique man-made lake.
    Duration:  1.5 hours - 4 miles
    Cost:  $99/person

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    Sonoran Desert Shooting Adventure

    Sonoran Desert Shooting Adventure

    Get your Rambo on!  Experience the firepower of an AK-47 and a Glock.  Combine it with an ATV tour for even more adventure.
    Duration:  Approximately 1 hour
    Cost:  $150/person if added on to an ATV/UTV or Hummer tour OR $195/person without a tour.

     

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    Sonoran Desert Stargazing Tour

    Sonoran Desert Stargazing Tour

    Witness the grandeur of the Desert sky and attend a presentation by a professional Astronomer.  Be careful though - you might end up wanting to buy a telescope.
    Duration:  Approximately 3 hours, including transportation
    Cost:  $205/person

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    UTV Tour

    UTV Tour

    What's more fun than ripping around the Sonoran Desert in a 4-passenger UTV?  We can't think of too many things!
    Duration:  Approximately 2 hours of on-trail time.
    Cost: $375-$650; click "Learn More" for details.

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    Culinary Tours

    Mesa Fresh Foodie Trail

    Mesa Fresh Foodie Trail

    From community gardens to olive mills, the Mesa Fresh Foodie Trail® Tour takes you on a guided journey of agritourism through Mesa, Queen Creek and Gilbert.
    Duration:  Approximately 5-6 hours
    Cost:  $185/person

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    Water Tours

    Advanced Stand Up Paddle Boarding

    Advanced Stand Up Paddle Boarding

    This Phoenix based tour will have you paddling along a slow-moving river.  Because water in the desert is the most valuable resource it's likely you'll see wildlife.  Keep your eye out for wild horses!
    Duration:  Approximately 1.5-2.5 hours on the water; depends on group pace and river flows.
    Cost:  Solo guest $350; 2-3 guests $175/p; $4+ guests $140/p; Resort pick up available for $125 for up to 10 people

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    Beginner Stand Up Paddle Boarding

    Beginner Stand Up Paddle Boarding

    The stand up paddleboard (SUP) tour is perfect for first-timers & beginners; taking place on the still waters of Saguaro Lake this is the perfect introduction to the sport.

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    Fishing Trip - Group

    Fishing Trip - Group

    Fish On!!  Enjoy a relaxing day on the lake fishing for striper bass on a 24' Bay boat as you learn from the best.
    Duration:   Half day - approximately 4 hours; Full day - approximately 8 hours.
    CostHalf Day - $500, Full Day $750 - up to 8 people in a 24 ft Ranger Bay Boat (Lake Pleasant ONLY); fishing licenses extra.

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    Fishing Trip Full Day

    Fishing Trip Full Day

    Spend the day on the water with a professional fishing guide as you fish for Striper bass on one of our picturesque lakes.
    Duration:   approx. 8 hours
    Cost:  $550 up to 2 people; $100/3rd person; fishing licenses extra.

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    Fishing Trip Half Day

    Fishing Trip Half Day

    The fish are a bitin' and our guides know where they are!  Enjoy a relaxing day on the water with a professional guide as you lean how to catch Striper bass.
    Duration:   approx. 4 hours
    Cost:  $395 up to 2 people; $75/3rd person; fishing licenses extra.

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    Kayaking - Lake

    Kayaking - Lake

    Enjoy this flat-water float as you investigate the shores of Saguaro Lake.  It's amazing to see water in the desert and it's not rare to see wild animals.
    Duration  Approximately 1.5-2.5 hours on the water.
    Cost:  $250/solo; 2-3 guests are $125/p; groups 4+ $100/p.

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    Kayaking - River

    Kayaking - River

    The 1/2 day kayak tour on the lower Salt River is a great way too cool off, see a new side of the desert and get some exercise. Look for wild horses!!
    Duration:  Approximately 1.5-2.5 hours on the water.
    Cost:  $290/solo; 2-3 guests are $145/p; groups 4+ $116/p.

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    Land and Lake Combo Tour

    Land and Lake Combo Tour

    This amazing tour will show you the desert in two ways in the middle of it from an H1 Hummer, and where water touches it from a paddle boat.
    Duration:  Approx. 5.5 hours
    Cost:  $215/adult, $150/children ages 3-10

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    Rafting

    Rafting

    Water in the desert is the most precious resource and it's not uncommon to see our native fauna on the shores where the water meets the land.
    Duration:  Approximately 1.5-2.5 hours on the water, depending on water flow
    Cost:  $145/p; groups 4+ are $116/p; minimum 2 

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