Tucson Outdoor sports

Our most recommended Tucson Outdoor sports

Box Canyon and Pinal Mountains Half-Day ATV Tour

1. Box Canyon and Pinal Mountains Half-Day ATV Tour

Explore the extreme northeast corner of Florence, Arizona on board a thrilling Terrain Vehicle (ATV). Located halfway between Tucson and Phoenix, the Box Canyon and Pinal Mountains make for an ideal day out from both cities. The dirt trail that will set your blood racing is about 30 miles long, and you will have 3.25 hours to play. Once your guide has equipped you with safety equipment and received a short training, head off along dirt trails that twist, turn, and bump up and down the Pinal Mountains. Climb up and over the front range of the mountains. At the same time, your guide points out Indian petroglyphs left behind by the ancient Native Americans.  Another point of interest is an old adobe building that served as a way station for the Butterfield Overland Stage Coach Company during the 1860s. For a short time, it also serviced the Pony Express on what was known as the "Butterfield Route." The real highlight of the tour is Box Canyon. You'll be in the canyon for about 6 miles. Get set for the drama of the middle 3 miles, a slot canyon with walls only about 10-20 feet apart and 900 feet high on both sides!

Tucson: Hot Air Balloon Ride with Champagne and Breakfast

2. Tucson: Hot Air Balloon Ride with Champagne and Breakfast

Enjoy a morning among the clouds on a shared 45-60-minute hot air balloon flight. After your hot air balloon flight, relax with a post-flight champagne toast and balloonist's ceremony. Fill up on a continental breakfast, and take home commemorative flight certificates. Soar thousands of feet in the air for an overview of the valley. Skim over the trees and cacti. Learn about the history, flora, fauna, and landmarks of the land from your pilot. After your hot air balloon flight, relax with champagne at a traditional balloonist's ceremony. To conclude your hot air balloon ride, you'll be inducted into the ballooning society and awarded the Certificate d’Ascension En Machine Aerostatique, a memento of your journey.

Tucson: 4-Hour Guided Tour of Mount Lemmon

3. Tucson: 4-Hour Guided Tour of Mount Lemmon

Take the scenic route up Mount Lemmon on a guided tour and admire the rugged landscape as you ride. Stop at the most beautiful spots along the way and soak in the breathtaking views around you. With your experienced guide, travel to the most spectacular viewing points at Mount Lemmon. Climb impressive rock formations at Wendy's Point and enjoy panoramic views over Tucson and the valley below. Continue to Ski Valley with its stunning hiking trails. Arrive at the summit with an elevation of 9,159 feet and enjoy views from the highest point in the Santa Catalina Mountains. Located in the Coronado National Forest north of Tucson, get a bird's eye view of Tucson at a cooler temperature to truly appreciate your surroundings. Stop at the quaint town of Summer Haven and enjoy free time to explore the local shops.

From Phoenix: Tombstone and Bisbee Day Tour

4. From Phoenix: Tombstone and Bisbee Day Tour

Start your tour with a scenic 3-hour drive to the town of Tombstone. Learn about the region from your knowledgeable guide as you relax in a luxury vehicle. Stop to admire beautiful views of Saguaro National Park and snap photos of the largest saguaro cactus field in the Southwest. Once in Tombstone, wander through the old town and check out the main street. After lunch, you’ll see a thrilling 30-minute staged gunfight. After around 2.5 hours exploring Tombstone, continue to the copper mining town of Bisbee. This scenic town is situated in the mountains and was once the largest copper mining community in America. Stroll the street to see restored and historic buildings and preserved copper workshops. Browse the local shops before heading back to your accommodation.

Scottsdale: Tonto National Forest Off-Road H1 Hummer Tour

5. Scottsdale: Tonto National Forest Off-Road H1 Hummer Tour

Explore one of Arizona’s most picturesque trails on an off-road H1 Hummer excursion. The trail winds through the heart of the Tonto National Forest and Arizona’s most beautiful mountain ranges: the 4 Peaks and the Superstition Mountains. Enjoy beautiful views of Saguaro Lake and learn about the flora and fauna of this majestic landscape. Experience the thrill as the Hummer conquers the rugged desert terrain. If you crave excitement you’ll be sure to feel the rush of adrenalin as the H1 climbs 60-degree slopes, traverses 40-degree side slopes, and fords up to 2.5 feet of water. Even with all the thrills, this is a family friendly excursion that is suitable for all ages.

Phoenix & Scottsdale: Saguaro Lake Kayaking Tour

6. 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 Tucson

I had a great time on my recent four hour Mount Lemmon tour. It way exceeded my expectations. Timothy, the tour guide and owner, has a true passion for Mount Lemmon and all it has to offer. He is very knowledgeable about the mountain and did a great narrative on the way up and down. He knew the answers to all my questions. I highly recommend this activity to everyone. People of all ages will enjoy it. Two thumbs up!

This was a great four hour trip up and down Mount Lemmon. My tour guide/owner was Timothy. He did an excellent job. Extremely knowledgeable about the mountain and the nuances associated with it. Very passionate about it as well. He was friendly and quite agreeable. I highly recommend this activity. Very educational. Two thumbs way up!

This was a very good tour. Guide very knowledgeable and easy to converse with. I learned a lot about the different temperate zones and things I did not know. Really enjoyable morning with Tim.

The tour was way more than we anticipated. Our tour guide was excellent! He was very knowledgeable, friendly and he made the experience very enjoyable. We will definitely do it again. Thanks!

Was a great tour. Tim was very nice and he made 5 stops and highlighted to different area, the rock formations and the views. Highly recommend