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Great Outdoors

Explore the beautiful Sonoran Desert on your terms…


Explore the scenic Sonoran Desert by going hiking with an experienced guide. Learn about local plants, animals, geology, and history — while burning lots of calories! A variety of treks are available, from modest rolling desert to challenging mountain terrain. Hiking shoes are recommended, but any sturdy athletic footwear will do. Wearing a hat is a good idea. We’ll supply a waist pack, water bottle, and transportation. Contact our concierge at 480.488.7317 for more information.

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park is a unique 40-acre railroad-themed park where you can take a ride on the Paradise and Pacific Railroad and antique carousel, enjoy one of the spacious playgrounds, or have lunch in one of the park’s picnic ramadas.

Ben Avery Shooting Range

Situated on 1650 acres, the Ben Avery Shooting Range is one of the largest publicly-operated facilities in the country and has a Five Star rating from the National Association of Shooting Ranges — the first government facility to receive this designation.

Grand Canyon Air Tour

Soar to new heights with this incredible journey over the majestic Grand Canyon. Witness the fabulous Arizona landscape from a truly awe-inspiring perspective. At 277 river miles (446km) long, 18 miles (29km) wide, and a mile (1.6km) deep, it’s a sight not to be missed! 

Desert Botanical Garden

See the desert as you never have before with a tour of the Botanical Garden. With over 140 acres and over 50,000 plant displays, the Garden is a natural beauty not to be missed. 

McDowell Sonoran Perserve

Explore a living treasure you will never forget. Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve encompasses 27,800 acres with more than 100 miles of trails, including the spectacular McDowell Mountains – a truly stunning sight when visiting at sunset.

Bartlett Lake Hiking

Bartlett Lake has two hiking trails: the Palo Verde Trail, and Jojoba Trail. Both have negligible altitude gain and offer spectacular views of the Lake. The desert trails get dangerously hot in the summer months so it’s best to go early and stock up on lots of water. 

Cave Creek Trail Hiking

This 2,922-acre park sits in the upper Sonoran Desert and ranges in elevation from 2,000 feet to 3,060. This is a desert oasis for any hiker with majestic views and mountain trails.

Spur cross Ranch Conservation Area Hiking

The Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area encompasses 2,154 acres of diverse, rugged upper Sonoran Desert. Hike up to the north Valley for some fascinating archeology sites and lush riparian areas along Cave Creek. This area is a must-see for all wildflower lovers in the spring.


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