• 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

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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