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Grand Canyon Day Tour from Phoenix, Scottsdale & Tempe

1. 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.

Off-Road Segway Tour: Scottsdale, Fort McDowell

2. 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.

From Phoenix: Apache Trail & Dolly Steamboat Day Trip

3. 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.

Scottsdale: Half-Day Sonoran Desert Mountain Bike Tour

4. 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.

Sonoran Desert: Guided 2-Hour ATV Tour

5. 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.

Scottsdale: Half-Day Sonoran Desert Hiking Tour

6. 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.

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.

From Phoenix or Scottsdale: Zip Lining & Wine Tasting

8. From Phoenix or Scottsdale: Zip Lining & Wine Tasting

Enjoy a 2-hour guided zip line tour over Out of Africa Wildlife Park, presented by the professionals at Predator Zip Lines. Begin in the early morning with a fascinating and scenic drive through Arizona as you travel to Camp Verde and the Wildlife Park for a zip line tour over the lions and tigers. After your high-flying adventure, head to lunch at a local brewery in Cottonwood, Arizona. Following lunch, take a short drive to the Page Springs wine region to begin a wine tasting tour. Experience the acres of grapevines and views of the Verde River Valley with a glass of wine at 2 of DukOUT’s favorite vineyards.

From Metro Phoenix: Sedona Day Trip w/ Optional Wine Tasting

9. From Metro Phoenix: Sedona Day Trip w/ Optional Wine Tasting

Combine the best of all the Sedona area has to offer with this sightseeing day tour. Travel north from Phoenix through the scenic Black Canyon Hills of the Sonoran Desert and see the amazing desert plant-life and mountain scenery along the way. Upon arrival to the Sedona area, admire the picture-perfect view of Bell Rock Vista from the Chapel of the Holy Cross, visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, and then the rustic, old-west shopping district of Uptown. Uptown also is home to many wonderful lunch options. This tour has a flexible itinerary, and booking early will allow you to choose the options that your group prefers to include. Sedona has a multitude of options, so spend the day exploring your way.

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

4.8 / 5

based on 16 reviews

Grand Canyon was amazing and it was a nice ride there. I think it would have been nice to stop somewhere for lunch instead of buying subway at 8 am. Williams was a nice stop and we probably could have eaten there. It is a long day covering three meals not provided. Sam was knowledgeable and entertaining.

We really enjoyed learning about the desert and doing so while being in it. The views were beautiful and Rhonda, our guide was friendly and knowledgeable about the area. I recommend this tour.

Everything was great. The only thing different I would of preferred was not going to Williams to eat we could of eating and stayed longer at the Grand Canyon.

It was an amazing experience. the tour guide from Detours was wonderful. the Grand Canyon is breath taking.

Tayler was excellent! Very informative! Learned a lot!