Scottsdale Adventure Tour

Ready for the thrill of Arizona adventures and experiencing Scottsdale? Join us on this fascinating tour blending urban sophistication and the wonders of the desert.  Located in the beautiful Sonoran Desert, Scottsdale, Arizona is bordered by Phoenix to the west and mountains on the east.

Scottsdale’s vibrant downtown is considered the finest urban center in Arizona. It is home to more than 90 restaurants, 320 retail shops and more than 80 art galleries. Just outside of Scottsdale, the Superstition Wilderness is breathtaking and we’ll make our way through this powerful landscape on a guided naturist tour. Expansive vistas, airy heights, plunging depths, towering pinnacles, and ruins of the ancient ones await you. Step inside one of the one of the most amazing Native American ruins in the Southwest, hidden away from casual observers on this unbelievable journey.

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Your Itinerary

On this three-day Scottsdale Adventure tour you’ll experience the best of Scottsdale as well as the spectacular desert country of Central Arizona. We’ll discover the magnificent Superstition Mountains Wilderness and learn about the prehistoric Salado culture. Throughout the trip, we’ll provide access to authentic accommodations and great food.


Day One – Best Hiking in Arizona

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Rogers Canyon – Salado ruin

On our first day, we’ll head out to Rogers Canyon, one of the best hikes in Arizona. Located in the stunning Superstition Wilderness, we will observe fascinating cliff dwellings deep within the gorge. From the start of the hike, gradually the character and look of the landscape will  transform from high desert grassland to riparian. A clear stream coursing through the canyon will add to the scenic allure.

Huge old sycamore trees, juniper, oak and mountain laurel will appear as we venture deeper into the wilderness. Spectacular volcanic rock formations are the main features. Various shapes chiseled by the elements resemble a teapot, Queen Victoria’s crown and we’ll observe huge boulders perched precariously high up on the canyon walls.

We’ll arrive at the Salado cliff dwellings which Rogers Canyon is known for. These well preserved ruins, located in a huge cave above the canyon floor, were the highlight of our day. At one time, as many as 100 people lived here and there were more than 65 rooms when it was constructed over 600 years ago. Most of the ruins have all but vanished but there is still a lot to see. The view from the ruins, looking out across the canyon is fantastic, a sight to behold.

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Superstition Mountains

The  drive back is almost as striking as the hike itself. To the west views of saguaro studded Byous Butte, especially at sunset, are gorgeous. About six miles down the road on the right, if you observe carefully, one may notice a picturesque stone arch. Numerous ridges and peaks of the Superstitions as well as other sky islands are prevalent throughout the journey back to civilization.

Upon our return back to town, we’ll explore Old Scottsdale which has some great galleries. Many of them focus on western art, but there are a few contemporary galleries as well.

We’ll enjoy dinner at The Mission, in Old Scottsdale, indulging in modern Latin cuisine. We’ll check into our accommodations for the evening, The Saguaro. The hotel has a young, contemporary and hip vibe.

Day Two – Scottsdale and Lake Pleasant

After a sumptuous breakfast at The Saguaro, we’ll visit the world famous Taliesen West and enjoy a guided tour. Taliesen West is a Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece. He built his personal winte rhome, studio and architectural campus in 1937. During our tour, we’ll visit some of is wonderfully designed rooms and observe how the indoor spaces were integrated into the desert outdoor spaces. His living room or “garden room,” is particularly impressive.

Next stop on the tour is the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. This museum specializes in contemporary art, architecture and design. The building itself is minimalist in design and has five galleries featuring changing exhibitions and a growing permanent collection.

Located in Old Town is Arcadia Farms, a perfect lunch spot. After lunch, we’ll take a scenic 45 minute drive to beautiful Lake Pleasant.

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kayaking Arizona

In addition to kayaking, sailing and paddleboarding, the lake offers excellent hiking. We’ll enjoy the scenic beauty of Lake Pleasant from the top of Yavapai Point, by hiking the Yavapai Point Trail.

After the hike, we’ll enjoy the lake’s pristine waters by jumping into our kayaks. We’ll explore fascinating coves and glide by the lake’s shoreline. We’ll keep in eye out for wild burros, bobcats and nesting bald eagles which call lake Pleasant home.

We’ll return to Scottsdale for a delicious dinner and our d comfortable accommodations for the night.

Day three – Heard Museum

We’ll visit the famous Heard Museum in Phoenix. Featuring  Native American Art,  the museum houses Native American paintings, jewelry, rugs, baskets and pottery. In addition, a great bookstore, the upscale Berlin Gallery, a cafe’ and restaurant round out its offerings.

After exploring Cave Creek, an old gold mining town and stopping point for the U.S. cavalry in the 1870’s, we’ll enjoy a delicious lunch at The Horny Toad in Cave Creek. After lunch we’ll sojourn back to Scottsdale, completing an exciting and enjoyable long weekend in one of the beautiful and fascinating areas of the Southwest!

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Contact Southwest Discoveries

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Phone: 888-882-2282
Local Phone: 520-722-6860

7660 E. Broadway Blvd. Suite 106
Tucson, AZ 85710

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