Into the Wild, Wild West
Collected by Katarina Kovacevic, AFAR Local Expert
The Sonoran Desert is one of the world's most diverse ecosystems. Explore it!
Pinnacle Peak, Scottsdale, AZ, USA
Spring is a fabulous time to explore the trails around Scottsdale (as is any time of year). The desert plants are bursting to life all around you, their fragrant aires invigorate the soul. Hummingbirds and Cactus Wrens bound around an ecosystem...
Camelback Mountain, Phoenix, AZ 85018, USA
With two hiking trails ascending 1,280 feet to its peak, Camelback Mountain is a great option for nature-fiends who like a challenge. Both the Echo Canyon and Cholla trails exceed a mile in length and are accented with steep grades. Average hiking...
18333 N Thompson Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ 85255, USA
In 1995, Scottsdale residents voted to set aside a large parcel of undeveloped city land as protected open space. Today, the roughly 30,000-acre McDowell Sonoran Preserve provides an opportunity for adventure. Hike, bike, and rock...
15115 N Airport Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85260, USA
Island Air Express stopped flying in April 2016.
October through April, seaplane tours take you approximately 20 miles east of Scottsdale to the storied Superstition Mountains. Taking off from Scottsdale Airport, you’ll soar over the Salt River...
30208 N 152nd St, Scottsdale, AZ 85262, USA
47801 N Black Canyon Hwy, New River, AZ 85087, USA
Originally developed by the Israeli Defense Forces special operations unit, the Tomcar is one badass all-terrain vehicle. With Desert Wolf Tours or Green Zebra Adventures, you can take to the desert in a self-driven, off-road romp though Arizona...
There are a variety of helicopter tour options, and a complete experience depends on which route and company you choose. No matter what, it’s a thrilling ride. Helicopters in the Grand Canyon have permission to fly approximately 1,000...
2243 E Rose Garden Loop, Phoenix, AZ 85024, USA
It’s not until you’re floating high above the horizon that you truly start to appreciate the magnitude of Scottsdale’s Sonoran Desert. Sailing in a hot air balloon offers a fresh perspective of the towering Saguaro cacti, rolling purple mountains...
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