5 Ways to Get Wild in the Desert

By local contributor
JoAnne Zeterberg

If Scottsdale’s bustling downtown is the city’s heart, the Sonoran Desert is its soul. Part serene beauty and part wild child, the desert has a mood to complement your own – and an adventure to match! Best of all, there’s no experience needed. Just pack your curiosity (and your sunscreen) and let our adventure outfitters do the rest. Come on along as we check out the wild side of Scottsdale’s Sonoran Desert!

Make Tracks in a Tomcar

Get behind the wheel and buckle up with Desert Wolf for their Half-Day Tomcar Tour, which takes you deep into the Sonoran Desert. You’ll traverse rugged terrain and may even see some desert critters.

Catch Some Whitewater

Join Arizona Rafting for a half- or full-day whitewater rafting adventure on the Upper Salt River. The river’s class III and IV rapids include the Bump & Grind, Maytag and Overboard. (Seasonal)

Cruise the Trails

Feel the warm desert air whip past as you pedal some of the most picturesque mountain biking trails in the Southwest. Arizona Outback Adventures offers half-day tours for beginner to expert riders.

Scale a Rock Wall

Whether you’re a newbie or have the climbing skills of a gecko, The Boulders has a rock climbing challenge that combines thrills and one-of-a-kind scenic vistas.

Conquer Pinnacle Peak

Finally, for a little DIY adventure, hike to the top of this north Scottsdale landmark. The Pinnacle Peak summit trail is wide and smooth, and the views from the top are worth the uphill trek.