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Guided Sonoran Desert ATV & UTV Tour

1. Guided Sonoran Desert ATV & UTV Tour

Embark on a guided day tour in the Sonoran desert from Phoenix. Kick up some dust as you go off-road in your UTV and discover some of the best trails in the stunning Bradshaw Mountains, located just north of the city. Start your tour 45 minutes north of Phoenix in the Sonoran desert near the Agua Fria River Valley. Ride along creek crossings and soak up the stunning views of the vast arid landscape.  Accompanied by a certified guide, learn about the plant life, wildlife, history, and climate of the area. Hear stories about the Native Americans who once farmed, hunted, survived, and evolved in this unforgiving desert. Ride along scenic trails past giant Saguaro cacti and deep canyons carved by flash-flooding rains. Cross the Aqua Fria River to experience the wild and vast desert terrain. Spot desert wildlife such as coyotes, bobcats, deer, rabbits, quail, and even rattlesnakes.

Las Vegas: Grand Canyon Helicopter Landing Tour

2. Las Vegas: Grand Canyon Helicopter Landing Tour

Land 4,000 feet below the rim of the Grand Canyon and enjoy a delicious picnic-style champagne lunch and photo opportunities on the banks of the Colorado River. Arrive at the comfortable terminal and receive your safety briefing before boarding a state-of-the-art EcoStar helicopter for your journey to the Grand Canyon. Fly over Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam then enjoy spectacular views of the volcanic Black Mountains, Grapevine Mesa, the Mojave Desert and then across the Grand Wash Cliffs as you enter Grand Canyon West. Land 3,500 feet below the rim of the Grand Canyon and enjoy a delicious glass of champagne, light snacks, and photo opportunities on the banks of the Colorado River.

Phoenix: Hot Air Balloon Flight with Champagne

3. Phoenix: Hot Air Balloon Flight with Champagne

Glide over the Arizona desert on a hot air balloon ride and admire the desert landscape and mountains from above. Toast to your experience with a glass of champagne once you land. The experience begins even before you rise into the sky. Help the crew inflate the balloon for a real "hands-on" adventure, or just relax and take a few pictures as the gentle giant comes alive. Once you gain altitude, enjoy vistas you have to see to believe as you float over the Arizona landscape. Phoenix lies beneath you while desert stretches to the distant mountains. The pilots are FAA-licensed and experienced in navigating with your safety and enjoyment in mind. Your pilot will also answer questions and identify points of interest during your flight. A chase crew will follow on the ground and meet you at the landing site. From there a van takes you back to the launch site. Upon your return, enjoy a celebratory toast of Champagne to cap your unique airborne adventure. You'll also be presented with a flight certificate.

Sedona or Flagstaff: Horseshoe Bend & Antelope Canyon X Tour

4. Sedona or Flagstaff: Horseshoe Bend & Antelope Canyon X Tour

If you are staying in Sedona, your day begins with a scenic and narrated ride from the Red Rocks of Sedona to Flagstaff. You will travel through Oak Creek Canyon, named one of the top 10 scenic drives in the US, then through the towering Ponderosa Pines.  After picking up customers staying in Flagstaff, the vehicle will travel past the dormant volcanoes that make up the San Francisco Peaks and through Navajo Nation.  While on your journey, receive informative and entertaining narration about the areas you pass through from your experienced and knowledgeable local tour guide.  Travel through the Navajo Reservation as your guide shares stories of this ancient culture, and information about the unique geology and vistas along the way. Once you make it across the Navajo Reservation, you will have time to walk out on the unpaved path to see Horseshoe Bend, an iconic viewing vista.  Then, continue to be dazzled by the views at Glen Canyon Dam and the southernmost point of Lake Powell. Upon arrival in Page, Arizona, you will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, meet your Navajo guide for a spectacular tour of Antelope Canyon at the Canyon X site. Take advantage of many photo opportunities as you watch the angle of the sun changing inside the canyon.  Walk with the Navajo through the curves of this red rock slot canyon. You might even hear the sounds of flute music echo off the canyon walls.  After your tour, you'll begin your return trip from Antelope Canyon. You'll pass by the western edge of the Painted Desert as you re-cross the Navajo Reservation for a brief stop at the historic Cameron Trading Post. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back to your hotel.

From Phoenix: Grand Canyon, Sedona, and Oak Creek Day Trip

5. From Phoenix: Grand Canyon, Sedona, and Oak Creek Day Trip

Take a trip to one of the 7 wonders of the natural world on this day tour of the Grand Canyon National Park. You will be collected from selected hotels or apartments in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, or Mesa Arizona. The journey north takes you through amazing views of the Saguaro Cactus in the Sonoran Desert. You will travel through the Ponderosa Pine Forests of Flagstaff where the Lowell Observatory is located. Stop among the Red Rocks of Sedona for time to take in the breathtaking scenery and lots of pictures. Travel through Oak Creek Canyon famous the world over for its spectacular scenery. In the afternoon be taken to the Grand Canyon National Park. Stop for pictures of the Red Rocks of Sedona. Make several stops along the South Rim for picture taking and enjoying the incredible views. See the El Tovar Lodge, a former Harvey hotel. Have the afternoon to explore the sublime park and see many of its ecological wonders and natural beauty. Your professional guide will be able to inform you of the history and stories behind this ancient wonder.

Phoenix Zoo: One Day General Admission Ticket

6. Phoenix Zoo: One Day General Admission Ticket

Pick up a ticket to the Phoenix Zoo, one of the largest non-profit zoos in the U.S. nestled on 125 acres within the beautiful Papago Park. Explore the home of over 3,000 animals with nearly 400 species represented, including many threatened and endangered species. Discover over 2.5 miles of walking paths, divided into Arizona, Africa, Tropics, and Children’s trails, each taking about 1 hour to complete. Admire a variety of inhabitants, including Bornean Orangutans, Asian Elephants, Sumatran Tigers, Komodo Dragons, Masai Giraffes, African Lions, and more. Learn about the threats that endanger many of the species and wildlife you encounter and discover interesting facts about Jurassic ecosystems with animatronic dinosaurs and installations. The hours of operation of the zoo vary depending on the season: from June 1 to August 31, 7 AM-1 PM; from September 1 to October 31, 9 AM-5 PM. from November 1 to January 15, 9 AM-4.30 PM; from January 16 to May 31, 9 AM-5 PM

From Phoenix: Grand Canyon with Sedona Day Tour

7. From Phoenix: Grand Canyon with Sedona Day Tour

Experience the Grand Canyon National Park during this guided tour, entry tickets in. Explore the canyon rim with its panoramic views and visit Sedona along the way. Experience the stunning red rocks of Sedona. Photograph the famous location and take the opportunity to gaze upon the stunning sights of Arizona. Spend approximately 3 hours within the National Park marveling at the beauty that is the Grand Canyon. Discover historic El Tovar Lodge and Hopi House in Grand Canyon Village. Visit the South Rim and take in the dramatic views, ideal for photographers. Enjoy some shopping, walk the rim, or relax at one of the many viewpoints. For the public tour, travel in a 13-seater custom tour van with High Ceilings allowing for full standing, as well as leather captain's chairs. For the private tour, travel in a luxury Suv.

SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium General Admission

8. SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium General Admission

Explore the magical underwater world at SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium. Come see thousands of creatures including sharks, rays, and sea turtles. Touch a sea star or walk through the incredible 360-degree ocean tunnel. Marvel at over 30 unique displays and encounter these amazing creatures from the graceful jellyfish, the beautiful seahorse, or the clever sea turtle. Get up close and personal with the local residents of Arizona’s Salt River at the freshwater exhibit. Come see the Shoaling Ring and watch as hundreds of barred flagtails swim around you. Discover the Bay of Rays and be mesmerized by the happy and smiley rays. Escape to the Temple of the Seahorse and see these mythical creatures up close.  Escape to a kaleidoscope of color at the Coral Reef exhibit. The Coral Reef is bustling with their underwater cities teeming with fish that come in every shape, color, and pattern you can imagine. Visit the Conservation Cove exhibit and learn about how SEA LIFE Arizona works to develop a system of care and best practices to protect the oceans and its creatures.

From Phoenix: Sonoran Desert Guided ATV Training

9. From Phoenix: Sonoran Desert Guided ATV Training

Discover the beauty of the Sonoran Desert while learning how to drive an ATV with a professional instructor and certified guide that will teach you key safety operations and riding tips. Your experience begins with a safety operations briefing, including how to use your helmet, gloves, and safety goggles. Once you're prepped, it's time to drive your ATV through a test course located in the surreal Sonoran Desert. Full of turns, bumps, and hills, your certified guide will help you maneuver through our technical training course. This is a 1 hour ATV training course only. For a full 2-hour desert tour please book our "Guided Self-Drive ATV/UTV Tour." Must be 16 years or older to participate.

Phoenix: Hot Air Balloon Ride with Champagne and Catering

10. Phoenix: Hot Air Balloon Ride with Champagne and Catering

Enjoy a 45-60-minute hot air balloon ride above Phoenix, Arizona. See the expansive mountain ranges and desert wildlife below as your hot air balloon reaches heights of 3000 feet. During the flight, your pilot will point out different landmarks and points of interest. See Downtown Phoenix, Camelback Mountain, Lake Pleasant, and State Farm Stadium from the air. Upon landing, enjoy catered fare prepared by the award-winning Vincent’s on Camelback restaurant, right in the heart of the desert. A traditional balloonist’s ceremony follows with commemorative flight certificates to take home.

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Overall rating

4.6
(33 reviews)

The weather was ideal - would recommend coming in early spring. We liked the Orangutan House, the Tiger display, the Lion habitat and Big Horn Sheep enclosure that included its one boulders and hill. A lot of attention was spent on designing these displays for both the visitors and the animals. Wish we had rented one of the motorized animal scooters - looked like they are fun to drive/ ride!

It was a great time I am older and would never be able to drive all over like that. Han our guide was very informative and was great at telling us what to see and what was coming up. It was snowing and was very cold. When they said bring warm clothes they mean it. I highly recommend this tour.

Excellent. Smokey was a knowledgeable and entertaining guide. We saw many thrilling sites like the painted desert, Horseshoe Bend and the awesome Antelope Canyon. It was a long day but totally worth it to see these sights.

It was a great day overall. Han is really nice and respectful and was knowledgeable as well.

Our guide Jeff was great. Very knowledgeable and fun!