Choose Your Outdoor Adventure
The Sonoran Desert covers more than 100,000 square miles in Arizona, California and northern Mexico, and is one of four major deserts in North America. From guided tours to do-it-yourself hikes, Scottsdale's Sonoran Desert answers your call for adventure.
Lace up your hiking boots! Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve boasts more than 200 miles of shared-use trails for beginners and seasoned trekkers alike. Other popular hiking destinations include Camelback Mountain, Pinnacle Peak and South Mountain Park/Preserve.
Scottsdale’s Sonoran Desert foothills are ideal for biking.
Climb aboard an open-air Jeep or well-muscled Hummer for an off-road tour of the Sonoran Desert.
River Rafting & Water Sports
River rafting, tubing and kayaking are great ways to explore Scottsdale’s pristine rivers and lakes.
Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve is home to more than 200 named climbs with a wide range of difficulty.
Saddle up and get a taste of the Old West on a horseback riding excursion.
Hot-air balloon flights offer a serene experience as you float over desert terrain.
Discover Unique Art and Culture
Explore the arts in Scottsdale from plays, museums, Native American cultural celebrations and more.
Visit a Variety of Shops
Check out an array of shopping hot spots for a diverse collection of retail stores, restaurants and entertainment.
To learn more about all Scottsdale has to offer, visit www.experiencescottsdale.com.