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Sonoran Desert Tours and Activities

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Get away from it all in the breathtaking Sonoran Desert, a 100,000-square-mile (260,000-square-kilometer) region that spans Arizona, California, and parts of Mexico. Though it’s the hottest of four deserts in North America, its two rainy seasons sustain unique animals and plants, including the only remaining jaguar population in the United States.

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Sunset Private Jeep Adventure Scottsdale

Sunset Private Jeep Adventure Scottsdale

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When visiting Scottsdale or Phoenix, experience the Sonoran Desert on a night tour by Jeep, the tough four-wheel drive vehicle that lets you go further into the desert on rougher terrain than most other vehicles. Your expert guide leads this thrilling tour through the otherworldly scenery of the nighttime desert and shares informative commentary about the plant and animal life, history and legends of the region throughout your journey. Look for the creatures of the night as they stir from their rest, and enjoy the desert in the cool of the evening.
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  • 2 to 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$650.00
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$650.00
per group

Sunset Hot Air Balloon Ride Over Phoenix

Sunset Hot Air Balloon Ride Over Phoenix

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Enjoy a picturesque hot-air balloon flight over the mammoth Sonoran Desert in North Phoenix on this 1-hour sunset flight. Experience breathtaking 360-degree views of the hottest desert in North America and its surrounding landscape while floating effortlessly across the sky at dusk. Then celebrate with a traditional champagne toast and catered food after the flight. Commemorative flight certificate, plus transportation to and from the landing site is included.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$209.00
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$209.00

Rappelling Adventure in Scottsdale

Rappelling Adventure in Scottsdale

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This adventure is one for the memory books. Hike through the Sonoran Desert outside Scottsdale to a local peak before taking the exciting way down.  Harness up, lean back and enjoy the descent…just you, the ropes and the rock face. Your guide will ensure you are comfortable with the rappelling technique in a safety briefing before you set out.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$192.00
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$192.00

Stunning Sunrise or Sunset Guided Hiking Adventure in the Sonoran Desert

Stunning Sunrise or Sunset Guided Hiking Adventure in the Sonoran Desert

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Experience an incredible sunrise or sunset in the one-of-a-kind Sonoran Desert in Phoenix, Arizona, with a fun, experienced, local Mad Desert Trekking guide. Find out why Arizona's sunrises and sunsets are truly amazing. Why should you book your Sonoran Desert sunrise or sunset hiking adventure with Mad Desert Trekking? We approach every trip with fun in mind. Plus, our pro guides will show you the secrets of the area that few people know about. We will provide everything you need for your hiking adventure, including: - Use of backpacks - Sunscreen - Bottled water - Sports drinks - Trail snacks - Plus, cold beverages after finishing your hike. Our number one priority is your safety. We guarantee a safe, enjoyable and memorable Sonoran Desert experience.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$125.00
Price varies by group size
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$125.00
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Epic Camelback Mountain Guided Hiking Adventure in Phoenix, Arizona

Epic Camelback Mountain Guided Hiking Adventure in Phoenix, Arizona

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Explore the world-famous Camelback Mountain—the most popular peak in Phoenix, Arizona, with a fun, experienced, local Mad Desert Trekking guide. Experience the thrill and accomplishment of summiting the highest mountain in Phoenix. We love Camelback Mountain ... and we know you will, too. Why should you book your Camelback Mountain hike with Mad Desert Trekking? 1. We approach every trip with fun and adventure in mind. 2. Our pro guides will show you the secrets of Camelback Mountain that few people know about. 3. All Mad Desert Trekking guides maintain either Wilderness First Responder or EMT certifications. We will provide everything you need for your hiking adventure, including: - Use of backpacks - Sunscreen - Bottled water - Sports drinks - Trail snacks - Cold beverages following your hike Our No. 1 priority is your safety. We guarantee a safe, enjoyable and memorable Camelback Mountain hiking adventure! Mad Desert Trekking Rad Guides | Bigger Experience | More Adventure
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$145.00
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$145.00
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Small-Group or Private Deluxe Phoenix and Scottsdale Day Trip

Small-Group or Private Deluxe Phoenix and Scottsdale Day Trip

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Take in the highlights of Phoenix and Scottsdale, the largest cities in the Sonoran Desert, during this tour with a knowledgeable guide. Discover history and architecture in downtown Phoenix, at the Arizona State Capitol, Arizona Biltmore and more. Learn how Phoenix has become one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States. Neighboring Scottsdale features a vibrant downtown district full of local businesses and cultural events. Choose between a small-group or private tour.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$89.00
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$89.00
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Custom Grand Canyon Day Trip

Custom Grand Canyon Day Trip

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The Grand Canyon is on just about every bucket list—make sure you see it on this day trip from Phoenix, which includes round-trip transportation from your hotel. A guided tour takes the planning and guesswork out of an ambitious day trip, helping you make the most of your time at the Grand Canyon and enjoy the scenery during the drive.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$235.00
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$235.00
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Amazing 2-Hour Guided Hiking Adventure in the Sonoran Desert

Amazing 2-Hour Guided Hiking Adventure in the Sonoran Desert

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Take a super fun, guided two-hour hike in the Sonoran Desert with Mad Desert Trekking. We’ll customize the hike to your mileage, terrain and grade preferences. - 2 hours on the trail - Meet your guide at the trailhead - Difficulty scale: Easy to strenuous—you choose the level! Explore the awesome Sonoran Desert in Phoenix, Arizona, with a fun, experienced, professional local Mad Desert Trekking guide. Experience the energy of hiking through the Sonoran Desert, the most diverse desert in North America. We love this beautiful trail ... and we know you will, too. We approach every trip with fun in mind. Plus, our pro guides will show you the secrets of the area that few people know about. We provide everything you need for your hiking adventure: - Use of backpacks - Sunscreen - Bottled water - Sports drinks - Trail snacks - Plus, cold beverages after finishing your hike. Our number one priority is your safety. We guarantee a safe, enjoyable and memorable Sonoran Desert experience.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$125.00
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$125.00
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Iconic Tom's Thumb Hiking Adventure in Scottsdale

Iconic Tom's Thumb Hiking Adventure in Scottsdale

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Visit an iconic landmark in the Scottsdale Sonoran Preserve. See Geological features and well as flora and fauna that are unique to the Sonoran Desert. Amazing views of the McDowell Mountains and surrounding areas.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$145.00
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$145.00
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Half-Day Private Reptile Hunting in The Sonoran Desert

Half-Day Private Reptile Hunting in The Sonoran Desert

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The Sonoran Desert is the most bio diverse desert in the world. There are more plants and animals here than any other desert. It is full of some of the most interesting creatures including Gila Monsters and the most species of rattlesnakes.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$350.00
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$350.00
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Scottsdale Desert Classic Hiking Adventure

Scottsdale Desert Classic Hiking Adventure

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Experience the Scottsdale Classic Hiking Adventure in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. We’ll customize the hike to your mileage, terrain and grade preferences. - Hike for about two hours. - Explore the geology, plants, animals of the Sonoran Desert. - Relax at an incredible viewpoint with trail snacks and beverages provided by - your guide. - We approach every trip with fun in mind. Plus, our pro guides will show you secrets of the area that only a few know about. - 2-3 hours on the trail - Meet your guide at the trailhead - Difficulty scale: Easy to strenuous—you choose the level! We provide everything you need for your hiking adventure: - Use of backpacks - Sunscreen - Bottled water - Sports drinks - Trail snacks - Plus, cold beverages after finishing your hike. Our number one priority is your safety. We guarantee a safe, enjoyable and memorable Sonoran Desert experience.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$145.00
Price varies by group size
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$145.00
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Incredible Hidden Valley Petroglyph Hiking Adventure in the Sonoran Desert

Incredible Hidden Valley Petroglyph Hiking Adventure in the Sonoran Desert

Experience even more of the fantastic Sonoran Desert and have extra fun with a sustained guided hike of three to four hours. We’ll customize the adventure to your mileage, terrain and grade preferences. Explore the amazing Sonoran Desert in Phoenix, Arizona, fun, experienced, local Mad Desert Trekking guide. We love the Sonoran Desert ... and we know you will, too. Why should you book your Camelback Mountain hike with Mad Desert Trekking? We approach every trip with fun in mind. Plus, our pro guides will show you the secrets of the area that few people know about. We will provide everything you need for your hiking adventure, including: - Use of backpacks - Sunscreen - Bottled water - Sports drinks - Trail snacks - Plus, cold beverages after finishing your hike. Our number one priority is your safety. We guarantee a safe, enjoyable and memorable Sonoran Desert experience. The minimum age for this experience is 12. Let's Camelback Mountain!
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$145.00
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$145.00
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Awesome Stand Up Paddleboarding Adventure in a Sonoran Desert Oasis

Awesome Stand Up Paddleboarding Adventure in a Sonoran Desert Oasis

Experience the beauty of giant saguaro cacti and other Sonoran Desert plants and animals on the rocky, mountainous shoreline of a clear, cool lake. Paddle through numerous coves, inlets and around islands in the 7,500-acre reservoir in the regional park, which covers 23,000 acres. - Paddle at your own speed. - Learn the nuances of paddle boarding with a SUP expert. - Adventure lasts 3 hours on the water. - Explore the geology, plants, animals of the Sonoran Desert. - Relax and swim in the comfortable, clear water. We approach every trip with fun in mind. Plus, our pro guides will show you the secrets of Lake Pleasant.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$160.00
Price varies by group size
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$160.00
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Should I book Sonoran Desert tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Sonoran Desert can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Sonoran Desert 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Sonoran Desert costs USD 89.00. Guided Sonoran Desert tours start around USD 89.00 per person.
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