• Saddle Up

    No trip to Scottsdale is complete without a horseback riding adventure. Ride along desert trails and through pristine streams, which is sure to bring out the inner cowboy in everyone.

  • Up, Up and Away

    For the most expansive views of the Sonoran Desert, take to the skies! Hot air balloon flights offer a serene experience as you float over desert terrain.

  • Hit the Tracks

    Scottsdale offers a variety of biking trails and paths, with experiences ranging from flat, paved options to exhilarating rides on rugged desert terrain. 

  • Climb High

    The mountains surrounding Scottsdale provide hundreds of options for climbing. Certified rock rats and beginners alike will find climbs to suit their comfort level.

  • Get off the Beaten Path

    Open-air jeep tours (and other off-road options) make for an exciting way to get a close look at the Sonoran Desert. 

Desert Exploration

Scottsdale’s Sonoran Desert is yours to explore, from winding rivers and towering peaks to lush valleys and arroyos. Take a hike in Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Make a splash on a white-water rafting trip. Or head for the desert’s most pristine expanses on an off-road tour by Jeep, Hummer or horseback. From do-it-yourself experiences to guided excursions, come discover Scottsdale’s adventurous side.

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