Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Resort Living: Outdoor Activities

Scottsdale resorts offer fine dining experiences, great golf courses, and unbeatable service. Those are the things that make resort living so attractive while on vacation. Everything you need is at your fingertips. This time in our Resort Living series, we take a look at something every visitor should do while in Scottsdale…explore the Sonoran Desert. Almost all of the resorts around Scottsdale have outdoor adventure offerings, and here are some examples:

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North: The Four Seasons is famous for providing top notch customer service to their guests, so why would they stop at activities? Take a guided bike tour from the Pinnacle Peak Trail-head right on the property. BouldersWinding through one of the best trails in Scottsdale, a tour up Pinnacle Peak will come with your personal tour guide filling you in on all the wildlife and landscape. Two wheels not your thing? Trade them in for four legs and a saddle. Trotting through the Pinnacle Peak area on horseback is something you will never forget.

The Boulders, A Waldorf Astoria Resort: The resort is named “The Boulders” for a reason…because the property is surrounded by them. You don’t actually understand the captivation of these huge rocks until you see them in person. When you actually do see them right in front of you, you get the urge to climb on them. Scaling large rock formations alone can be dangerous, so the smarter choice is to take one of the rock climbing clinics offered by the resort. Guides will fill you in on the surrounding area and habitat, while providing you with instruction to climb these giants safely.

Radisson Fort McDowell Resort: Get ready for a real Western experience when you stay at the Radisson Fort McDowell. The resort has the unique benefit of being just a walk away from the Verde River, and only a short trip from Saguaro Lake. Take advantage of that. One of the best tours at the resort is the Cattle Drive tour through Fort McDowell Adventures (just a few miles away from the resort). You can live out your dream of being a cowboy for two hours while you take in the desert landscape and make sure the cattle stay on the right path. We recommend boots and a cowboy hat for the full experience, because c’mon, how many other opportunities are you going to get to herd cattle?

Carefree Resort and Conference Center: Carefree, just north of Scottsdale, is surrounded by natural beauty and has a wonderful small-town feel. With everything from guided rock climbing tours, to plane gliding adventures, there is never a shortage of things to do outdoors. Want a suggestion for an activity that you wouldn’t think of doing in the desert? Make the 40 minute drive from the resort to Lake Pleasant and rent jet skis for the day!

Once you’re done exploring the great outdoors, make sure to get your grub on at one of our favorite resort restaurants. Resort living on your Scottsdale vacation can simplify planning and give you some of the best options that the city has to offer.